Forty four yellow cards and two red cards. Just 14 goals from eight matches. Not a single home victory. Slip-ups from Chelsea and Liverpool.
It was strange start to the 2011-12 Premier League season last Saturday, a pyrrhic victory for football: a game which defeated the disgraceful and ominous rioting in England's urban streets, but which reared its ugly head as ''a gentleman's game played by thugs," so the old adage goes.
In the following slideshow, I take a look at 50 lessons we learned from the opening eight matches in what will become a regular feature here on Bleacher Report. As always, debate is encouraged and constructive feedback appreciated.