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Death by Manchester

Updated: January 23, 2012, 2:55 PM ET
By David Hirshey | Special to ESPN.com

You have to hand it to the soccer gods who sit high up on Mount Blatter creating drama, breaking hearts and dreaming up fabulous new hairdos for Mario Balotelli. This Sunday, they brought the thunder with two tense, edge-of-your-barstool games -- unless you're a Spurs or Arsenal fan, in which case the soccer gods just suck, especially since the two players who helped decide those matches arguably shouldn't have even been on the field.

How lucky was Balotelli that referee Howard Webb ...

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