Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Monday, December 28, 2009

When it rains, it pours for Lyon

Tough tough loss by Lyon to Montpellier 1-0. After starting the season strong, the seven-time French Ligue 1 champion hit the wall with only one win in eight matches (including an error by goal keeper Hugo Lloris in a previous match with AS Monaco that ended in a draw) . Now they are at sixth place and 13 league points behind leader Bordeaux. This team is clearly missing Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Michael Essien (Chelsea), and Juninho (al-Gharafa in Qatar); the stars who led them in their stirring run of seven consecutive championships. Although I'm a fan of Swedish midfielder Kim Kallstrom, he has not produced the way team officials expected. And to think they have some pretty good players in national team players Sidney Govou, Lloris, Jeremy Toulalan, and Jean Alain Boumsong. To make things worse for the team, after getting new kit sponsor BetClic, the French online gambling agency, Ligue 1 officials sternly warned the club not to use it or be deducted points. French law states that gambling cannot be promoted, as a result the team plays its domestic matches with a sponsor free kit while they are free to use the BetClic jersey outside France (that's me to the left wearing my Olympique Lyon jersey).

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