Just look at the form - and those kicks. Perfect. (Photo: Action Images)
Most pitch invaders storm the field in hopes of hugging their favorite player, or snapping selfies with as many stars as possible.
But on the opening day of the Premier League, one fan took a different route, and elected to show off his football skills. He saw the opportune moment as Spurs lined up to take a free kick and pounced with lightning quick speed.
Christian Eriksen looked just devastated that the strike didn’t go in. And to be honest, his ensuing free kick wasn’t any better than the pitch invader’s attempt.
Maybe Blackpool should consider giving the fan a call.
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
Holtby goes down quicker than a house of cards. (Image: Reuters)
Tottenham Hotspur lifer Ledley King gave his testimonial match on Monday night, with the likes of Teddy Sheringham, Edgar Davids and Dimitar Berbatov (duh) among the Ledley Guest XI.
The highlight of the game, however, belonged to an active Spur - Lewis Holtby, who was busy spending the past few months on loan getting relegated with Fulham.
At some point in the match, the Germany midfielder decided to lighten the mood by slide-tackling referee Howard Webb to the ground, no doubt living out the fantasy of hundreds of players the world over:
Playing along, Webb got up and shoved Holtby to the ground for a little revenge, but the German still drew the last laugh from the audience by then taking a dramatic dive.
Some good-natured fun at the end of a not-so-fun campaign for Spurs fans!
Is the Tottenham Hotspur social media team at it again? Or is this just a strange case of cyber coincidence.
Check out the following Tweet sent out by the club on Friday, and see if you notice anything peculiar:
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial)May 9, 2014
Find it? The Bitly shortlink to poor Tim Sherwood’s likely last-ever pre-match interview includes the not-so-subtle message "Saq me."
You couldn’t make this stuff up! Or could you?
There is a very small chance Bitly really did spew out that series of random letters for the link, but based on some very recent history, we have our suspicions that this is a cruel joke at their own manager’s expense.
Just last week, Tottenham had to apologize to Liverpool for tweeting out the following Vine, which openly mocked the Reds’ throwing away the Premiership:
You’re on a roll, Spurs social media team. That, or you’re all fired. One of the two.
Thursday wasn’t a great day for Tottenham, having had their Europa League dreams essentially dashed by Benfica in a 3-1 loss.
The already-tense affair grew even more testy after Luisao scored his second goal of the contest. Benfica boss Jorge Jesus celebrated by throwing up three fingers, which appeared to be in the direction of the Tottenham technical area.
Spurs manager Tim Sherwood caught sight of it and took exception. At one point it looks as though Sherwood even squared Jesus up before thinking better of it. The world’s tiniest fourth official then stood between the managers as they shouted at each other, and cooler heads finally prevailed.
After the match, Jesus pleaded his innocence, saying: “I was saying ’number three, Luisao. Number three.’ That’s his own problem if he felt like that.”
Sherwood was unamused and accused Jesus of lacking class. “I thought his team were very good and showed a lot of class. It’s just a shame their manager didn’t,” Sherwood said.
"Waving goodbye like that? It lacks class. Why would anyone do that? He’s got a good side, of course he has, but not for me thank you. I have no intention of speaking to him.”
We can’t wait to see what the second leg has in store next week at Lisbon.
Something to cheer for
Sherwood’s happy dance
Wow, that was hectic! So another January transfer window comes to an end, but no need to worry, only another 364 days to go until the next one. £126 million ($207 million) was spent over January, breaking last year’s record of £120 million. Amazingly, a lot of the top Premier League clubs refrained from breaking the bank over the first month of the new year.
Liverpool missed out on one of their top targets on deadline day. A deal for Ukraine winger Yevhen Konoplyanka fell through at the last minute after Dnipro’s president refused to sign the paperwork. Saturday’s newspapers report that Tottenham will look to hijack interest from the Reds when the window reopens in the summer.
For this rumor and the rest of Saturday’s transfer gossip, click here.
Tottenham Hotspur spent over £100 million on signings in the summer transfer window. That summer of love looks to turn into a winter of discontent as the misfits look to engineer a move away. With so many new signings, some of the players have struggled to fit in. Wednesday’s newspapers report that Erik Lamela, Nacer Chadli and Etienne Capoue head the queue to depart White Hart Lane.
For this rumor and the rest of Wednesday’s transfer gossip, click here.