Dorking Out With FIFA 13 on the Premier League Site
I put video game playing in the same general category as ordering pizza delivery and yanking the alarm clock out of the wall rather than just slapping the snooze button a bunch of times — it’s telling the world, “Today, I give up. I’m not going to be a productive citizen.” It’s saying, instead of working, I’ll just be banging on the drums all day.
But I’d get FIFA 13, if only to play it in what I’m imagining is Supernerd GM Mode, make the moves that the Arsenal front office are too stingy to make, and take it into my own joystick-holding hands to move them to the top of the table. (Note: I know that joysticks no longer exist. It just felt like the funniest possible thing to say there.)
It turns out that FIFA 13′s in the prediction game for the big (flourish of trumpets) 2012 FA Cup rematch, in which Liverpool looked like they might grab a trophy … before not grabbing one after all in the end. Well, guess what? This minute-long clip on the Premier League site (soundtracked by the Chemical Brothers?) has Chelsea beating Liverpool 2-1, with Gerrard (?) getting the lone goal, and Torres scoring a skillful goal. To me, this feels more like 3-1, with Torres probably stumbling into a goal because that’s the kind of year it’s been, with the more deserving Hazard or Mata continuing their form, and Suarez doing what he’s been doing all year with the Reds — that is to say, being the lone bright spot (though the wrist-kissing celebration is really getting out of hand).
Other predictions are here, and, to my inner 12-year-old’s delight, the hashtag for the Arsenal-Fulham game this week is #ARSFUL.