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

27
Apr

Paddy Power brings David Moyes statue to Anfield, Liverpool promptly lose

The pranksters over at betting site Paddy Power were at it again this weekend, erecting a fake David Moyes statue at Anfield ahead of Liverpool’s title showdown against Chelsea.

Fans gleefully flocked to the statue to take pictures with the “Liverpool legend,” who led arch rivals Man United to their worst finish in the Premier League era, and played a small part in the Reds’ ascendancy this season.

But what started out as a clever joke turned into something dark and sinister by game’s end. Chelsea ran out 2-0 winners, handing Liverpool their first league loss in 2014 and taking away the Reds’ control of the title race.

The Curse of Moyes? It’s very much in play.

21
Apr

Man City fans back under-fire David Moyes

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Hey, have you heard?

Manchester United are said to be on the verge of parting ways with David Moyes after yet another loss this weekend. Yup! Apparently, that might happen to you if, in your first season as manager, your club suffers its worst finish in the Premier League era and fails to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 19 years. Imagine that.

It’s not all doom and gloom for Moyes, however. He still has his share of admirers in England, even in Manchester! On Monday, rival club Manchester City fans came out in droves to not only root on their own team against West Brom, but also to shower their rivals’ manager with messages of “support.” Check it out:

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See, David? Everything will turn out alright. Even if you do get the sack, football geniuses don’t stay unemployed for long.

19
Apr

Blackpool coach sent to stands after hitting his own player

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In a matter of just three years, Blackpool have gone from a Premier League side to possibly dropping to England’s third division. And after just two wins in their last 25 Championship games, tempers are beginning to boil over at the crisis-stricken club.

During the opening minutes of Friday’s game against Burnley, angry fans tossed dozens on dozens of tennis balls onto the pitch in protest, temporarily delaying the match. Signs asking for the removal of club chairman Owen Oysten littered the stands. And to top it all off, assistant coach Bob Malcolm was sent to the stands in the second half after smacking one of his own players.

Malcolm appeared to take offense at something substitute Steven Dobbie said, and in response struck the forward before promptly receiving his marching orders from the officials.

Check out the slap:

Things are quickly going from bad to worse for Blackpool, who after the 1-0 loss to Burnley now find themselves in the relegation zone with three matches to play.

Image provided by Reuters.