I am Back!So is the Premier League!

Good evening all! After a brief hiatus chasing the ever elusive perfect GMAT score, I am officially BACK! AAAAAAAND so is the premier league! (Try not to contain yourselves too much, I know you missed me more). So many important events have occurred while I was on “holiday”, so I would like to begin my comeback by giving to you basically a tweet preview (120 characters….ish) of each Top Flight english squad to help kick off the 2015/2016 campaign! Should be easy…right?

Lets start with the easiest team to dissect:


WIll Petr Cech be the high-caliber keeper that turns the gunners from choke-artists to proper contenders?Will Wenger sign another striker…Benzema?


1899: Inaugural season; 1997:Club almost folds due to more than 7 million pounds of debt and unable to pay its players, supporters raise 1.4 million pounds; 2015: 1st EVER BPL season. #Moneyball


No Benteke, delph, or Cissokho. Lets see what Rudy Gestede and Jordan Ayew can do. Brad Guzan… better be ready for action. Adama Traore?????


Will the deadly Fabregras, Matic, , Oscaar, Hazard combo troll the BPL again and win the League? Is Douglas Costa more injury-prone than the glass-kneed RVP? Is John Stones the Batman to John Terry’s Bane?


Bye-Bye Dzeko. Is Sterling Liverpool’s or ManCity’s reckoning? Is he a selfish, underdeveloped youngin that will crack under pressure faster than batman’s back smashing on Bane’s Knee. Pellegrini out? Pep in? (Lots of Batman analogies today, huh?) 


No RVP. No Di Maria. LVG vs De Gea. LVG vs. the Glazers. LVG vs. Wayne Rooney. LVG vs. BPL. Rooney, Schweini and Schneiderlin to lead the way.


RODGERS’ LAST CHANCE. No more Stevie G., Onto the Henderson Captaincy era. Will Benteke or Ings become the Luigi or Bowser to Super Mario. Millner earned this contract and will become a fast leader of the team. 


The Succesful Monk philosophy for 3 more years. Couple new faces…ahem Eder. Season opener vs. returning champs Chelsea is a tough draw.


Coates, Kaboul, M’Vila in. Veringi, Wickford out. Giacherini stay.  Adam Henderson’s off-field woes postponed to next year. Will they be in the vyng for relegation. 


Big shoes to fill from Schneiderlin loss. Will the Stingiest defence in the BPL last season returrn to its surprising form. No Osvaldo and possibly no Fonte. Can Graziano Pelle score at the same rate this season. Lots of questions.


Mo Po has his hands full. Spurs need a return to consistency. Lloris is looking for UCL football, will he convince the talented shot-stopper to stay. Is Harry Kane truly the next Bale? Sell Lamela?


Bad Choice in hiring Ranieri (Roma fan here). Already lost your best player in Esteban Cambiasso, who’s next? Son of Schmeichel?


Steve McClaren has arrived. He now works for the worlds Stingiest Owner. Good Luck. Atleast you resigned Coloccini… lets hope for less reds this year.


My dark horse of this years BPL. Yohan Cabaye? What a steal! An influx of talent will only help solidiy a young and scary XI. Cabaye, Bolasie connection will be nice.

Norwich City

Fighting to not be relegated right back down to the Championship. 


Farewell big Sam. Farewell Upton park? The era of Bilic is already in shambles by “sacrificing”Europa League. Andy Carroll may be healthy for once. Valencia injured. Downing was sold to his hometown club. Will Payet actually make the hammers better?


The signings of decent players like Behrami, Berghuis, Nyom and Britos will help this team produce some surprising results. Let’s hope they can remain afloat and stay in the top flight.


Ricky Lambert + Saido Behrani connection may be a match made in heaven. The 22 year-old is loooking to build on last year’s successful campaign that was filled with 20 solid goals.


Tim Howard looks like he enjoyed his off season, possibly too much. Let’s hope he wwill come into the season strong and in top form.  Romelu Lukaku will look to net many more with the help of new-boy Tom Cleverly.  May be a contender. 


May be a surprising contender as well to finish close to the top of the table.  What they lost in Asmir Begovic, Stoke gained with Shay Given. Look to Marco Van Ginkle to shine and push this young team throughout this season. Xherdan Shaqiri could definitely help!

Do you agree? disagree? please lets us know what you think! Thats all for now folks. 

Fantasy Premier League Round Up

Soccer people, as long as the Premier League season is, there is not a better incentive to stay tuned in than the opportunity for bragging rights. We don’t guarantee that opportunity (or your solid performance each week) in our fantasy premier leagues but what we do guarantee is constant enjoyment for all and the opportunity to have your name permanently etched into the93rdminute fantasy premier league championship glory! The winner of each league gets his fantasy league username added to our winners trophy which will be created and placed on our page for all of time. There is nothing better than a trophy, except that the next time you get angry it gets tossed our a window into a hurricane. Now, you can relive your past glory forever! So good luck and here are the current standings in our leagues…

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Here you can see that the MonStars are in full control of the board but alas, there are many weeks left to recreate the table!

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Some real barnburners in our head to head league this week. And some great overall performances thus far in our fantasy leagues. Keep on trucking and if you know any one that wants to join invite them to the league! There is still time to get involved!

Fantasy Soccer is Back! Join us at The93rdminute

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Footballers and Football Fans of all ages, welcome to the93rdminute’s second annual Fantasy Premier League competition. This year we have will have two different types of leagues running throughout the year.


1) This will be a classic league just like in the past. You total your points each week and compete against each member of the group for the duration of the season.

Go to fantasy.premierleague.com and create a team today. After you do, join this league using league code: 532691-136135. We can’t wait to get this going!

2) This will be a head to head league where you compete against a randomly drawn opponent in the group each week. The best total record throughout the year will get the top seed and there will be three knock out rounds to determine the champion. It is a different look at fantasy soccer but will keep the competition fierce throughout the season!

Go to fantasy.premierleague.com and create your team. Once this is done, join the league using the code: 532691-136240.

Feel free to join both leagues!

Soccer Cards!

Earlier today I read about the MLS and Topps releasing a 2014 set of MLS trading cards.  You can read that article here: http://tinyurl.com/lb5jkfy

I think this type of brand promotion is great for the MLS, and I hope it’s a partnership that continues to grow for years to come.  It reminded me of a little something from about a decade ago: Football Champions CCG (Collectible Card Game).  Football Champions was a soccer card game that was also a tabletop game, think Pokemon cards or Magic: The Gathering. Each player card had player specific attributes, and when a team was assembled, you used dice to determine outcomes of moving the ball around the pitch.  They were awesome because not only could you collect your favorite squad’s cards through buying various random packs, but you could then assemble a team and play against your friends.  It was fantasy sports before fantasy sports had really taken off.  The cards were printed by Wizards of the Coast, who is a Washington state based company, but since the cards were made for the Premier League and Serie A, they were mainly sold in England and Italy.  This presented an issue here in the states, paying high prices via eBay.

Premier League Football Champions cards from 2002-2003

Topps, the same company referenced in the article above, has been pumping out Topps Match Attax cards in England for years now.  Match Attax is essentially a re-branded version of the original Football Champions product, but seems to be limited to the Premier League.  They’ve had a few editions for the recent Euro and World Cup, but that seems to be the extent of their international reach.

I’d love to see a refreshed version of these cards printed for the MLS and the other major European leagues as well.  The game played quite smoothly if I recall, and would encourage kids in the United States not only to start collecting cards, but learning more about the players.  It would help grow allegiance to local teams and build up a better understanding on the beautiful game’s structure and rules.  I’d love to build a fantasy team with Clint Dempsey playing alongside Fernando Torres, with Ronaldo and Messi paired up in the midfield.

Wizards of the Coast seemed to stop printing Football Champions cards in 2004-2005, and have not touched the brand since.  They had mild success with MLB and NFL versions of the game as well, but also stopped production in 2005-2006 on those products.


And really I want a New York Red Bulls version of this card:

Henry card from 2001-2002

Fantasy Standings After Week 2

Week 2 is in the books and what an exciting week it was in fantasy premier league. While our leader remained the same we saw sixteen players rise in the rankings. The high scorer for the week was team Lucky Guess managed by Kevin V with a tally of 64 points. The table looks like this :

top 20 week 2 bottom 24 week 2


As you can see, there was a lot of movement this week and a couple newcomers were brought into the group as well. It is a long season but it has been a positive start for a lot of us. We’ll see who can keep their momentum going into week 3!


Week 1 Fantasy Premier League Standings

Here is an overview of the current standings for our Fantasy Premier League:

Week 1 93rdminute Fantasy Standings


As you can see, we had some very good scores in the first week of play that were largely aided by Chelsea and Aston Villa’s multiple fixtures this week. Currently, the 1st place squad managed by Mikko Linnamaa looks like this :

Week 1 #1Will that be the team that can carry Mikko to victory? I’m not sure. There is a lot of season to be had.


Star forwards of the week: Benteke, Welbeck and Aguero

Star midfielders of the week: Lampard, Oscar and Joe Cole

Star defenders of the week: Ivanovic, Coleman and Shaw

Goalkeeper of the week: Mignolet

Week 1 Dream Team looks like this:

week 1 dream team If you somehow managed to pick this squad and didn’t enter our fantasy league. Shame on you! You could be on your way to a personalized jersey!

Good luck in this week’s fixtures!