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Tom Daley Is Gay, Not Bisexual, Okay?

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IMAGINE this: everyone in the world announces that they’re bisexual. Seems trite, but if everyone was bi, then it would stop the need for people to ‘come out’ and indeed, newspapers wouldn’t need to write stories about people ‘switching sides’ or indeed, as we’re seeing with Tom Daley, clarifying exactly which set of genitals he’s most interested in.

The 19-year-old told the world that he was bi on YouTube in December, saying: “Of course I still fancy girls, but right now, I’m dating a guy and I couldn’t be happier.”

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Posted: 4th, April 2014 | In: Celebrities, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


‘I’m A Pineapple Not A Racist': Nicolas Anelka Defends His ‘Quenelle’ Gesture

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NICOLAS Anelka, formerly Le Grand Sulk of English football became its pariah when he performed the cryptic quenelle gesture. Having left West Bromwich Albion after being handed a five-match ban by the FA for making the gesture during the 3-3 draw with West Ham in December, Anelka is talking to Metro News.

“Because some people have performed [the quenelle] in front of a synagogue, then the gesture is suddenly meant to be racist and anti-Semitic in any place and in any situation? Sorry, I’m not swallowing that. I’ve tried to swallow it but it won’t go down. So if I understand correctly, all priests are paedophiles and all Muslims are terrorists? For me, it’s the same principle. If this continues, the people who decide that the quenelle is racist will soon ban us from eating pineapples! It is a vulgar gesture, I grant you. There was never any religious intent on my part. I am neither racist nor anti-Semitic and this quenelle was a simple dedication.”

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Posted: 4th, April 2014 | In: News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United Balls: Of Course Wayne Rooney Dived Like All Good Barcelona Players Should

DID Wayne Rooney dive in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich? There is no doubt that Bayern’s Bastian Schweinsteiger fouled Rooney, but the Englishman went down in true action hero style: legs buckled, chest out, head tossed back, mouth  in a rictus of agony, perhaps death.

Schweinsteiger and Bayern manager Pep Guardiola thought the ‘going to ground easily’ has contributed to the German earning a second yellow card in the Champions League quarter-final.

 

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Posted: 3rd, April 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea Balls: David Luiz’s Hair To Blame For PSG Horror Show

ANORAK enjoys the marks out of 10 given to footballers by tabloid football experts. It’s a neat filler that offers all the insight of a Stevie Wonders’ binoculars. But you’d at least expect the newspaper men in the good seats to award similar scores to a player.

So. Take the Sun’s points for Chelsea’s David Luiz for his showing in the Blues Champions’ League match against Paris Saint-Germain:

“FLOWING locks exaggerate aimless runs with the ball that often end in losing it — putting his team under pressure. If the cross for PSG’s second goal was going in anyway, he sure helped things along. Booked – 4

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Posted: 3rd, April 2014 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United And Frank Munn 1928: The Player’s Cigarette Card V The Player

FLASHBACK to September 1 1928: How much did Manchester United footballer Frank Munn resemble his Player’s cigarette card?

The card in 1929:

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Munn in 1929:

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Posted: 1st, April 2014 | In: Flashback, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool Balls: Luis Suarez Let’s His Jaws Do The Talking

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LIVERPOOL Balls: The Reds are top if the Premier League. The Liverpool Echo’s Kristian Walsh reacts by commenting on Luis Suarez’s performance in a 4-0 win over a poor Spurs side:

To say like he was akin to a shark smelling blood would be inaccurate – sharks do not thrust themselves as frequently, or with the prolonged determination, of the Uruguayan. People sometimes survive shark attacks, too; the same cannot be said of Dawson.

Dawson is Spurs captain Michael Dawson. Reports of his death are premature.

Posted: 1st, April 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United Balls: Class Of ’92 And Qatari Oil Cash Buys Salford City?

COMPARE and contrast these stories on Manchester United’s ‘Class of ’92’. The Sun produced this scoop on March 27, 2014:

 

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DAVID Beckham and his “Class of ’92” Manchester United teammates are poised to front a multi-billion pound takeover of the club. Becks and fellow Red Devils heroes Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, brothers Gary and Phil Neville and Nicky Butt are being pushed as frontmen for a massive deal bankrolled by Arab oil money.

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Posted: 1st, April 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United Balls: David Moyes Stuck On Robbie Savage’s Revolving Door

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ROBBIE Savage straps on his flip-flops and delivers his insightful views on football in the Daily Mirror. Savage has been talking about Manchester United and David Moyes:

March 20th 2014:

“If United had gone out of Europe this week, I would have feared the worst for Moyes. Now I believe he will be given the summer to build his own team, which is the right solution.”

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Posted: 1st, April 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea Balls: Jose Mourinho Explores Sewing Dog Ears To A Crystal Palace Ballboy’s Head

THERE is something unsettling about Jose Mourinho, the Chelsea manager now in his second coming to the Blues. A successful man in his chosen field of expertise, Mourinho would be expected to be confident enough to play it straight. But instead he has all the grandeur of a puppy sat next to a pile of poo.

Those newer Manchester United fans scouring the Premier League for an alternative winning shirt to wear will look at Chelsea, but should realise why they are getting in to.

When he first arrived in the country Mourinho was a tornado whirling on Roman Abramovich’s cash. He was The Special One. He gave good quotes and was entertaining in a way that his team often were not. He managed to deflect attention away from them to himself.

When he returned to Stamford Bridge, Mourinho told the hacks: “Like the Portuguese people of the past, I am a navigator. A bit of an explorer.”

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Posted: 31st, March 2014 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Spurs And Chelsea Fans Fightiing In 1978: The Lone Hooligan On The Roof

FLASHBACK to November 18,  1978:

Rioting Tottenham Hotspur fans tear down a section of iron railings in a bid to reach the Chelsea supporters before a Division One game at London’s Stamford Bridge ground.

Were you that lone fan on the roof?

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Posted: 29th, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Darren Gough’s Greatest Moment on TalkSPORT: ‘We H’all Live In A Yeller Sumbarine’

DARREN Gough was once a cricketer with Yorkshire and England.

 

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Gough was both talented and likeable. The top English bowler of his generation retired from professional cricket. And Barnsley’s favourite Tory  hit even greater heights.

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Posted: 28th, March 2014 | In: Key Posts, Sports, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United Balls: The Plane-Flown Anti-Moyes Banner Shows The Modern Fan Is An Idiot

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MANCHESTER United fans have become a monocular, retrospective bunch. Used to success in the Alex Ferguson years, a group of them are looking to raise enough money to hire a plane to fly over Old Trafford during Saturday’s game against Aston Villa towing an anti-David Moyes banner behind it.

The campaign began on the Red Issue fanzine’s forum in reaction to the bit-sad corporate slogan-style “Chosen One” banner that is hung in the Stretford End – a banner which had to be closely guarded by an entire garrison of stewards following United’s derby defeat to City on Tuesday night…

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Posted: 27th, March 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool Balls: The Most Inane Michael Owen Commentary Quotes On BT Sports

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OVER on Pies, you can read the Top 12 Most Inane Commentary Comments from former Liverpool striker Michael Owen.

The collective sigh of a nation was palpable when BT Sports announced that Michael Owen was joining their team in co-commentator capacity at the beginning of the season, as subscribers suddenly realised that they were in for at least a season’s worth of beige footballing clichés and banal, perfunctory observations from a man who more or less talks in binary code.

Lo and behold, L’il Mike didn’t let anybody down, causing many a BT Sport viewer to suffer catatonic nervous meltdowns with his colourless delivery and 2D insight.

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Posted: 25th, March 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester City Balls: Moyes Falls For Tabloid Tactics As Pellegrini Makes His Points

THE Manuel Pellegrini story is getting to be a bit like George Bush’s plastic turkey. You know that story.? It’s the one about the then President George ‘Dubya’ Bush feeding the US troops a Thanksgiving dinner of plastic turkey. It was utter balls. But the media had a fact they would not let go of. So. Dubya’s plastic turkey became true. Though palpably false, the story lives on.

And so we get to the affable Manchester City manager, Pelligrini. In February 2013, he said:

 “If we only consider this season, there is just one club in Manchester and it’s ours.But you cannot forget what United has done in the previous years.”

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Posted: 25th, March 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0