It was the best of times, it was among the best of times, it was better than most times, it was better than some times, it was a good time, it was a relatively good time, it was a relatively bad time, it was a bad time, it was worse than some times, it was worse than most times, it was among the worst of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of sagacity, it was the age of insightfulness, it was the age of above-average intelligence . . .
. . . I could go on, but the football season might be over before I finished. I can see why Dickens limited himself to just TWO cities in his tale. Not only is the binary “best/worst” approach a good deal pithier, it’s a lot less work than delineating twelve gradations for each qualitative descriptor.
Fortunately for Chuck D., just about everything in his little tale took place in or around Paris and London. While I would love to slack like the Dickens, I am afforded no such luxury by the very nature of my subject matter: the 2010 Liga Guadalupe. Entering its fourth season of fútbol fantástico, the Liga is now twelve teams strong, and it is my duty, and my honour, to introduce you to those teams now.