As the sole Ipswich fan around here, I'm honour bound to point out Mariner went the other way - south - to Arsenal. Our biggest deal with Liverpool was for Johnny Wark.
Of course, Wark's biggest deal was when he signed for a German Prison Camp to star in the movie Escape To Victory, with some lesser known footballers like Sylvester Stallone. And Pele.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:49 AM on November 16
Minnows San Marino scored their first ever point in European Nations Cup Qualifying today, as they held Estonia to a 0-0 draw.
The result snapped San Marino's sixty-one game losing streak.
This put the cap on something of a good week for minnows, as Liechtenstein beat Moldova 1-0 and on Friday the Faroe Islands won 1-0 in Greece.
In the moral victory column you can find Gibraltar, who held reigning world champions Germany to "only" a 4-0 scoreline. Meaning Gibraltar are better than Brazil, right?
posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:39 AM on November 16
Of course, we all know the real goal of the year was scored by Ipswich Town's Under 14 academy team.
Or, to give them their proper name, Bluecelona.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 04:09 PM on November 14
That Zlatan goal, (and most of his others), should always be shown with commentary, simply because it's great to hear other people react to unbelievable things.
This guy laughing is my favourite one for that goal.
OH HO HO!
posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:04 PM on November 14
The English are to blame for everything. I'm surprised we had time to ruin the World Cup bidding process while we were also setting up our grand international conspiracy to push Italians into Luis Suarez's mouth.
This is why we don't have an empire any more. Too busy.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 06:57 PM on November 13
For people who enjoy playing with silly nicknames, here's Optimus Grimes versus Megatron from yesterday's Detroit-Miami tilt.
There was one offensive pass interference call on Calvin Johnson in the first half where he bumped Grimes and Grimes bounced off him like a small child, but he went on to have about as good a game on Calvin as you can expect from someone giving up seven inches and 46 lbs.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:26 AM on November 10
This game would be closer if the Packers were playing against actual bears.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:38 PM on November 09
After today's games, the English Premier League's Top Five features Southampton, West Ham and Swansea.
Arsenal, Man United, Liverpool and Spurs are all closer in points to last placed Burnley than first placed Chelsea.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:57 PM on November 09
The Washington Football Team have started doing their own jokes now - on the way to the game yesterday their two team buses crashed. Into each other.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:59 AM on November 03
There's a lot of automation in those and sometimes it goes wrong. Today on a long incompletion from Matt Moore, Mike Wallace was credited with a catch for minus 41 yards.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:08 PM on November 02
Knowing they were facing a rookie Quarterback, the Buccaneers threw some defensive looks at the Vikings that Bridgewater had not seen before.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:32 AM on October 29
The part of the academy that agreed deals for Enner Valencia and Sakho for the same amount that Liverpool paid for Balotelli.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:50 PM on October 26
When you sack the backup Quarterback while losing by 25 points, you probably shouldn't celebrate.
Especially if you then injure yourself doing so.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 04:17 PM on October 26
The Out Of The Park Baseball developers used the 2015 version of their game to run the upcoming World Series five times.
The first series went six games. All the others went seven.
I won't spoil the projected winner, but I will say they posted the stats generated by the five series in a big google doc. If only we knew anyone who liked that sort of thing.
Interestingly, the overall losing team scored more runs across the five series and had a better ERA from the starters and the bullpen.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:35 AM on October 21
So the Dolphins beat the Patriots and folks said they were clearly in decline. The Dolphins beat the Raiders and they fired their coach. The Dolphins beat the Bears and there was apparently a fight in the Bears locker room.
I'm not sure how to feel about this.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:40 PM on October 19
Last year the Seahawks traded 2013 first and seventh round picks and a 2014 third-round pick to the Vikings for Percy Harvin.
Today they traded Harvin to the Jets for a conditional mid-round draft pick.
If he goes lights out for the Jets, then Seattle might get a second round pick in return.
I know the Jets carried a lot of cap space through the off season, but at 1-6, this seems like an odd move. They're not exactly one wide receiver away from anything.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:52 PM on October 17
This was the best thing about the game.
Check out that sweet handwriting.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:00 AM on October 01
"The suspension given to Simmons by ESPN for criticizing Goodell is actually one week longer than the original suspension given to Rice for knocking out his girlfriend in an Atlantic City elevator."
Does anyone know what condition his socks were in?
posted by Mr Bismarck at 08:00 PM on September 25
A dash of weirdness being added to the Rob Bironas accident, as some university students claim Bironas told them he was going to kill everyone in their car on the night of his death.
This comes after a recording was released of a 911 call claiming Bironas had tried to run a woman and her husband off the road.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 05:22 PM on September 23
Good news! Dolphins' pass rusher Dion Jordan had his four game suspension for violation of the NFL's Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse lifted as part of the NFL's new drug policy!
Bad news! Dolphins' pass rusher Dion Jordan has been banned for four games for violation of the NFL's Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse after immediately failing another test.
Jeff Ireland's quality work lives on in Miami.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:10 PM on September 20
Antonio Brown has been fined ~$8,000 for that amusing karate kick to the facemask of Browns' Punter Spencer Lanning.
I'd like to point out, again, that this is $2,500 less than Frank Gore was fined last year for having sloppy socks.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:17 PM on September 11
For what it's worth, it's streaming live on ESPN3.com.
Good goal from the Czechs.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 03:41 PM on September 09
I expect that Goodell will fine him $3.50, and then when he actually watches the video of the kick, he'll fine him $200million.
I seem to remember when Brady did that cleats-up slide into Ed Reed's thigh he was fined $10,000. The same weekend Frank Gore was fined $10,500 for having bad elastic in the top of his socks.
I hope Lanning's socks were in order.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:41 AM on September 09
NFL.com is roughly the only football related site on the internet where you can't see this film.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 04:10 PM on September 08
2. Just who the heck is going to play LG?
Richie Incognito needs a team.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:19 AM on August 27
who does one root for between MK Dons and Man U? If it's MK Dons
Some kind of asteroid strike?
posted by Mr Bismarck at 05:04 PM on August 26
Zombie Dee P. Gordon's ERA could have been better.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:58 AM on August 14
Bravo, beaverboard. And what a great movie.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 05:28 PM on August 13
Germany beat Brazil 5-1 yesterday in the Women's U20 World Cup.
I think it's about time the UN stepped in on this one before the Germans annex Brasilia.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:09 AM on August 13
The IPL happened to India. So much of their every day game is based around attacking bowlers and smashing as many runs as possible. When the game position means they have to stick in and bat as long as possible, even if they're not scoring runs, they seem lost. The field at Lords didn't punish this because it was flat and consistent as a pool table.
But since the travesty of a track at Lords the last two tests have been on classic English pitches, designed for English bowlers swinging the ball around under cloudy skies, and this has coincided with the return to form of a couple English players and an apparent working out of some of the Indian batsmen.
Anderson looks like he owns Kohli now and away-away-in swing to Jadeja looks like it's a free wicket.
It also doesn't hurt that Ali is apparently turning into a "golden arm" - a bowler who's not great, but gets people out for no reason anyone can determine.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 03:41 PM on August 09
At the Women's U20 World Cup Claire Levogez of France decided to go all James Rodriguez.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:49 AM on August 07
James Rodriguez jumped from Monaco to Madrid today, for about 80 million Euros.
Monaco double their money in a year. Then keep all of it because LOLTaxes.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:51 PM on July 22
Meanwhile, it was a busy German Grand Prix today.
Some Germans showed up with their living room.
Massa went upside down.
Kvyat caught fire.
And three different World Champions drove into Kimi, including this sandwich between Vettel and his own teammate, Alonso...
posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:08 PM on July 20
Worth watching to hear the pronunciation of that name.
Although I still want to hear Twellman and Darke have a run at it.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:01 PM on July 20
According to Steven A. Smith this move makes LeBron the "most beloved sportsman in the world."
So it's nice to see we're maintaining perspective.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 02:16 PM on July 11
"A pretty Belgian fan's photo at the World Cup went viral, landing her a modeling gig."
What a spectacular name.
I'll have to ask Tayler Twellman how to pronounce it.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:14 AM on July 10
Argentina need to lose tomorrow to make sure we have two important games left, not one.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 06:25 PM on July 08
Germany is up by a touchdown in the 85th minute.
Brazil got a rouge at the end.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 06:02 PM on July 08
I thought ESPN were showing this game, but they seem to be rerunning The Red Wedding.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 05:04 PM on July 08
Slightly late for Wimbledon, but: Capybaras That Look Like Rafael Nadal.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:18 AM on July 07
One person in Paris was happy with the result.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 03:18 PM on July 05
Keep the quality coming, Yahoo.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:28 AM on July 05
Howard, in one image.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 03:15 PM on July 03
But most of me wants to stand up, applaud and yell at all the other teams that this is how they should all play
I think the reason it was so entertaining was because the US couldn't keep the ball and Howard was outstanding. I wish the US could bottle their effort and team spirit and sell it to England, but I don't see too many teams aspiring to have a technically limited midfield playing in front of a miraculous goalkeeper.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:50 AM on July 03
91:45 : A slow start here, by Belgium.
92:01 : Belgium scores.
"Lukaku who had looked terrible in the group stage."
Interesting, that. Since the injury to Benteke the answer to "who is Belgium's best forward?" seems to be "whoever's on the bench."
To be fair to him, Origi looked decent today. But he also looked quite raw, which is appropriate, as that's exactly what he is.
I hope by Saturday someone has asked Kevin de Bruyne how to say his name, so we don't have to go through the 19 different pronunciations we had today.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:00 PM on July 01
Third team we've seen today with one really good player and then... some others. Without Howard that's an absolute massacre.
Like Ochoa, I expect it'll be a man of the match award and a flight home.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 06:35 PM on July 01
If the US can get past Belgium they get a Saturday afternoon game on July 4th weekend.
I really like Belgium, (especially if Divock Origi can finally put a spearpoint on their pretty approach play), but I'd love to see the sort of madness we'd have here with a game on Saturday.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:40 PM on July 01
So apparently this is happening.
At first glance I thought Kaka had signed for the Ravens. Which would have been eponsysterical.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:22 PM on July 01
Scotland used to have a free kick routine based around a fake argument between two players who apparently were both going to take the kick. One would then shove the other to the ground and in the confusion, a third would run up and smash the ball, (usually Into the stands).
So when I saw the kick the first time I thought it was deliberate. Giving Muller too much credit.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:11 AM on July 01
"EDIT: here's a better link."
That's the link I posted.
I presume this is going to derail Urguguay's appeal, unless they're going to re-route it to being purely about lowering the length of the ban, (which would also please Barca, of course).
Edit : Annnnnnd... Here's Barca chief Andoni Zubizarreta praising Suarez for being "humble." after his "apology."
posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:35 AM on July 01
Luis Suarez apologises for biting Chiellini.
A proper approval too. Not an "I'm sorry if anyone was offended" apology.
" I deeply regret what occurred. I apologise to Giorgio Chiellini and the entire football family."
posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:25 PM on June 30
but at the end of the first half Robben was kicked in the box by two separate Mexicans and got nothing for it
For clarity, this is the one I'm talking about. He gets his heel clipped and then his left foot cleaned out by two Mexican defenders who make no contact with the ball at all.
As for the penalty that was given - I thought it was a Robben special : a foul and a dive. He turns the embellishment dial to 9 after contact, but then in the first half he got clear contact, fell down normally and got nothing.
What lesson would you take out of that?
posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:36 AM on June 30
Robben won't be taking a holiday in Mexico anytime soon.
Everyone will focus on the end of the game, but at the end of the first half Robben was kicked in the box by two separate Mexicans and got nothing for it.
I'll be interested to see if FIFA has something to say about coaching during the water breaks. van Gaal got to make a number of changes all at once and convey them to his team together because of the break and then Mexico then had to respond on the fly, the old fashioned way.
As a neutral it made for a better spectacle than the 3-5-2 mirror match that was happening earlier in the game though.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 08:16 AM on June 30
I am ready for something other than penalties to decide knockout matches.
I love penalties. If every knockout game was tense and hard fought and then ended in a shoot out I'd be delighted.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 03:23 PM on June 28
The latest from Suarez :
"I lost my balance, making my body unstable and falling on top of my opponent."
Keep 'em coming, Luis.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:35 PM on June 28
I got bitten by a snake today. An Eastern Racer.
This is why my neighbours got to see me shout "Fuck you, Suarez!" while hurling an angry snake off my back deck this afternoon.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:19 PM on June 27
Yes - the way the stage fell means only one of Brazil, Chile, Colomiba and Uruguay can make it to the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, Ann Coulter doesn't like soccer.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:27 PM on June 26
If a player is called up to represent his national team and his club refuses to let them appear, then FIFA can ban him from playing in the subsequent two club games. Teams can claim a player is injured, but if the national team smells conspiracy or is just being a pain they can call him up anyway.
Players can "retire" from international consideration (and then later un-retire). Provided it's the player making the decision not to go, FIFA won't force them.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 03:52 PM on June 26
Jermaine Jones ran into the referee, kicked the ball into his own face and ran head first into his own teammate.
Quite the hattrick.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 03:02 PM on June 26
We're watching both at once!
Work has a two hour pizza and ice cream party for the US game. We have a ton of people in here with the US game on the big screen and the Ghana game on a projector off to the side.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:08 PM on June 26
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