23
May

Naughty pup eats QPR fans tickets for playoff final

It’s not very often that the excuse of “my dog ate my homework” can actually be used. But, for one unlucky Queens Park Rangers fan, his pup really did eat something very important!

Saffa Michail was beside himself after his dog destroyed his tickets for QPR’s playoff final against Derby at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.  It’s safe to say Michail was less than pleased with the dog, telling several people on Twitter that he wanted to kill him (thank goodness he was half-joking or this would be a very different story).

Luckily for him, the club was able to step in and make sure his tickets were reprinted without issue — and he got a tweet from a QPR player, too:

While Michail is thankful the situation was sorted by the club, we’re certain the most relieved being in this whole situation is the naughty pup who surely avoided any further reprimanding. Plus, he’s pretty darn cute. Hard to be too mad at him, right?

(H/T Off The Post)

15
May

Arsenal sure seems confident they’ve already won the FA Cup

Sports teams jumping the gun on proclaiming themselves winners certainly isn’t something new, (Yes, we’re looking at you, Matt Hasselbeck), but Arsenal has taken it a step further.

image(Via @WorldSoccerTalk)

Yep, that’s a bus the Gunners have lined up for a victory parade, complete with a “The FA Cup Winners 2014” decal, despite having not yet played Hull City in the final.

How do we know they’re planning a parade?

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(via @GaryLDN)

Oh, boy. Arsenal certainly made the transition from confident to cocky with these minor hiccups. Surely all Hull manager Steve Bruce needs to do is pop these images up in the dressing room and his boys will be amped.

Who knows? Maybe the Bruce and the Tigers could even pull off the unthinkable upset, ala Truman over Dewey:

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(h/t Hull Daily Mail)

19
Nov

Setting the table for England vs Germany

imageWayne Rooney will lead Roy Hodgson’s side in attack on Tuesday night (Images: Reuters).

The classic rivalry between England and Germany will write another chapter Tuesday night at Wembley Stadium (live, FOX Sports 1, 3 p.m. ET), so let’s run down a few things to know:

1. Twice as nice: Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge will be paired together up top, with Rooney playing in the No. 10 role. This is great news for England, who need Rooney to be in top form and utilized in his best position in order to make a run at the top teams. You can read more about what this means for England in Patrick Barclay’s match preview.

2. Taking it easy: You’ll notice that while the Three Lions are fielding their best XI, more or less, the Germans will miss a lot of key players. Captain Philipp Lahm and Manuel Neuer have been left behind in Germany to rest for Bayern Munich’s upcoming clash at Borussia Dortmund, while Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil will be rested as well. Also absent are injured playmakers Bastian Schweinsteiger, Ilkay Gundogan and Sami Khedira, as well as strikers Miro Klose and Mario Gomez. Joachim Low will have to give his side a new look, including Lars and Sven Bender in holding midfield.

imageWith his team hampered by injuries, Low will be forced to experiment vs. England (Images: Reuters).

3. Players to watch: Don’t feel bad for Germany, they still have plenty of weapons. Watch Marco Reus and Mario Gotze closely today; the two  wingers are competing with Ozil and Thomas Muller for starting spots next summer. The same thing goes for Max Kruse, who starts as the lone striker today.  On the other side, keep an eye on Adam Lallana and Andros Townsend. Still new to the national side, they, too, need to present themselves to the manager.

4. History lesson: The old rivalry has been a story of two eras. From their first meeting in 1908 through the legendary 1966 World Cup final, England completely dominated Germany (10W-2D-0L). It’s been a different story since then; Germany is 13-2-5 against England after ‘66. However, the Three Lions won the last meeting, 2-1, in November 2008 in Berlin.

5. Going tubing: Yesterday, the German national team took the Tube to Wembley Stadium for their final practice. This would be unfathomable if not for the well-known fact that getting to Wembley any other way actually takes ten times as long. This just speaks to Joachim Low’s thorough preparation. A video of the team’s unique transport is below: