8
Oct

Roy Keane reveals he snubbed Robbie Savage over stupid voicemail greeting

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Roy Keane’s new autobiography “The Second Half” is full of expletive-laced stories on his colorful and combative career, including his falling out with Man United coach Sir Alex Ferguson and the infamous scrap with Peter Schmeichel.

But there’s some humor in there as well. Case in point: the real reason why Keane, as Sunderland manager, quickly aborted his pursuit of former midfielder Robbie Savage, then with Blackburn Rovers.

From the Guardian:

“I rang Mark Hughes. Robbie [Savage] wasn’t in the Blackburn team and I asked Mark if we could try to arrange a deal. Sparky said: ‘Yeah, yeah, he’s lost his way here but he could still do a job for you.’ Robbie’s legs were going a bit but I thought he might come up to us [at Sunderland], with his long hair, and give us a lift – the way Yorkie [Dwight Yorke] had, a big personality in the dressing room. Sparky gave me permission to give him a call. So I got Robbie’s mobile number and rang him. It went to his voicemail: ‘Hi, it’s Robbie – whazzup!’ like the Budweiser ad. I never called him back. I thought: ‘I can’t be f***ing signing that.’”

Savage took the story with humor on Twitter:

We’re not sure we would have signed Savage, either…

5
Oct

Arsenal fans light flares outside Stamford Bridge, delay match

In case you were wondering what this “incident” was that delayed Sunday’s London derby between Chelsea and Arsenal, maybe this picture will clear it up:

H/T SBNation

4
Oct

Newcastle fans win the weekend with hilarious banner

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Newcastle United’s fans appear to be in much better form than their team, as their banner at the Swansea match would suggest.

Not only is the banner self-deprecating and a plea to fire manager Alan Pardew (the art on either side reads SackPardew.com underneath), it’s also a brilliant dig at their Welsh opponents. High marks all around!

Pic via Twitter/@GaryLineker

17
Aug

Graphic artist’s wonderful Premier League goal illustrations

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Do yourselves a favor and follow Richard Swarbrick (@RikkiLeaks) on Twitter.

In a time when the Premier League has announced a crackdown on goal Vines and GIFs, This graphic artist is offering a new way to sidestep copyright infringement with his numerous and timely illustrations.

8
Aug

Jason Sudeikis returns as brilliant Coach Ted Lasso for NBC Sports

Jason Sudeikis is back as American football turned futbol coach Ted Lasso, and the new NBC Sports promo is just as hilarious as last year’s skit.

Since the last time we heard from him, Lasso left his post as Spurs manager for a brief stint as a pundit on NBC’s Premier League broadcast team, during which he routinely pisses off Rebecca Lowe and frustrates Arlo White with his utter lack of common soccer knowledge. Highlights include Lasso still not understanding the rules of relegation and encouraging Fulham fans to “take matters into their own hands” against match referees.

After his failed stint as an analyst, Lasso struggles to assimilate back into American life, missing much of what England has to offer, and mistakes Tim Howard for “the goalkeeper for Everton” at a bar. Ultimately he returns to what he knows best: coaching.

This time around, Lasso takes charge over a catholic school girl’s team - the St. Catherine’s Fighting Owls - whom he teaches exuberant celebrations, how to flop like a pro, and even gets them sponsored by a Middle Eastern airline. Just like a real Premier League team.

Never change, Coach Lasso, never change.

H/T: NBC Sports

14
May

Summing up the Premier League in one tidy little flowchart

Wondering where it all went wrong (unless you’re a Man City fan) for your Premier League team? Was it “lots of own goals and red cards” that did your team in? Maybe it was spending “£27.5 on a giraffe in a wig” that was the final nail in the coffin?

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The fine folks at Project Babb have put together a convenient little flowchart to help answer these questions and make sense of one of the craziest EPL seasons of recent memory.

Enjoy!

(h/t Project Babb)

30
Apr

Unused third-choice goalkeeper leads Norwich City’s ‘Player of the Year’ voting

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It’s been a dismal season for Norwich City. Winners of only three of their last 23 Premier League games, the Canaries are mired in the relegation zone. And with only Chelsea and Arsenal left to play, chances are they’ll be playing their football in the Championship next year.

As is often the case with clubs struggling for survival, this has made Norwich’s “Player of the Season” race quite an awkward one.

Apparently disgruntled by the performances from all of their first-team players, thousands of Norwich fans have moved to sabotage the award by voting for Carlo Nash, the Canaries’ 40-year-old, third-choice goalkeeper who hasn’t made one appearance all season!

After being made aware of this campaign, and the prospect that he might actually win it, Nash offered the club a way out of a possibly highly embarrassing awards ceremony:

Still, the question would remain: who has really earned it, then?

Our suggestion? Take a page out of Queens Park Rangers’s book from last season:

H/T Pies