The NFL Season in Review

This was yet another topsy-turvy year in the NFL.  We had changing of the guards in some divisions and we had some old vets continue their dominance at the top.  Not to mention for some of the old vets we saw them make history.  Take notes youngsters. However we did see some of the young guns get better and some take steps back.  We definitely have exciting playoffs to look forward to but that’s for another day. Enough about these random topics lets find out what we really learned this year in the recap of the NFL Regular Season.

Peyton Manning is still well…Peyton Manning. 

His 55 regular season touchdowns were a record setting mark.  Breaking the previous record of 50 set by his rival Tom Brady.  Not to mention he took away Drew Brees passing record of 5,476 eclipsing it by one yard and getting to 5,477. It was a big part to the Denver Broncos setting the record for most points scored in the regular season.  Chalk another accomplishment to the many Peyton has in the REGULAR SEASON.

Cowboys still cant get out of their December slump.

            The Cowboys again found themselves in a win or go home game in the final week of the regular season. Again they find themselves on the outside looking in for the third year in a row.  This time however they did it without Tony Romo.

Chicago again can thank the Cowboys for covering up their December blunder.

            Again the Chicago bears fell apart at the end of the season.  It seems that every year the Bears start hot. This year 3-0 and last year 7-1 only to see them falter down the stretch and miss the playoffs.  Ending this year 2-4 and last year losing five of their last eight.  Much like the Cowboys they had a win or go home versus a team on their own field and couldn’t come away with a victory.  Suddenly the switch back to Cutler doesn’t look so good does it?

The NFC West is no longer the laughing stock of the NFL

            Remember 4 years ago when the NFC West was atrocious? Well that’s not the case anymore.  Three teams finished with 10 or more wins.  Those teams being the number 1 seed Seattle Seahawks, reigning NFC Champions San Francsico 49ers, and Arizona Cardinals.  Not to mention its not like the Rams at 7-9 were anything to laugh about. Its without a doubt the new black and blue division in the NFL.

The Panthers aren’t a team built around Cam Newton anymore.

            This team is winning games not because of Cam Newton but more in large part to Luke Kuechly and that loaded defense.  Does it help that Cam Newton is there?  Yes. But now he doesn’t have to feel the need to shoulder the weight of the team on his back.  This team is dangerous right now.  Its not a team to take lightly if they are to find themselves in Seattle fighting for the right to represent the NFC.

The defensive coordinators halted the second coming of Jesus on the spread option.

            Sure did we see the spread option continue in the NFL this year? Yes.  But it wasn’t nearly as effective as it was last year.  When you get an entire offseason to prepare for the spread offense it certainly makes its less effective.  However teams that had mobile AND accurate quarterbacks still made life miserable for opposing defenses.  Those teams being the Seattle Seahawks and the Nick Foles led Philadelphia Eagles.  Whereas teams that had quarterbacks that were a bit more inaccurate saw their offenses take steps back.  Those teams being Washington, San Francisco and the Michael Vick led Eagles.

Steeler fans still think the NFL has it out for them.

After the last week of the season and all the blown calls in the San Diego Kansas City game last night its only fitting that Steeler nation is cry fowl again.  I cant begin to tell you how many status, tweets I saw about this last night. The conversations amongst these fans around the water cooler is definitely going to be about how Roger Goddell has it out for the Steelers.  Well you may have a case Steeler fans but maybe next year don’t start out 0-4.  Take care of business early and you wont have to count on other things to go your way.

The Houston Texans fans are quick to turn their back.

            This team for the past three years has been one of the most successful teams in the AFC.  Did they win the Super Bowl or anything?  No.  But they certainly put a good product out on the field.  After a terrible first three games under Matt Shaub the Houston faithful started mocking him.  Making sandwiches called the Matt Shaub Burger saying “Pick Six” toppings after all of his pick sixes to start the year.  To “top” it off when Matt Shaub went down with a nasty looking ankle injury the crowd cheered that he was down for the count.  Shame on you Texans fans. SHAME. ON. YOU.

 

The Raiders, Browns, Buccaneers, Jaguars, and Bills are still fighting for worst franchises in NFL football.

            While the Browns and Raiders have an early lead on the chasers its still the same swan song for fans of these franchises.  The Browns and Buccaneers have amassed talented rosters only to see the promise go unfulfilled.  Raiders and Jaguars were plagued by sloppy penalties, turnovers and a revolving door at QB.  Meanwhile the Bills were decimated by injuries all season long.  The question is who will turn it around the quickest?  One thing we do know is that these fans aren’t surprised to see their teams picking in the top end of the draft….Its customary for these teams.  Its like turkey on Thanksgiving.  Couldnt have it any other way.

Black Monday continued in the NFL.

It started late Sunday with the Browns firing Rob Chudzinski after one season.  Then came the firing of Greg Schiano of Tampa Bay, Jim Schwartz of Detroit, Mike Shanahan of Washington and Minnesota’s Leslie Frazier. The writing was on the wall for coaches like Schiano and Shanahan from mid season on.  However the inconsistency of Minnesota under Leslie Frazier is what did him in even with a playoff trip under his name last year.  Then came Jim Schwartz, sitting at 6-3 in a division when the Bears and the Packers were without their starting quarterbacks for the entire second half of the season. Just pencil the Lions in right? Nope they found a way to crap the bed.  Losing six of their final seven games.  Shocking to say the least.

Peyton Manning and Tom Brady led teams are again the teams that sit atop the AFC.

            No shocker here the teams that have the bye week in the AFC come from teams that have Tom Brady or Peyton Manning at the helm.  It only seems like a collision course for these two at Mile High in three weeks.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are the best of the worst.

            The Pittsburgh Steelers are the front runners to win the consolation bracket.  This team started so poorly only to see themselves finish 8-4 to end the season.  If it weren’t for Antonio Brown stepping out by a half inch on the final play against the Dolphins on that wild lateral filled finish in week 15 it would be the Steelers and not the Chargers that would be facing Cincinnati this week.  Below you can see just how close they came.

Nick Foles made NFL History.

            Nick Foles finished the year with a 27-2 touchdown to interception ratio.  Who would have seen that coming from Foles at the beginning of this year?  Certainly not me.  Foles also added a seven touchdown performance versus the Oakland Raiders tying the NFL record for most TD passes thrown in a game.  He sat the entire third quarter or I’m sure he would hold the record.

Chip Kelly added another win for the ex Pac-12 coaches.

            Chip Kelly put another notch in the Pac-12 alumni coach belts.  He (Oregon) along with Pete Carroll (USC) and Jim Harbaugh (Stanford) made the leap from the college ranks to the pro rank by winning their division in their first year at the helm.  All three are in the playoffs this year as well.  TAMPA HIRE DAVID SHAW!!!

Rex Ryan is still a great DEFENSIVE coach.

            Ok we can all make fun of how bad the Jets are at times.  But lets be honest what Rex Ryan was able to accomplish this year was impressive to say the least.  This team has absolutely ZERO offensive playmakers and still found a way to win eight games this year.  Ill let you take a pick of the litter in terms of Jet playmakers on offense and I would be willing to bet that not only would none of them start on any other NFL team but that only half would even crack the second team offense in other systems.  Now some of that can be pinned on Ryan for not addressing this in the draft but what he was able to squeeze out of this roster this year was great. Maybe it was the magic belly rubs?

The Rams won the gamble.

Two years ago the Rams traded away the rights to the number two spot in the NFL Draft to the Washington Redskins so they could draft RGIII.  What they received in return were three first round picks and a second rounder.  Well now the Rams, thanks to the Washington Redskin debacle this year, earned the number two pick in this years draft.  The Rams are already loaded and improving and now it will only get better after they won “the gamble”.

The teams at the top of the draft order this year were one year to early.

            Teams that finished at the bottom of the league were a bit premature with their ability to suck the most.  This years quarterback draft class is average to say the least, especially if Teddy Bridgewater goes back to school. Sure will Johnney football sell tickets?  Yes.  But I still don’t buy that he’s a franchise quarterback.  I look at him much as I did Vince Young.  But next year you have the likes of Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Bryce Petty and potentially Teddy Bridgewater.  I pray the Buccaneers are picking number 1 next year.  GM’s wont have to squint at all the names on the big board if they’re picking number one next year.  It will simply show a big name that even J-boo can read.  JAMEIS WINSTON.

January Transfer Guide: Liverpool

Liverpool-badgeI’m going say something I never thought I would say about a top 4 side.  Liverpool need to get better EVERYWHERE.  The magical ability of Luis Suarez and the goals of Daniel Sturridge have glossed over some of the huge cracks that the Liverpool side possesses.  Their captain is old and injury prone, their midfield is too young, and there isn’t enough depth up top.  While they have played their way into a good run thus far, the Reds definitely need help.  Especially if they hope to take this year and translate it into Champions League success…

Daniel Sturridge has always had injury problems and Luis Mohamed SalahSuarez has always had, well, other problems.  Iago Aspes has not had the success that Liverpool expected from him and Swansea look like they are willing to buy.  Some players just don’t thrive at Anfield and it is definitely time for Liverpool to deal him on before he is no longer an asset.  This does put the front of the Liverpool line in a quandary, since they have promised Suarez he will never walk alone.  While Raheem Stirling has added to the excitement the last few weeks I am sure Brendan Rodgers isn’t banking on his youth.  There is an interesting option coming out of Switzerland, where Egyptian Striker Mohamed Salah has been linked with a move to Merseyside.  He has certainly shown his capability on the real stage with a big goal against Chelsea in Champions League Play.  He is also an attacking player that enjoys being out wide and would be an excellent compliment to Suarez and Sturridge.

Liverpool’s next target is on the opposite end of the country where both Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana putAdam Lallana on a show last week.  Lallana would make an instant impact in the middle of Liverpool’s 11 with his ability to connect the play from back to front.  His ability to govern the field could make him the natural successor to Gerrard, if Liverpool is able to acquire him.  Southampton seem to be putting on an iron wall to protect their best asset and Liverpool will have to come up with some major cash to land him.  Jay Rodriguez would be another player that could complement Suarez or Sturridge when they are in lone striking rolls with his ability to play out wide.  He will also be easier to pry away from Pochettino then Lallana come January.

Javier Pastore                Buying players in England can be expensive business, especially when it comes to buying from a team that, like you, is competing for a Champions League spot.  However, there is another attacking option coming from the continent and from a historically cheaper league.  While Paris Saint Germain don’t meet the standard that their French brethren uphold, they are still in the market to sell out of favor midfielder Javier Pastore.  The Argentine won’t be cheap but at least he is not on everyone’s radar like Lallana.

Liverpool’s final purchase needs to shore up their back line.  Brendan Rodgers loves changing from 3 to 4 to 5 backs depending on the situation and luckily there is a player that can help.  The popular name that has been swirling around is Ashley Cole, who is in the last year of his contract with Chelsea.  Cole has also found himself sitting behind Spanish right back Cesar Azipilcueta, who was converted to left back when Cole sustained an injury.  Mourinho may be unwilling to give up a talented player who means so much to his backline, both on and off the pitch.  The more likely solution for Liverpool is Ryan Bertrand, who seems to have fallen off the Earth at Stamford Bride.  The Englishman would join fellow Chelsea outcasts Victor Moses and Daniel Sturridge.  Plus for a Liverpool side that is looking to add a lot, he is a cheaper option.

Luis Suarez                With all these additions someone will have to depart from Anfield to make room.  Earlier in the article, Aspes was mentioned to go to Swansea, which would clear room for the likes of Rodriguez and Salah.  Jose Reina will be sold eventually, possibly to Barcelona, but since he is already out on loan his future may not be a January priority for Rodgers.  Besides that I would be careful about auctioning off some of the squad.  Suarez is the man that can lead you back to glory and without Champions League Football, he will leave.  While his contract does have a 100 Million Pound buyout clause that Real Madrid will certainly try to scrape together the money for, Liverpool must try to keep him at all costs.  So Tom Werner, break out the check book.  Time to go to work.

January Transfer Guide: Manchester City

manchester-cityCurrently Manchester City is the deepest and most talented group of players on the EPL side of the Channel. One could even argue that their skill level rivals those fielded by Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. However, The Powder Blues’ form has been suspect away from the Etihad this year. While their recent form has been better, this is a problem they need to fix in January before it becomes a problem in May.

casillasWhat would the new look Manchester City be without a big money, big name signing come January. And no City fans I am not talking about Messi. There are some things that money can’t buy and what the Little Argentine means to Barcelona is impossible to estimate. Plus Messi would just come in and strengthen a strength, while Pellegrini will be focused on his weaknesses. Joe Hart may be the best goal keeper that England has, but he is certainly not the best that City can afford. While the rumors for Manuel Neuer are utter nonsence, the Sheiks money could land another big time name. Iker Casillas displeasure in his current position at the Bernabeu should leave a door open that City can exploit. The World Cup is playing on the Spaniards mind, and guaranteed playing time at a big time club is a must if you want to play for the best international team in the world. If City cannot secure the big name keeper, Julio Cesar could be tempted to leave QPR on loan to play in the Premier League. However, securing him on a transfer would mean prying him away from Harry Redknapp’s plans, which would be difficult without a premium.

Manchester City has also struggled in the middle of their backline. Lescott is not the player he was and City are Vincent_Kompany_2207458cstruggling to find answers. Vincent Kompany’s battles with injuries has also left doubts in many of the Rowdy Neighbors minds. While City cannot afford to replace their captain now, they do need options if the Belgian disappears into injury abyss. Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala looks to be a prime target for City, however he will need time to adjust to the speed of the Premier League game. If Tottenham has taught us anything this year players from lesser leagues are ill prepared to step into the blender that is the BPL. Etienne defender Kurt Zouma could also join City in the winter, but his disciplinary issues on the pitch would make me nervous. However, he did shut down Falcao in their match up with Monaco, proving he has some quality. Plus, while the French Ligue 1 isn’t incredible, it is more similar to the talent level you find in England.

agueroWith all the talent that City has, it is easy to speculate on all the players that are going to leave. However, many of these rumors are just speculation for January, and City would be unwilling to part with many of their key players during a title run. If City manages to bring in a top level keeper, Joe Hart will fall as the next domino. Luckily for the Englishman, there are many teams that would do well with his services. Maybe going and playing for say Stoke, where the pressure for perfection is a little less, would be good for Hart. Lets not forget he is still a tremendous talent… but just a bit of a head case. Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero have both been rumored to join Hart leaving the Etihad. However, there was something that Real, Chelsea and Arsenal couldn’t predict and thats Aguero going down injured. Yes Manchester City fans Sergio’s injury is a blessing in disguise. Real Madrid will not spend a healthy sum on the Argentine with the future of his season in doubt, especially with the sum the just spent on Bale (plus they’re saving up for a summer bid for Suarez). Pellegrini is also unlikely to move a striker while his main target is down injured in the height of a title run.

City will bring in a big name at Keeper just because they are City and thats what City does. However, don’t look for too many changes at the Etihad. Chemistry is everything with stars, and right now the Powder Blues are cooking up a delicious and addictive product with that chemistry. Names like Milner, Garcia and Navas are also regulars on the bench, so the need for depth there is non-existent. Don’t be surprised to see a few new backs come to the Etihad though. While they won’t be regulars, their introduction into cup games and as substitutes could lead to a better product down the road.

January Transfer Guide: Everton

evertonEverton is in the midst of a huge moment in club history.  The Toffees currently sit 5th in the table, a single point out from a Champions League spot and are the best defensive team in the Premier League.  While the Merseyside club is used to similar results, the Toffees haven’t possessed the levels of young attacking talent the club currently has at its disposal.  While the defensive spine can be accredited to a David Moyes’ long tenure, Roberto Martinez has injected a creative flair into Everton.  This has created an interesting cross roads in Everton history.  Should the club spend money with the hopes of grabbing the 4th spot and the millions of dollars that comes with Champions League play?  Or should they settle, sell their top players and reload?

Leighton Baines seems to already be heading out of Goodison Park this January to fulfill his dream to play for colemanManchester United.  However he is not the only player currently being targeted by a top club.  Irish Defender Seamus Coleman may be a target for Arsenal depending on how the Gunners contract talks go with Bacary Sagna.  While Brian Oviedo has shown his ability to fill in for Baines in the last few weeks, the blow to the depth of the squad will be severe if the club was to lose both Coleman and Baines.  There is talk that the Toffees could add Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand.  Bertrand has fallen down Mourinho’s pecking order behind both Ashley Cole and Cesar Azpilicueta.  If Bertrand desires a move though he better hope that Chelsea add another full back or Mourinho might be unwilling to give up the depth he has.

Everton has more than a solid base to build on for a push to a Champions League spot.  However, there are some issues.  Their star striker Romelu Lukaku and super sub Gerard Deulofeu are both loans Clint-Dempseyfrom Chelsea and Barcelona respectively.  Without these two, Everton would not even be close to the attacking side they are now.  Unfortunately for a side deprived of funds, this may be the path the rest of Everton’s year.  Two players who have been deprived of time at Moyes’s United, Zaha and Valencia, would most likely welcome a move to a stronger side.  Clint Dempsey has been another name linked to Everton.  While the Fulham deal may look done, the Toffees have had various American connections through the years (Landon Donovan and current keeper Tim Howard) and could use the goals if Lukaku’s form ever dries out.

These moves only help the Toffees this year though, what about for the future?  Addition of Moscow winger AidenAiden-McGeady-006 McGeady would certainly add to the depth of the club and help the Toffees achieve their goals.  Unfortunately, without the guarantee of Champions League money until the summer, Everton will be in a little bit of a bind.  Of course the Toffees could sell off their top players like Ross Barkley or Nikica Jelavic in order to add some money to the pot but at what cost.  Yes the sale of these two players would help Martinez secure Lukaku for the future from Chelsea, but there is no guarantee the Blues are in the mood to sell him.

In the meantime it appears the Toffees are in for a swoop of the Scottish Premier League.  Martinez has been robertsonreportedly linked to the purchase of Dundee United stars, Andrew Robertson and John Souttar.  Don’t expect to see these two in Merseyside Blue this year though.  Martinez will most likely send the duo back to Scotland on a loan spell.  However, it is good to see one of the top managers for a top side building for the future.

Martinez recognizes he has a very good squad but there is still a long way to go.  Gaining a Champions League spot would do amazing things for the Toffees, and with that money they could go out and do some summer shopping.  This January, though, is a different story.  If Everton are able to make a move for a decent Irish winger, an offensive solid left back from Chelsea, and a loan for Zaha or Valencia they could have just enough depth to edge out one of the big boys.

January Transfer Guide: Cardiff City

297px-Cardiff_City_Crest.svgCardiff City managed to fight their way into the Premiership last year by winning the Championship by 8 points.  In fact they seemed to be the most prepared of the three promoted clubs to deal with the pressure of the Premier League.  There was hope for the fans of the Blue Birds with the money that came pouring in from Southeast Asia to make a charge at the Premier League.  However not all is going according to plan in South Wales and January could end up being a tumultuous time.

Malkay Mackay was the driving force behind Cardiff’s fantastic Championship Campaign last year.  44f7b-swansea-v-reading-play-offHowever, the Scotsman has fallen out with Cardiff owner Vincent Tan, partly because of Mackay’s spending record.  The Malaysian owner wasn’t too pleased when he found out he had to fork up millions of dollars in bonuses that weren’t in Mackay’s budget.  This, in part, lead to Tan firing Mackay’s head scout and right hand man Iain Moody.  Tan has also announced that there will be no money for Mackay to spend to improve his squad come January.  So what will happen this winter for the Blue Birds?

Vincent Tan has already changed the clubs logo and their home jerseys.  This move away from tradition hasn’t necessarily endeared the Malaysian to his fan base.  This bout with Malkay Mackay hasn’t helped either, since the manager is a fan favorite.  Basically what you have here is an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object.  Something has to give or the whole thing will explode.

Wilfried_Zaha  Tan will end up giving Mackay the money, just not as much as the Scotsman wants.  Cardiff will have to then rely on loan moves and leagues with cheap transfer fees.  Wilfred Zaha is a name that could be embroidered on a Blue Birds shirt come January, even if it is just for a short term loan.  Cardiff will have to battle that one out with Crystal Palace though, as the London side looks to reabsorb the Manchester United midfielder.  Mackay also seems to be targeting Portuguese midfielder Hugo Vieira.  However, while his projected 2 million pound transfer fee may not seem much to those who keep up with the megadeal, it is a lot of money to pry from an owner not looking to spend.  If the Blue Birds do need a cheaper option, I would recommend they look to the States.  Graham Zusi is a name that comes to mind.  Zusi is a mature player with Championship level quality that is capable of scoring goals and playing wide.  While I don’t think he would be a first team player for the Blue Birds, he can most certainly add much needed depth.

And if this doesn’t happen Mackay will most likely be sacked by the end of the year…..

Cardiff does need to strengthen their side to stay above the relegation zone.  If Vincent Tan wants his team to cloughmeet his expectations, he needs a history lesson.  Brian Clough consistently spent more then what was allotted to him in his budget, much to the anger of his board.  However, his results speak for themselves.  He brought titles to both Nottingham Forest  and Derby County, two smaller clubs.  While I am not saying Mackay is on the same level as the greatest club manager of all time, he has proven that with the right funds he can lead the Blue Birds to good results.  Let’s face it, in the Premier League if you’re not moving forward you get passed up.  And I’m sorry to say it Cardiff fans, if Tan doesn’t open up that check book you will be going down.

If the Premier League Table were Reflective off Clubs Salaries

Here at Six Beers Deep Sports we like to look at things from all sorts of angles.  One of my pet peeves with sports that dont have salary caps has always been that I felt teams were simply buying wins.  Sure is it fair play when any club or team could spend as much as they want?  Sure.  But you see more parody in the NFL and NHL than you do in the MLB or Premier League because those leagues have salary caps that equal the teams out.  So the question is what would happen if you were to take the clubs/teams salaries and then factor that in their final point total or win total.  It would surely make things more interesting right?  It would help you have a better understanding on which front offices and who manages their budget the best.

So for this arguments sake lets take the final table from last years Premier League and adjust it taking into account the teams budget.  So for as an example of how we’re going to do this lets take Manchester City.  Their Salary in pounds is 200 million.  They ended the year with 78 points.  So to find out the number of points they earned by pounds spent we simply took the 78 points and divided it by their salary, in this case 200.  78/200 = .39.  So for every million pounds they spent they earned .39 points toward their final point total.

So putting our methods into action (See table below)  we can see all the Premier League clubs and their clubs budget next to their final points.  Based off this table we can see which clubs under-performed and what teams are over-performed.

The clubs that under-performed the most in order were QPR (.36) Manchester City (.39) Chelsea (.44) Liverpool (.48) Arsenal (.50) and Aston Villa at (.54).

The clubs that over-performed the most in order were Swansea (1.35) Southampton (1.1) Norwich (1.1) West Brom (1.0) and Everton (1.0).  These teams were the only teams that earned positive points in relation to their clubs budget.  Pretty impressive front offices at these clubs to say the least.

Clubs

Salaries in Pounds

2012/2013

Final Points

Points Per Pounds Spent

Manchester City
200£
78
0.39
Chelsea
172£
75
0.44
Manchester United
162£
89
0.55
Arsenal
144£
73
0.51
Liverpool
127£
61
0.48
Tottenham
93£
72
0.77
Aston Villa
75£
41
0.55
QPR
69£
25
0.36
Newcastle
65£
41
0.63
Sunderland
62£
39
0.63
Everton
62£
63
1.02
Stoke
55£
42
0.76
Fulham
55£
43
0.78
West Ham
51£
46
0.90
West Brom
48£
49
1.02
Norwich
41£
44
1.07
Southampton
37£
41
1.10
Wigan
37£
36
0.97
Reading
34£
28
0.82
Swansea
34£
46
1.35

So lets take the Premier League table and readjust it in relation to points earned during the 2012/2013 season and multiply it by each teams adjusted PPPS (Points per pounds spent) and see where the teams ended up.  For this example we will stick with Manchester City who finished the season with 78 points.  Their PPPS was .39.  So our formula for their readjusted points for Manchester City is  78 X .39 = 30.073, or 30 points.  This would be good for 14th place in the table.  A far cry from their 2nd place finish they ended up with before SBDS’s changes.

According to our SBDS Premier League table the club that would have taken the title would have been David Moyes Everton side with 64 points. Sorry Fergie, you dont end your career on top.  You actually lose out to your eventual replacement.  Mind blowing.  The teams that would fill the the Champions League spots (Highlighted in dark green) would have been Swansea with 62 points, followed by AVB’s Tottenham side with 56.  West Brom (Light Green) snuck in the Champions League playoff spot with 50 points just ahead of Manchester United (Silver) who would have to settle for a Europa spot with 49 points.  The teams that end up going down to the championship (In red) are QPR with a whopping 9 points.  A pathetic total to say the least. Bigger club Aston Villa also go down with 22 points, and joining them are Reading with 23 points.

What’s interesting in this is that two of the clubs in the SBDS adjusting table that got relegated (QPR and Reading)  got relegated in real life too.  The biggest jump in the rankings were Swansea who went from 9th to 2nd and Wigan who went from 18th to 11th.   Each jumping 7 spots respectively.  Reconfirming the thoughts that Michael Laudrup (Pictured Below) and Roberto Martinez were some of the Premier Leagues top managers. The biggest drops were of course Manchester City who went from 2nd to 14h. Dropping 12 spots. Confirming the firing of Roberto Mancini.  Chelsea weren’t to far behind them going from 3rd to 12th, who also fired their manager Rafael Benitez.  Along with the other disappointing sides were Liverpool who went from 7th to 15th.

Clubs

Final Points after the SBDS adjustments

Everton
64
Swansea
62
Tottenham
56
West Brom
50
Manchester United
49
Norwich
47
Southampton
45
West Ham
41
Arsenal
37
Wigan
35
Fulham
34
Chelsea
33
Stoke
32
Manchester City
30
Liverpool
29
Newcastle
26
Sunderland
25
Reading
23
Aston Villa
22
QPR
9

Its obviously something that no fan of teams like United, City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool will ever want to look at. But to the fan who hates leagues without salary caps its certainly something thats very entertaining.  You really get an appreciation for the clubs front offices and how the mangers produce results with seemingly less talented sides.  Dont worry you can be sure that Six Beers Deep Sports will produce another final table at the end of the 2013/2014 season to crown the TRUE champion of the Premier League.  But for now its Everton who have taken the title.

 

SBDS Weekly Podcast

00:00-28:30

Luis Suarez heroics and go over the Manchester City Arsenal game.

 

28:30-47:30

Winston Heisman, Discuss the National Title Game

47:30-60:00

Which Bowl game we think will be the best outside of the title game, Who is the best fit for Texas.

60:00-63:53

Random chatter from the lads.

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Song choice – Kryptonite – 3 Doors Down-  Because the only thing that can stop Luis Suarez is some Kryptonite.  It still might not be enough because the man is greater than Superman.