What I’m Watching This Week

Didier Drogba returns to play at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. It’s his first time playing in front of the Chelsea supporters since he beat Manuel Neuer from the penalty spot to give the club its first UEFA Champions League crown. However, Drogba won’t be wearing blue. He’ll be suited up for Galatasaray aiming to knock his previous club out of the world’s most elite club competition. The tie is poised at 1-1 and could swing either way. Chelsea fans will be praying that they do not have to watch a Drogba strike eliminate their club from the competition. Expect a warm reception before the match but the pleasantries to disappear as soon as the match kicks off.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. March Madness is here. Florida, Wichita State, Arizona and Virginia all received #1 seeds for the tournament. The Gators are the top overall seed. It will be another exciting year to watch and another year to weep openly over brackets that are trashed after a couple rounds (you could probably just start crying over your picks now). Chaos could (and most likely will) reign again this year. There is very little disparity between the top 4 seeds in each of the regions. Expect upsets and expect another year without a perfect bracket despite Warren Buffett’s billion dollar incentive.

The Midwest’s top seed, Wichita State, will have trouble remaining undefeated in a group where it could meet a talented Kentucky in the second round, a streaking Louisville in the Sweet 16 and either Duke or Michigan in the Elite 8. Arizona faces a potential second round encounter with Oklahoma State led by Marcus Smart and possible match ups versus the streaking Baylor Bears, Creighton and POY lock Doug McDermott or a very sound Wisconsin team if it reaches the Elite 8. Virginia perhaps has the worst luck of the #1 seeds. They face a potential Sweet 16 game against a now healthy Michigan State, and Tom Izzo has taken less talented teams deep in the tournament. Florida has rolled over everyone in SEC play, but they’ll have to get by Syracuse (who started 25-0) or Kansas (a real threat if Embiid is healthy) in order to get out of the region.

The Premier League race seems to get tighter every week. Arsenal visits Stamford Bridge this weekend. After some questionable calls from Chris Foy saw Chelsea drop three points at Villa Park on Saturday, this game has become even more important. With very little between the leagues top four sides, it is a must win game for both teams as they aim to keep pressure on Liverpool and Manchester City. At the bottom of the table, Norwich and Sunderland square off with both sides needing three points desperately to avoid the drop. Sunderland have games in hand, but they’ll want to make them count as they attempt to get out of the relegation zone.