When you were a young child in school, you probably had a favorite teacher.
Someone who cared about you, who inspired you to reach beyond your pedestrian abilities and exceed even your most immodest goals.
Or maybe it was just a soft grader you loved. Everyone has had that easy marker who would take a paper you knew deserved a B- and give it a B+ just because she liked you.
In the moment, that indulgence feels good. But deep down, you knew that that sort of coddling was far more likely to encourage backsliding than it was to inspire a better effort next time around.
That is why the following grades are going to trend toward ruler-wielding and belittling.
No one—NO ONE—on the 2012-13 Manchester City squad is blameless.
The side that won the Premier League in dramatic fashion the season before pulled collective no-shows in the Champions League, the defense of the Prem title and the FA Cup final.
Let the judgments begin.
N.B. Certain players have been omitted (Kolo Toure, Maicon Sisenando, Micah Richards and others) due to limited playing time. You are certainly free to grade them in the comments if you like.