6
Sep

Spoof story dupes soccer fans into needless outcry

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CBC Radio program This is That caused a stir over the weekend with a segment that claimed an Ontario athletic association removed the ball from youth soccer games, thus ensuring everybody wins.

The This is That piece hit the blogosphere, and the pallbearers for athletic integrity readied themselves to lower the proverbial casket. There’s only one problem: This is That is a satirical program, comparable to a Canadian version of The Onion.

To be fair, the hoax included some totally believable quotes, such as:

"We want our children to grow up learning that sport is not about competition, rather it’s about using your imagination. If you imagine you’re good at soccer, then, you are."

In the same vein, we guess if you imagine a completely ridiculous story is true, then, it is.

Oh, wait.

(h/t Deadspin)

(Image: Joe Corrigan/Getty Images)

6
Jul

Iker Casillas, Sara Carbonero to become parents for first time

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Congratulations are in store for one of soccer’s true power couples.

According to Spanish newspaper El Mundo, Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas and Sara Carbonero revealed that they are set to become parents for the first time.

The pair were reportedly tight-lipped about their plans, but recently revealed the news to their closest family and friends earlier this week. Carbonero, a Spanish journalist, is believed to be 13 weeks pregnant.

The news comes after a tumultuous season for Casillas on the pitch, following his strained relationship with former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho after suffering a hand injury in January and subsequently falling down the pecking order at Madrid.

Despite his uncertain role at Real Madrid, and Spain’s crushing 3-0 Confederations Cup final loss to Brazil last month, the 32-year-old keeper expressed his excitement before departing to a secret vacation destination with Carbonero.

“We’re very happy,” the couple told El Mundo. “I’m going to have a baby from La Mancha,” the Spanish captain added referring to Carbonero’s city of origin.

The couple confirmed their relationship back in 2010, right before Spain’s World Cup run in South Africa. Of course, who can ever forget their iconic smooch after Spain’s World Cup final victory over the Netherlands in thrilling extra time:

30
May

Adrian Mutu wants to adopt Chinese baby found in sewage pipe?

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Former Chelsea ace Adrian Mutu has always lived life in the fast lane. Apparently, the road has now taken the Romanian striker to a new calling.

In an interview with Romanian channel ProTV, Mutu  reportedly expressed his interest to adopt the baby rescued from a Chinese sewage pipe earlier this week. Mutu, a father of three, told the channel:

"I couldn’t figure out how to carry on living, how to eat my breakfast when I saw this story on TV. He’s a special child. When I saw the baby, I said, ‘I must adopt him, he has been sent to me by God.’

"Just look at this poor little fellow. He made such a strong impression on me. I told my wife we have to help him, we have to do everything we can.

"I never thought I would adopt a baby, I had no plan concerning that, but I just know: I have to help this one."

The 5-pound newborn boy, known only as “Baby 59” by the number of his hospital incubator, was miraculously found wedged in a pipe under a shared bathroom in Jinhua, China.

Mutu, who was released from the Premier League club in 2004 after testing positive for cocaine, said he discussed his plan with his wife, Consuelo, and will seek out adoption avenues. Currently, Romania is not on the list of 17 countries whose citizens can adopt from China.