Blackburn 2 Man City 0

One thing before I get to the real news...
I was reading a column by Hal's friend, the HSG, as I am sometimes wont to do, because some of his insights are still actually humorous. In the beginning of one of his columns, he made a reference to some woman of whom I had never heard. At first, I thought he was talking about a dental student that I had taught when I was at Tufts, but not so. I made the mistake of Googling her name, and found that she was some American Idol wastoid.

Lesson one, if you don't get an HSG reference, let it be.

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The Blackburn Rovers furthered their quest for FA Cup victory on Sunday by defeating the struggling Citizens of Manchester. Stuart Pearce's side had chances, but were unable to capitalize, and thus their memorable FA Cup run comes to an end, leaving speculation of Pearce's job security in its wake.

Aaron Mokoena, the South African international defender scored first in the first half to give the Rovers the 1-0 cushion, which would turn out to be all they needed to stop City. Things got tense in the 69th minute when Mokoena was sent off for accumulating 2 yellow cards, and the Rovers had to finish the match with 10 men. Luckily, 10 men was all that was needed to beat Man City, and Matt Derbyshire emphasized that point with a second goal in stoppage time. Blackburn are through to the semifinals in FA Cup competition and deservedly so, as they are playing their best football right now. Like last season, they are peaking at the right time, and look to make another run at European competition. Blackburn will face either Chelsea or Tottenham next round.

-Christopher J. Brigham