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It wasn't in the cards

Updated: October 3, 2011, 1:32 PM ET
By David Hirshey | Special to ESPN.com

If you're an Everton or Arsenal fan who viewed this weekend's derbies through your usual coke-bottle-thick blue- or red-tinted glasses, I imagine it would be tempting to blame your despair on the rank incompetence of the two men who refereed the games.

Tempting, yes, but unfortunately wrong.

Since I am known as much for my unbiased punditry as for my luxurious mustache, whatever shards of optimism I had retained post-Cesc Fabregas-and-Samir Nasri vaporized weeks ...

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