2
Jul

USA fans petition to have Reagan Airport renamed after Tim Howard

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Tim Howard fever has well and truly taken over the USA’s post-World Cup reaction. The keeper has become so popular that some fans started an official White House petition to rename Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport after Howard.

Despite the USA’s dramatic 2-1 extra-time defeat to Belgium on Tuesday, Premier League goalie Howard came out smelling of roses with a heroic effort in between the sticks.

The fans started the petition on a section of the White House website calling for the renaming of the Ronald Reagan Airport.

“We politely request that we rename the airport to recognize his accomplishments, and meritorious service to the United States of America,” the petition read.

Any member of the public can start a petition on the “We the People” site, launched by the White House to give the people a voice. If the petition gets enough support — usually 100,000 signatures — then the White House staff will review it and issue an official response.

The man from New Jersey with an impressive beard managed a record-breaking 16 saves — the most in a World Cup match since 1966 — even inspiring a social media meme with the hashtag #ThingsTimHowardCouldSave…

…and a change in the Wikipedia page for the U.S. Secretary of Defense:

Following their exit, an emotional Howard shared words of encouragement for the national team going forward.

“The dream fell short, but this is an incredible group, and we’ll never forget this night,” he said. 

(H/T Chicago Tribune)

27
May

PUMA throws flashmob for Dortmund, team could not care less

First thing’s first: You have to give PUMA some credit for supporting their team, even when they are down. Their timing, however, could not have been worse.

Borussia Dortmund had just lost the UEFA Champions League final. It was their biggest game of the year, and probably the biggest game of many of the players’ careers. When they arrived at the check-in counter at the airport before heading home to Germany, they were greeted with a singing and dancing PUMA flashmob.

The Dortmund team and staff could not have looked less interested. After coming off one of the biggest disappointments of their career, this was surely the last thing they wanted to see.

The strangest part of all: Everything was sung in English. There was even a “we’re proud of you” sign written in English. Not only were they subjected to this dance number, but it was all performed in a foreign language. How unsettling and different to Bayern Munich welcome back home:

7
Mar

Fan violence reared its ugly head in Latin America once again as Palmeiras supporters attacked club players at an airport following the team’s 1-0 Copa Bridgestone Libertadores loss to Tigre.

Prass had to be treated for cuts to his head and ear, but no one was seriously hurt in the altercation before the team’s return to Brazil. Palmeiras said three fans were detained in Argentina but were later released.

”They threw a cup at Valdivia and it hit me,” Prass said through his Twitter account. ”I got three stitches in the head and a cut in my ear.”