Complete Dominance ………. Can It Be Good Or That Bad ?
I think that most sports’ fans would like to a competitive season take place in whatever sport that they may well have a vested interest in be it football , baseball soccer or hockey for that matter. From my own perspective that has always been the case because if there isn’t a great deal of intrigue or some suspense along the way I tend to get bored and in the end take a disinterest in what actually goes on. This year might just one of those years in professional soccer in England within the ( EPL) English Premiership League . Unfortunately it looks as if the league’s most successful team — Manchester United will be once again be running away with the Premiership title without there being much of a challenge to the team’s dominance and supremacy .
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Oh soccer I hear you say , well given the fact that the NFL seems to be intent on shuttering its upcoming season and there only being stark discussion as to any possible resolution as to the labor dispute and ensuing lockout I really don’t think that there’s all that much to really discuss on the sport’s front as it is ! Hell , the NHL has only remote interest to most sports fans I’ve come across within this medium and with the exhibition season still going on within MLB as it regards Spring Training we won’t really indulge ourselves that deeply into the game until Opening Day .
Baseball for all of its vagaries is perhaps the lone professional pastime here in North America that to me is unlike any other when it comes to the suspense and expectations of the fans in general . Now being an expat Brit now approaching their second decade as a resident here in the US , I’ve got to say the game is as much a passion of mine as is soccer in the UK or should I say England in particular. Having once been a passionate Florida Marlins’ fans I’ve now disavowed the team and in particular the ownership group led by Jeffrey Loria the team’s multi-billionaire owner. Nothing displeases me more than to hear an owner repeatedly lie not just to the fans in general but to the local politicians within the area in order to get his own way . Now one might say …… well what’s new as all owners and politicians do it ” ? But the fact of the matter is when the owners do it and it is then condoned by the game’s hierarchy it makes that situation all the more unpalatable. Not unlike I think the present impasse between the NFL and the NFLPA at present , as it’s now really hard to believe who’s simply telling the truth and who’s actually being somewhat economical with it.
Now if the truth be known until Opening Day in baseball I won’t really taking all that much notice of the sport in general . And even then as the teams try to strive for some semblance of a rhythm and consistency I’m not so sure that I’ll be amped to watch that much baseball to begin with. If anything I’ll closely be watching the proceedings as things start to play itself out with that heightened crescendo within the EPL .
The heavily favored Manchester United team looks to rewrite the history books once again this season under its manager Alex Ferguson the game’s and team’s most successful manager in history. To compare Ferguson’s achievements in the game is to try and make comparisons to that of Scottie Bowman within the NHL , Phil Jackson’s successes with both the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers , Vince Lombardi in the AFL/NFL, Chuck Noll and the unprecedented success achieved by the New York Yankees throughout their storied history with their various successful managers along the way.
Whereas , Jackson’s success has been with two teams in the case of Ferguson his success within the Premiership and on the European front in the UEFA Champions League has all been done singularly with Manchester United . He has won multiple Premiership titles , and the game’s two other most prestigious domestic trophies the Carling Cup (formerly the League Cup ) and FA Cup again multiple times along with Champions League title once in perhaps one of the most famous games ever in that competition. In all Ferguson has won in excess of 18 domestic competitive titles along with the Champions League in his tenure with perhaps the world’s most famous sport’s and recognized sport’s franchise outside of the New York Yankees . You can go to any part of the globe and mention either of those teams and I can guarantee that you’ll get a response, to either one as what they represent and who they actually are.
Ferguson has the chance to achieve another feat in chasing down and winning two domestic trophies with the FA Cup and Premiership title but he also has the chance of winning the Champions League title as well , given that the team has reached the latter stages of European club competition football’s most prestigious tournament. He’s already has achieved the domestic double of winning the FA Cup and Premiership in the same season once before and he looks to join a select group of coaches to have done that within English soccer.
I’m not about to suggest that you all become besotted by the game because that’s the furthest thing from my mind but given the fact that there’s very little to really keep me engaged in the sports world at present , I simply thought I’d try something different to indulge you all in for the moment. I know that the draw has been made for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament but until that event kicks off , I know that there’ll be a sundry of things to do as it relates to picking the brackets and opting for which teams are due to fall and which ones will prevail. Let’s just say that this Duke Blue Devil’s fan is looking for Mike Krzyzewski and his team to make a successful defense of the title they won last year in defeating Butler , in what turned out to be a really entertaining tournament.
Manchester United’s lead atop of the league table table is now 3 points and the gap though not that large now seems to be gargantuan given the inconsistent form being shown by their nearest rivals Arsenal , Manchester City and Chelsea . That being said just about anything could happen between now and the end of the season , in which the applecart could be upset with the remote possibility that United could see their lead be erased in the ensuing weeks in the build up to the season’s finale. That’s something I don’t believe that Alex Ferguson and his team will be entertaining at this juncture as the stakes are far too high for them to let that happen. Winning is ingrained into this organization and nothing says success more than adding won another prestigious trophy to add to an already burgeoning trophy cabinet.
United’s season hasn’t exactly come as an overall surprise to their fans or for that fact the those who follow the Premiership closely . Ferguson made sure to assemble a team that’s fully intent on winning trophies and with that intent comes the players’ own wish to follow their coach’s lead. Wayne Rooney perhaps the team’s best and most idolized player has had an outstanding season . Given the fact that his World Cup experience was something of a major disappointment where he and coach Fabio Capello’s national squad proved to a a complete embarrassment with their less than enthusiastic showing. Rooney has rebounded this season with the player and teammates excelling in parts of their game. Nowhere has this been more apparent than with the team’s defense and their showing . But it’d be remiss to say that the attack hasn’t been as potent as ever given the play there also not only by Rooney but also his partners in crime Dimitar Berbatov and Javier Hernandez .
It has been a collective allround team effort this season as to the team’s dominance in the league and it appears that there’s little out there to deter their efforts other than the team’s own complacency . The team’s offense has been clicking on all cylinders with Rooney , Berbatov and Hernandez providing much of that offense scoring 36 goals between them in the Premiership this season , more than half the team’s tally of 63 in the league And other than Manchester City , Arsenal and Chelse they’ve allowed the fewest goals (30) in the Premiership over the course of the season so far .
With there now having been 29 games played in the Premiership’s and the vast majority of the teams within the league having played that amount in the season’s 38 game schedule, for the 20 teams that make up the Premiership (EPL). It now remains to be seen which team if any will rise to the occasion to challenge Manchester United’s dominance within the league over the remainder of the schedule . At this juncture I’m not so sure that Arsenal or Manchester City will be able to really mount a serious challenge to United’s dominance . And that is even with Arsenal having played one less game than the league leaders.
And though the Premiership tends to provide us with thrills , spills and the totally unexpected I think that at this juncture it’s pretty much safe to say that Manchester United’s fate simply rests in their own hands and no else’s . Though it would not surprise me were they to surrender their lead , I think in reality that’s now high unlikely . But it will definitely be most interesting to see what happens between now and the end of the regular season to see what’s in store for the team.
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As to the dominance of a team in a sport do you feel that it’s healthy or simply a sign that the rest of the competition around isn’t that great ? Within the Premiership this season Manchester United has clearly been a dominant force and though they’ve been challenged to an extent they have managed to make light of those challenges and still stand tall in the saddle . What thoughts if any do you have one team being dominant over all others in their respective sport and which team to your mind has been the most dominant you’ve ever seen ? Simply chime in with your thoughts on the topic in question and the other points that have been raised within this piece. And as usual thanks for the continued support as it has always been appreciated !
Alan aka tophatal ………………
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(1) Sir Alex Ferguson manager of United during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Manchester United and Marseille at Old Trafford on March 15, 2011 in Manchester, England. Getty Images / Alex Livesey ……….
(2) Javier Hernandez of Manchester United celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Manchester United and Marseille at Old Trafford on March 15, 2011 in Manchester, England. Getty Images Europe / Alex Livesey …………..
(3) Manchester United players observe a minutes silence in memory of the Japanese earthquake victims ahead of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Manchester United and Marseille at Old Trafford on March 15, 2011 in Manchester, England. Getty Images Europe / Alex Livesey ………
(4) Gabriel Heinze (L) of Marseille battles for the ball with Nani of Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Manchester United and Marseille at Old Trafford on March 15, 2011 in Manchester, England. Alex Livesey / Getty Images Europe ……
(5) Wayne Rooney of Manchester United in action during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Manchester United and Marseille at Old Trafford on March 15, 2011 in Manchester, England. Getty Images/ Alex Livesey
(6) Liverpool’s Dirk Kuyt goes flying in front of Manchester United’s Rafael Da Silva and Chris Smalling. Kuyt would go on to score all three goals in Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over Manchester United . courtesy of Premierleague.com ………. @ copyrighted material all rights reserved
(7) Liverpool’s Maxi Rodriguez and Manchester United’s Nani (foreground) battle for the ball in a Premier league (EPL) game played at Anfield (home ground to Liverpool) won by the home team 3-1 on 6th March 2011 . AP/Reuters/ Glenn Hall ……..
(8) 06 March 2011, Liverpool 3 – 1 Man Utd
Dirk Kuyt celebrates with Steven Gerrard and Raul Meireles after scoring Liverpool’s second goal . AP/Reuters / Glenn Hall …………
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