29
Jul

Ashley Cole the odd man out in Roma team picture

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Ashely Cole seems to be fitting in splendidly with new club AS Roma.

The long-time Premier League defender made the bold move out of England this summer to join the reigning Serie A runners-up, and based on this team picture from their United States tour, it looks like Cole’s having a bit of a tough time making new friends!

Take it away, Celine …

Image via The Equaliser

23
May

Class of ‘92 play against construction workers on a rooftop

It’s the dream of just about any Manchester United fan to play against one of the best groups of footballers the world has seen: the esteemed Class of ‘92.

A group of construction workers at the Hotel Football project had that very opportunity, on the roof of the structure no less. The project, being built next to Old Trafford, was visited by United legends Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers.

When they wandered up to the five-a-side field being built on the rooftop, something pretty wonderful happened:

The five former players are all involved in the Hotel Football project, so while this was probably totally staged, but you can’t say these workers enjoyed it any less than if it had been an impromptu kick-about. 

(H/T SB Nation)

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.

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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)

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)

6
May

Like tattoos? Then you’ll love Tim Howard

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Everton and US national team goalkeeper Tim Howard became the latest pro athlete to join PETA’s “Ink, Not Mink” campaign, stripping off to reveal his abundant collection of eye-catching tattoos.

In a video interview which you can view below, he discusses what drove him to be part of PETA’s campaign.

“Protecting animals is very important to me, and I think speaking out against fur is an amazing cause,” Howard told PETA. “When I see someone wearing fur, I just want to sit them down in front of one of PETA’s videos and show them just how badly animals suffer for this supposed fabric that no one needs.”

Other American athletes involved in the Ink, Not Mink campaign include NFL players Terrell Suggs, Willis McGahee, Maurice Jones-Drew, Tony Gonzalez and Michael Strahan, as well as boxer “Sugar” Shane Mosley, and hoops players Ty Lawson and Metta World Peace.

H/T DailyMail
5
May

How we reacted to Liverpool’s historic collapse at Crystal Palace

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Liverpool suffered an astonishing collapse at Crystal Palace on Monday night, blowing a 3-0 lead with only 11 minutes left to play (plus stoppage time) to draw 3-3.

Palace’s monumental comeback dealt Liverpool a critical blow in the Premier League title race, as Manchester City now only need four points from their final two games to secure the trophy.

The result at Selhurst Park sent shock waves around the world, and depending on who your team is, these were the most likely reactions:

Liverpool fans

Crystal Palace fans

Manchester City fans

Everyone else

3
May

Reading fans invade pitch wrongly thinking they clinched promotion playoff spot

imageThe Reading fans’ joy lasted for only a few moments. (Image: Reuters)

Well, that’s a bit embarrassing …

Heading into Saturday’s final round of games, Championship side Reading were in a battle with Brighton over the final playoff spot for Premier League promotion. Thanks to a 2-2 draw against Burnley, all Reading needed was for Brighton to not beat Nottingham Forest and the playoff spot would’ve been theirs.

Unfortunately, just then a rumor spread through the crowd that Forest notched a late equalizer, seemingly giving Reading the result they needed. Ecstatic, hundreds of fans invaded the pitch to celebrate. But elation quickly turned into stunned silence once those fans realized that Brighton had, in fact, held on for the win. Stupid cell phone reception!

As upsetting as this must have been for Reading fans, it could have been exponentially worse. Just ask Schalke fans.

On the final day of the 2001 Bundesliga season, Schalke’s players, staff and fans were celebrating their first title in over 40 years, unaware that Bayern Munich, who were losing away to Hamburg, were still playing deep in stoppage time needing only a goal to tie, and thus, steal the title from Schalke in the final seconds. It happened, and the heartbreak was incomparable.

Watch (unless you’re a Schalke fan):

H/T Deadspin

30
Apr

Unused third-choice goalkeeper leads Norwich City’s ‘Player of the Year’ voting

imageCarlo Nash in action (Image: Reuters)

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