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, October 27, 2008

Liverpool on top

I have to admit that I only figured Liverpool to challenge for the Champions League what with European competition where they truly come alive. So far, they have been undefeated this year and are on top of the English Premier League after beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge to take three points clear and a 1-0 win to put an end to the Blues' 86-win streak at home. To date they have 23 points in 9 matches (7 wins and 2 draws) in First Division play and are in the group stage of the Champions League where they too are undefeated.

Sweet justice it is for Xabi Alonso as he scored the game winner in the 10th minute. Remember he was dangled in the off-season for some other club and whether his fourth season in Anfield is his last, he sure will be playing for a bigger contract in England or abroad.

Earlier in the season, Liverpool beat Manchester United for the first time in four years (under Rafa Benitez as well) 2-1 with goals coming from Dirk Kuyt and Ryan Babel. Carlos Tevez scored for his side in a game that saw the debut of Bulgarian striker Dmitar Berbatov who came from Tottenham.

Pressure was off early in the season, but right now -- three points ahead of Chelsea and surprising Hull -- they're sure to feel it.

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