Tears of a clown

Arsenal buried Man City's title hopes as well as Mario Balotelli's career in England

Updated: April 9, 2012, 2:24 PM ET
By David Hirshey | Special to ESPN.com

It was three hours before kickoff when I first saw the fork sticking out of the back of Man City's title hopes. I was in a taxi en route to the Emirates and stopped at a light near Regents Park. I looked up and saw something akin to a funeral procession, as a cortege of apparent mourners moved slowly and somberly down the road. Oddly, they were all wearing identical light blue tracksuits, except for the man at the front, who was dressed in a dapper grey overcoat. At the rear of this baby blue ...

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