If I didn't have a player who was such a strong leader that he could handle Artest, there's no way in hell I'd take the chance. I honestly don't know who could be that guy - it seems like Shaq gets the necessary respect but Miami doesn't need or want Artest. The Knicks need him but have no leadership whatsoever and have enough trouble on their hands with Stephon. And he's not even crazy.
posted by sakana at 11:15 AM on December 18
Not just Czech Republic - Italy as well. I'd say the USA's chances of even getting out the group are almost nil.
posted by sakana at 03:06 PM on December 09
Oh wow. Czechs in Italy's group. Man. I may need to go after all.
posted by sakana at 02:59 PM on December 09
Holland and Argentina together. Nice.
All I can say is YAY. Bad days for Man U are good days for the rest of us. I love that they finished bottom, though it must be said that Fergie was disappointingly classy in defeat, refusing to throw blame around or talk down to the press.
posted by sakana at 07:47 PM on December 07
Great article, Hugh. Thanks for posting it.
posted by sakana at 08:39 PM on November 28
Wow, shocking news. No, really.
posted by sakana at 12:08 PM on November 28
I despise Keane - particularly in his violent, dirty moments - but I respect the hell out of him as a footballer. He's about a far from "crap" as a man can get. And Here's a brief roundup of some of the "how it happened" rumors - nothing conclusive, of course.
posted by sakana at 09:43 AM on November 19
Awesome. This story is a perfect example of what is so great about football AND Russians - conspiracies galore! That said, "everyone at the ground" could mean a couple of hurt players and a few backroom staff, if it was a day off. And the quotes from Mourinho in the story are from right after the Man U game - I wonder if he actually had anything to say about the "investigation," or even knew it was happening.
posted by sakana at 08:25 AM on November 17
This story killed me. I know it's a very girly response, but I felt horrible for him. What's worse than crying on your first day of practice? Oh wait, I know-- having news of that crying hit the wires! Sweet.
posted by sakana at 04:07 PM on July 27
You and me both, BigCalm. Not even English teams want to play Leicester.
posted by sakana at 08:50 AM on July 25
So, after all the gnashing of teeth, accusation of capitulation and threatened lawsuits, it's back on. Just a little misunderstanding there, England. Bygones.
posted by sakana at 08:03 AM on July 24
The weird thing to me about all this is how incredibly vague Inter's statement is (it's link in the original article)-- you can even interpret it to mean that they simply think that something as frivolous as football should be made important right now. What I thought of right away, though, is how high concerned Italy is about terror at home (esp in relation to their presence in Iraq) right now-- right after the London attacks, they passed a law giving police more power, and there's been a lot of talk in government about Italy being the next target. I really wonder whether someone (Berlusconi?) went to Inter and asked them to just lay low and stay away from England for a bit, if only to avoid drawing further connection to a (perceived) alliance.
posted by sakana at 03:59 PM on July 23
Update: at least one (Leicester) of the clubs Inter were due to play is planning to sue. Everything else aside, four smaller clubs are losing a fairly significant (to them, at least) pile of money over the pullout.
posted by sakana at 10:00 AM on July 23
Wow. I can't imagine having unprotected tackle sticking out there with lax balls and the like flying around-- I had no idea there was such a fine line between sacrificing for performance and tragic emasculation. Being a man sounds like sort of a bummer.
posted by sakana at 06:54 PM on July 22
There's a point-by-point comparison between TO and JC in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch this morning, including this gem: "Owens has been known to do gimmicky celebrations in the end zone; Jesus was known to walk on water. Edge Jesus." On the non-Jesus front, Sal Paolantonio said this morning that TO will play for the Eagles or no one this season; that management won't blink. Is he right?
posted by sakana at 10:17 AM on July 22
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