Image via: Eurosport
This could have just been an unfortunate oversight from Sky Sports, but would you be surprised one bit if the graphics producer is actually a United fan and aired out some wishful thinking?
After two consecutive defeats at Old Trafford (the first time United have lost back-to-back home games since 2002), the Red Devils sit in ninth place, thirteen points off the pace of league leaders Arsenal. Fans are growing increasingly unhappy, and Moyes is officially on the hot seat.
Maybe that graphic should be saved in the system, just in case?
Because while the error was likely just that — a mistake — Sunday’s back cover of the Daily Star reflects United fans’ sentiments much more bluntly.
Tomislav Piplica is a legend in Germany, for all the wrong reasons.
The video above will explain. It’s the kind of clip that will make you re-evaluate what is truly possible in life. And it’s perfect for Turkey Day, as he might be one of the biggest the sport has ever seen.
Care for seconds?
Check out this compilation of Piplica’s greatest misses, which will only make you irrationally mad that he somehow lasted an entire six seasons in the Bundesliga.
Right? How mad are you right now? Legend.
Every once in a while, a shot is hit so badly off the mark, shanked so sky-high that the TV announcer will joke, “This one’s hit to the moon!,” or “This shot’s off to (insert geographic location outside the grounds here)!”
Well this weekend, Chelsea loanee Gael Kakuta literally blasted a ball out of the stadium.
Kakuta, who along with fellow Blues player Lucas Piazon is on loan at Eredivisie leaders Vitesse Arnhem, scored in the team’s 3-0 win over the Go Ahead Eagles (that’s actually their name; take note, Hull City Tigers, it could be worse) on Sunday.
Perhaps brimming with optimism after that goal, Kakuta went for a long-distance shot just ten minutes later. Unfortunately, this time he launched the ball straight out of the (admittedly tiny) 8,000-seat De Adelaarshorst grounds. A lucky, unsuspecting passer-by then scooped up the ball and happily went on his way with what could be an excellent present just in time for the holiday season.
Shouldn’t something like this only happen in baseball?
(H/T Dirty Tackle)
Note: Start at the 2:56 mark
The Coupe de France is open to all amateur and professional football clubs in the country (even overseas territories) so you can imagine that the competition’s first few rounds can get a little sloppy. Professional clubs don’t even enter until the seventh round, at which point there are still 176 teams in the running (not including Ligue 1 sides, who enter later).
AS Nancy, though, are a second-division side and should probably not be looking this incompetent. Taking on third-division side RC Strasbourg, Nancy found themselves on a 3-on-0 breakaway (that’s right, zero defenders), and still managed to make a mess of it. With just the keeper to beat after Strasbourg’s entire back line decided to take the play off, one Nancy player calmly laid it off to No. 14 at the top of the box. But with the open goal at his mercy, he inexplicably skied it!
Luckily for these ‘negative Nancys,’ the team still hung on for a 2-1 win.
Anatomy of a howler
Doesn’t matter if you’re playing in the World Cup, the semi-pro leagues in England, or in a little town called Zivinice, Bosnia and Herzegovina. If you manage to miss an empty net from three yards out, the internet will find it, publish it — occasionally accompanied by pulsating theme music from ’70s cop dramas — and exploit your impotence forever and always.
Well, until the next fail comes along.
Images via The Mirror
Liverpool player Andre Wisdom, currently on loan at Derby County, drove his $150,000+ Porsche straight into a mud pit after getting lost on his way to his own stadium.
There’s a bit of irony in his name, no? England’s Under-21 national team captain will likely be a great Premier League player some day, but he’ll never live this moment down.
Having just arrived to Derby a few weeks ago, Wisdom still didn’t quite know how to get to Pride Park from his hotel and decided to make use of his in-car navigation system. There was just one problem, though: the GPS led him down an ominously muddy road in the middle of nowhere. But rather than pulling over and seeking an alternative route — or perhaps coming up with the brilliant idea to call someone, anyone, at Derby to help him out — Wisdom stubbornly drove ahead, right into the pool of sludge.
At this point, Wisdom abandoned ship and called his club to come find him. Wisdom managed to get to his match on time, and the car was found hours later by a mountain biker.
Speaking with The Mirror, the biker said:
"To get to that point he would have to come through an equally muddy section - I have no idea what he was thinking. I just can’t believe he could have got that far to begin with, then to submerge it in that puddle."
"We are miles from any main road and the track doesn’t go anywhere, it’s just mind boggling how he ended up there."
Hilariously, this story is an obvious parallel to an episode of The Office, where Michael Scott and Dwight Schrute religiously follow their GPS straight into a lake:
Funny concept for a scripted television show. Even funnier when it happens in real life:
H/T The Mirror
NOTE: Scroll to 0:40 second mark
We appreciate your abilities to initiate counter-attacks. Speeding up play with a quick punt up-field can certainly catch opposing defenses on the back foot sometimes. But — and this is key — before you do, just make sure an opponent’s bum isn’t directly in the way. Please?
Sincerely, head coaches everywhere
Oita Trinita backstop Keisuke Shimizu learned the hard way this weekend against Albirex Niigata. A tad overeager to catch the defense napping, Shimizu punted the ball immediately after catching a long header in the area. Unfortunately, an opponent was standing right in the way, the ball ricocheted off the player’s backside, and the ball looped back into Shimizu’s own net!
Oita Trinita, no strangers to bottoming out (they’re currently in last place in the J-League), went on to lose, 3-1.