Look away, non-soccer fans -- this one's for those stoked about today's Manchester derby. That's when Manchester City plays host to Manchester United, in what might be the biggest match between the two squads ... ever. But don't take it from us; read the analysis
Playbook Visuals, meanwhile, offers a look at these great images -- ones that, we hope, capture a small fraction of the drama that's about to ensue (3 p.m. ET, ESPN2).
First, a tremendous animation from Richard Swarbrick, on Wayne Rooney's bicycle goal from one of last year's showdowns:
And now the photos ...
Sir Alex Ferguson hopes the clock isn't ticking on Manchester United's time atop the table. Alex Livesey/Getty Images Roberto Mancini might be feeling the pressure if he can't bring a title to his high-priced City club. Press Association/AP Images Newcomer Sergio Aguero put away one of City's six goals in the first Manchester Derby of 2012. Alex Livesey/Getty Images ... and City kept sticking its foot in against its rivals, ultimately winning the away match 6-1. Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty Images Mario Balotelli has been a troublemaker in Manchester, sometimes to the detriment of his club. Michael Regan/Getty Images ... and his performance on the pitch hasn't always been strong, either. Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty Images But the enigmatic Italian hasn't stopped being humorous -- nor capable of scoring impressive goals. Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty Images Carlos Tevez also has provided some off-the-pitch drama, although he's back and ready. Julian Finney/Getty Images Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs and United have enjoyed a strong season so far. Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty Images ... as Rooney remains the face of a United club that has fought injury all year. Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images Wait, remember when Rooney had less hair? Matthew Peters/Getty Images Yeah, he used to have a lot less hair. (Although he plays great, with or without the locks.) Matthew Peters/Man Utd/Getty Images Here's guessing Eithad Stadium will be ready for Monday; City hasn't won the title since 1968. Matt West/Icon SMI Will United clinch another big celebration, making them 20-time winners of England's top competition? Chris Brunskill/Getty Images
... or will City retain its shot at that elusive top trophy, after winning the FA Cup in 2011? Andrew Yates/Getty Images