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Afternoon Delight

It's always a great day when there are matches to watch in the afternoon, and today brought the Europa League on to the small screen in the forms of Sheriff (Moldova) vs. Tottenham (England) and Valencia (Spain) vs. St. Gallen (Switzerland).

The opening game had Spurs beating the best team in Moldovan history by a tidy 2-0 scoreline, but Sheriff will be disappointed they didn't make it closer. On the heels of Jan Vertonghen's opener off a Christian Eriksen corner kick Sheriff had nearly the best chance of the match, with Henrique rounding keeper Lloris before Chiriches cleared spectacularly off the line to prevent the equalizer. Sheriff were especially profligate in front of goal, and though Spurs definitely earned the scoreline Sheriff will hope to take more of their excellent chances their next time out. Christian Eriksen earned my Man of the Match, providing the assist on the first goal, flicking Aaron Lennon through clean on goal another, and consistently operating as the offensive fulcrum. Tottenham have full points at the halfway and should easily win the group, perhaps being able to rest some more weary players in their upcoming matches.


Elsewhere, a great goal was scored by Yarmolenko for Dynamo Kiev in their win.

In American News, please stop calling Brett Favre! He doesn't want you back, NFL, and though St. Louis apparently thought enough of him to call, they shouldn't want him either. Kellen Clemens is a proven commodity of awfulness who will probably hold the starting spot for all of three weeks until they give an undrafted rookie a shot, which means either they'll find the next Marc Bulger or they'll have a high draft pick, both of which are more desirable than watching a 44 year old man endure the pounding he would surely take behind that porous offensive line just to win two extra games. If anything, just sign Tim Tebow so we can see what happens when he's the starter on a team that isn't very good, because I'm always in favor of making sports more interesting.

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