World mistakes striker’s undershirt message as tribute to cartoon dog

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If you needed any more proof that we all watch too much TV, here it is.

Wolverhampton striker Leigh Griffiths scored in a League One match Tuesday, and simply wanted to dedicate the goal to a family member who had recently passed on.

He lifted his shirt to reveal the message, “R.I.P Brian.”

Have you figured it out yet?

As most people with internet access know, another, more widely-known Brian passed away recently — the dog from the hit FOX comedy show Family Guy. The show killed off its lovable, four-legged character in Sunday’s episode, causing such a massive uproar among fans that it has caught the attention of even occasional TV viewers. It even triggered an online petition on Change.com, which reads:

"The writers of family guy didn’t just kill off one of their creations, they killed off the dog who has lived in our homes for the last 15 years. They killed the dog we all have come to love. They killed America’s dog!"

Clearly, this has been a huge deal.

So on Tuesday, when Griffiths revealed his undershirt — OK, this is too weird. The guy’s name is almost Griffin — many thought they put two and two together and reported that the Wolves player had pulled off a cheeky tribute to Brian the cartoon character! Even Wolverhampton’s newspaper thought so (the tweet has since been deleted):

The rumor made its round to many social media outlets, before his club team eventually cleared up the misinterpretation:

It’s hard to say what Griffiths thought of the mix-up as his Twitter account is private, but we would like to think he’s happy. After all, his tribute has now been seen by quite a few more people than he thought!

And for those still mourning TV Brian, here’s a special tribute:

H/T Deadspin


Landon Donovan joins FOX Sports 1’s Champions League set

This week, U.S. national team record goalscorer Landon Donovan joins Fox Soccer’s UEFA Champions League broadcast as an analyst on FOX Sports 1. But first, he answers a few questions about his foray into television.

FOX Soccer: What draws you to TV commentary?

Landon Donovan: “I’ve always had an outside interest. I’ve watched from afar and always thought it was something that would be enjoyable. As most of us are, I can be pretty opinionated and sometimes I see things on TV and I go, ‘Oh, I wish they would have mentioned that’ or I think ‘The viewer would have wanted to see that.’ While I understand it’s probably not easy, it’s always something that I’ve had an interest in so when this opportunity came up it was something I wanted to do.”

FOX Soccer: You’ve been talking about wanting to do television commentary for a year or so, maybe even longer. You’ve been saying you want to better educate the public. What do you think you can add to the conversation?

LD: “I think we’re at a point now where people watching our game are thirsty for more intimate knowledge and that’s why guys like Warren [Barton] and Eric Wynalda, [Brian] McBride, you see Kasey Keller and Taylor Twellman and [Kyle] Martino, all these guys can add an insight that a lot of the commentators couldn’t in previous years. I think that people understand the game better now, people are more connected to the game than they ever have been in our country. There’s still a lot of insight and a lot of intimate details of the game that people I think would really enjoy hearing our thoughts about.

FOX Soccer: With all respect to the guys you’ve mentioned, you’ve seen and done more than any American soccer player ever. Do you think that adds a dimension for the viewer?

LD: “I’ve been fortunate to have a lot of different experiences, played in all sorts of different competitions and against many high-class players so I’ve been able to see the game in many different ways, in many different scenarios. I think I have a pretty good understanding of what happens and why it happens and why certain teams play certain ways and all those finite details. I look forward to sharing that with people.

FOX Soccer: Why the UEFA Champions League?

LD: “The timing was good. FOX was very proactive about having me. I’ve made it clear to my agent and a lot of different people that this is something that I’m interested in and FOX really took the initiative to give me an opportunity. If you’re going to do a broadcast it doesn’t get much better than the Champions League and I’ve been really looking forward to it.

imageLandon Donovan hopes to add some “forward thinking” to this week’s coverage (Image: Thomas Hautmann/FOX Sports)


Thank you fans!

It’s not a good-bye.

Thank you all for watching and for supporting the Premier League all these years on FOX Soccer. It’s been a blast and our pleasure bringing it to you, the fans.

As a reminder, FOX Sports 1, America’s new sports network, will be our new home for soccer starting August 17. Until then, FOX Soccer has next weekend’s Champions League final on tap, as well as this summer’s Gold Cup and plenty more.