Everyday Football Fouls and Flops

July 13, 2014

Footballers diving and feigning injury has been done before:

but not as well as this, from Fourgrounds Films of Canada, via NPR:

If we all reacted to contact in our everyday situations like football players by a film and video production company in Niagara, Canada. http://www.fourgrounds.com



Botaoshi: My New Favourite Game

May 31, 2011

What do you get when you take 200 men, 2 poles and large green space? My new favourite game, that’s what!

I’m looking for funding to bring this to Toronto – let me and thefrontiersman know!


How Liverpool Fans Really Feel

October 5, 2010

I’ve had a 26 year love affair with Liverpool FC but as I’ve said on Twitter, I’m quickly becoming disillusioned and am falling out of love with the club. I want to be inspired by what happens on the pitch, not disheartened. Hopefully this ownership issue can be resolved and the fans can do what we should do – support the club and revel in our victories.

via Mike Jefferies – Twitter | Blog

Fifa World Cup Headlines

June 28, 2010

A lousy World Cup for my home country, England, but a great one for media watchers. Some of my favourite headlines from before during and after the tournament:

The Sun predicts an EASY group stage. With two draws and a solitary win, it was anything but.

England Algeria Slovenia Yanks

The New York Post gets carried away with itself:

Greatest Tie Against the Brittish Since Bunker Hill

…and then disenvoes any association with association football.

This sport is stupid anyway

The Mirror gives Fabio Capello some career advice:

The Mirror - Cap Off!

The Star led with the glorious “Fritz All Over”

The 20p Star - Fritz All Over

The Mirror led with the more cinematically themed “Rout of Africa”

The Mirror - Rout of Africa

The Sun didn’t waste any money on a fancy sub-editor, leading with the more straightforward and honest assessment “You Let Your Country Down”.

The Sun - You Let Your Country Down

Final three headlines via the Huffington Post, via @LarysaW. If anyone cares, I’m torn between Brazil and Argentina or Germany for the cup.

John Cleese on Football and Soccer

June 28, 2010

According to Wikipedia, the term soccer originated in England, first appearing in the 1880s as an Oxford “-er” abbreviation of the word “association”, often credited to former England captain Charles Wreford-Brown.

Via Alltop.

Fernando Torres as a Cartoon Character

May 26, 2010

As an unabashed Liverpool fan, Fernando Torres is one of, if not the, my favourite players in the game right now. So when I saw that the Spanish editorial group “SM” had created a comic called ‘Fernando Torres and the Emperor’s Consul’, I had to share.

Fernando Torres

Via Liverpool Football Club and Fernando Torres’s Official website.

Running Up the Score

April 2, 2009

As a Brit who was raised in a hyper competitive environment, I can’t understand the North American obsession with equality and fairness. If I’m winning at something, I want to win by as much as possible – you never know when you may be able to win again so you may as well enjoy it. I also have a sneaking suspicion that I’m not the only person like this – so if the shoe was on the other foot, the opposition would want to do the same to us. Fair’s fair.

If we’re winning 8-0 and I get a chance to blast a volley on goal. I will. No need to feel guilty.

The same goes for celebrating. If I, god forbid, score a goal playing football, of course I want to celebrate. I may never get another chance.

All of which is a roundabout way of saying that I don’t understand the brouhaha about Ovechkin’s celebration of scoring 50 NHL goals. That seems like 50 more than I could score in an entire NHL career. The Guardian in the UK feels the same as me. Interesting to note the people who wanted to line up against the young Russian.

I’d rather see The Robot than a polite shake of the hands.


Please don’t get me started on the salary cap.

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