There’s a metaphor somewhere in the story of Malaysian Everton supporter Ric Wee, who travelled 7,000 miles from Kuala Lumpur to Goodison Park only to see his lifelong dream of seeing the Toffees play crushed when the game was cancelled due to high winds.
For one, it underlined the intensity and devotion fans feel for their clubs, something I learned up close in the office after Devang nearly scared me out of my chair as Arsenal chance after Arsenal chance went unfinished, leading to a 0-0 draw against the visitors Man United. It also revealed the high stakes involved in this year’s title race, which could turn on a dime.
For a time it seemed Liverpool were determined to follow Arsenal’s example against Fulham, with Kolo Toure yet again forgetting where he was and what he was doing. Brendan Rodgers’ side were at one point down 1-0 an again 2-1, the first from an own goal from the vulnerable Ivorian. Though two incidents should not mark a trend, no doubt there will be a Kolo Kam for his next Liverpool start.
There is still a lot to figure out. Man City’s game will have to be replayed, for one. But the Premier League table seems beyond the dreams of anyone at the start of the season who salivated over the prospect of a Fergie-less top flight. Chelsea atop by a single point ahead of Arsenal. Man City three behind top with a game in hand. Liverpool four points out. Spurs–Spurs!–out of the top spot by seven points, a team under Tim Sherwood who should be grateful for the fact Arsenal and Liverpool have stolen the headlines away from their emphatic 4-0 win over the not inconsiderable Newcastle.
Guys, this is happening. It’s going to get weirder before it doesn’t. Don’t let the certainty of the pundits or the predictive models fool you…we’re well within standard deviations here. Every weekend matters. Every club is a potential Ric Wee, travelling miles and miles only to see their dream crushed at the very end, as if Frodo fell in Mount Doom but left the ring on the ledge.