• Everton 1-1 Manchester City. Rough day for Everton fans. First, they saw City defender Micah Richards steal a win from them with a goal in the 4th minute of injury time. Then Richards gave a profane television interview. Then City midfielder Joey Barton showed Everton fans his ass. The police are investigating (geez, British people take ass exposure seriously) and he'll probably be suspended over it.
It's the same Joey Barton, if you're wondering, who was once sent home from a preseason tournament in Thailand after beating up an Everton fan. And the same Joey Barton who once put out a cigar in a junior player's eye at a Christmas party, which sort of makes me wonder why this fellow isn't in prison. A cigar in the eye? Nice people just don't do that. And yes, I would love for him to make the move to MLS sooner than later.
• Bolton 2-0 Liverpool. Have they ever thought about adding instant replay to soccer? It might have helped Liverpool today. The goalie was whistled for handling the ball outside of the box, and Bolton was awarded a free-kick. They put it away, and then held on to put Liverpool away. If Mike Holmgren coached Liverpool, he'd be crying about this one for months.
• Cheslea 1-1 Aston Villa. Aston Villa kept their improbable unbeaten home record in tact against Chelsea. Chelsea peppered Villa goalie Thomas Sorensen with 10 shots on goal, most of them pretty good ones... but couldn't slip more than one past him. Chelsea managed Jose Mourinho was kind of a sissy about it. "The result is not fair. One team tried to win, the other tried to get a draw." Big baby.