What an amazing week for Maziar Sattariâ€™s Seattle Gooners: 11 points, four correct scores, a two-point lead at the top of the table and not a WAG in sight. Roy Keane will be delighted.
Maziarâ€™s gargantuan haul, which moves him 31 places up the fledgling table, includes perfect scores for the matches at Birmingham, Reading, Liverpool and, impressively, Manchester City. Simon Gold and Pete Yoder, with seven points apiece, trail in his wake (as we all do).
There are two more new players to introduce this week: Ian Starr (Starsenal), a Seattle-based program manager for Microsoft who has a soft spot for Cesc Fabregas and Oleg Luzhny, and Ben Wallis (Northampton Town), a policy executive for the Ofcom Consumer Panel in London with a passion for Ultimate Frisbee (or just plain Ultimate), a â€œnon-contact competitive team sport played with a 175 gram flying disc.â€
Despite last weekâ€™s warning, nine predictors have fallen foul of the leagueâ€™s new yellow/red card law. Shown on the table with a red card beside their names, these nine players have been AWOL for two consecutive weeks and therefore score 0 points this week. Michael Whitty, GWRâ€™s picture desk professor, will also come face to face with a big fat zero if he fails to come to the party next week.
Remember, if youâ€™re on holiday, hospitalised, having computer problems or severely traumatised by the death of a family pet (or you can cobble together any other excuse), you can appeal against yellow and red cards.
Premiership Results (Week 2): Birmingham 0-1 West Ham (3); Fulham 1-2 Middlesbrough (2); Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa (1); Portsmouth 3-1 Bolton (1); Reading 1-0 Everton (6); Tottenham 4-0 Derby (3); Wigan 3-0 Sunderland (0); Blackburn 1-1 Arsenal (7); Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea (8); Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United (3).
* Figures in brackets show the number of correct score predictions for each game.
Highest Score (Week 2): 11 â€“ Maziar Sattari.
Average Score (Week 2): 4.43
Predictions of the Week (Week 2): Dave McAleer (Portsmouth 3-1 Bolton); Tom Palmer, Ben Wallis and Mark Young (Tottenham 4-0 Derby); Patrick Bevilacqua, Mike Dufficy and Maziar Sattari (Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United).
Top of the Table (Week 2):
1. Seattle Gooners (Maziar Sattari) â€“ 15 pts
2. FC Squan 1980 (Patrick Bevilacqua) â€“ 13 pts
3. Manchester City (Christine Butters) â€“ 13 pts
4. Millwall (John Collins) â€“ 13 pts
5. Jersey United (Mike Dufficy) â€“ 13 pts
6. Q.P.R. (Gary Waller) â€“ 12 pts
7. Liverpool (Joe Zalewski) â€“ 12 pts
8. Philadelphia Eagles (Gabe Bevilacqua) â€“ 11 pts
9. Liverpool Lawro (Mark Lawrenson) â€“ 11 pts
10. Reading Reserves (Rob Molloy) â€“ 10 pts
“These so-called big stars are people we are supposed to be looking up to. Well, they are weak and soft. If they don’t want to come because their wife wants to go shopping in London, it’s a sad state of affairs.
â€œIf there is nothing to do then find something to do. Someone once told me that people who are bored are boring. People who get bored coming to the north-east are bored because they are boring. It is nothing to do with the shopsâ€ â€“ Sunderland manager Roy Keane.