This year’s FA Cup has been one for the record books so far. Lincoln City just became the first non-league side to reach the quarters in 103 years, and Sutton have a miniscule, small, tiny, almost non-existent chance to become the second this year. And Arsenal have the chance to end both Cinderella stories and salvage something from this season which is rapidly falling apart.
First up though is Sutton United, the Cinderella story of all Cinderella stories, sitting 17th place in the fifth tier National League compared to Lincoln City in first. What they lack in money and technical skill, they make up for in heart, determination, and those little rubbery things that get inside your socks after playing a game on turf. Looking forward to the game tomorrow night. I’ll just remind everyone that we’re coming off a 5-0 win against Southampton last round, so if you don’t count the Premier League, the managerial rumors, and the Özil criticism, we look pretty good! Heh heh...
Joining Lincoln City in the quarterfinals are a few more nice surprises, with League One side Millwall taking on Tottenham after a statement win over Leicester. Struggling Middlesbrough take on the winner of Man City and determined Championship side Huddersfield, who managed to force a replay with a nil-nil draw earlier this afternoon. Then, unsurprisingly, Chelsea and Manchester United face each other in a classic Red vs. Blue matchup that I’ll fall asleep halfway through and will probably end 1-0 to Chelsea.
The quarterfinals take place March 11th, incidentally Didier Drogba’s birthday. Coincidence? Absolutely. Times have yet to be decided.