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Marketing Balls: Nike Launch Ronaldo’s New Real Madrid Boot In A Supernova Of Guff

ronaldo Marketing Balls: Nike Launch Ronaldos New Real Madrid Boot In A Supernova Of Guff

WANT to buy Cristiano Ronaldo’s new Nike Mercurial IX CR7 boot, complete with ‘supernova’ skin print (in homage to Ronaldo’s “out of this world” performances since joining Real Madrid)?

In case you are still undecided as ty the merits of walking in Ronaldo’s shoes, the official Nike blurb, courtesy of design director Denis Dekovic, should seduce you

“The concept of a star that burns brighter than others reflects Cristiano’s style, speed and the idea that as a player he plays without limits, much like the outer reaches of the galaxy. What Cristiano is able to achieve on the field is something that we felt was limitless. So we took that direction and focused on creating a highly luxurious finish fused with modern print and colour choices.”

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Posted: 21st, October 2013 | In: Fashion, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


David Boon Where Are You? Australian Driver Drank 90 Full Strength Cans Of Melbourne Bitter

boob david beer David Boon Where Are You? Australian Driver Drank 90 Full Strength Cans Of Melbourne Bitter

TREVOR Alexander Warren, 51, of Dundee Beach in the Northern Territory, Australia, told Bathurst Local Court he’d consumed “between 80 and 90 full strength cans of Melbourne Bitter beer before driving. He had eaten nothing.

When police pulled over Warren’s Holden utility, they noticed the smell of alcohol coming from the car.

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Posted: 21st, October 2013 | In: Sports, Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ghost Goals: The Most Unforgettable Football Goals That Weren’t

WHEN Bayer Leverkusen’s Stefan Kiessling header smashed into the Hoffenheim net during their recent Bundesliga match, referee Felix Brych had no hesitation in whistling for a goal. Players questioned the decision, but he brooked no disagreement.

Nothing unusual about that, except for one thing: the player doing most of the questioning was Kiessling himself, whose goal ‘celebration’ had consisted of holding his hands and grimacing. From his excellent vantage point he could see what the ref could not: that the ball had missed the goal and powered into the side netting. After that it had somehow slipped through the net and ended up nestling inside.

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Posted: 21st, October 2013 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Roy Hodgson Race Gaffe: Monkeys Outraged At Being Compared To Slack-Jawed, Tattooed England Footballers

townsend england Roy Hodgson Race Gaffe: Monkeys Outraged At Being Compared To Slack Jawed, Tattooed England Footballers

WHEN Roy Hodgson used the word” “monkey” in the vicinity of Spurs’s mixed-race Andros Townsend the papers seized on his “gaffe“. They are still seizing. The Mail’s Rob Shepherd writes:

The Football Association have launched a covert investigation into how Roy Hodgson’s race gaffe was leaked to a national newspaper.

Earlier Nail Ashton and Hugo Guye  told us that Hodgson has apologised for his “gaffe“, although the paper’s headline writer billed “monkey as a “jibe”.

England manager Roy Hodgson has been forced to make a bizarre apology after making a joke about a monkey while referring to a mixed-race player during a half-time team talk. The coach’s gaffe is believed to have upset a player in the dressing room…

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Posted: 20th, October 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In 2007 The Daily Mail Predicted This England Team: Only Arsenal’s Walcott Made It

IN  2007, the Daily Mail’s predicted which tyros would make the England team of the future.

england 2007 In 2007 The Daily Mail Predicted This England Team: Only Arsenals Walcott Made It

They get one right. Admittedly, Micah Richard looked a good bet to an England regular. But some of the other you’d be hard placed to recognise in their own lounges.

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Posted: 19th, October 2013 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Spurs: Andros Townsend Earns Makes Manchester City’s Adebayor Look Even Luckier

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ANDROS Townsend Watch: A look at the England’s new great hope.

The Mirror leads with news that the Spurs winger is on 16,000 a week. Every week. It choses to compare Townsend’s new wage packet not with that of a nurse or teacher but with Manu Adebyaor, the Spurs striker on £170,000-a-week. Darren Lewis writes:

Andros Townsend could yet become a target for rival clubs after Tottenham’s reward for his England heroics was a new four-year deal worth ‘just‘ £16,000 a week.

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Posted: 19th, October 2013 | In: Sports, Spurs | Comments (5) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Monkey Typo Of The Week: The Times Says Roy Hodgson Did Not Want To ‘Say Anything Appropriate’

THE huge furore over Roy Hodgson’s Space Monkey quip has been pounced upon by the usual anti-racist moralisers. We hated it because quoting sections of a film is desperately sad. It’s is the novelty tie of oration.

But at least we can laugh at Roy’s gaffe in the Times, which quotes the England manager as saying:

“….there was absolutely no intention on my part to say anything appropriate.”

Good. That makes things much interesting. Keep it up, Roy…

hodgson race Monkey Typo Of The Week: The Times Says Roy Hodgson Did Not Want To Say Anything Appropriate

Posted: 18th, October 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


West Ham United’s Sam Allardyce Dances Gangnam Style (Video)

ANORAK presents West Ham manager Samuel Allardye dancing Gangnam Style before an episode on A League of Their Own

wtf West Ham Uniteds Sam Allardyce Dances Gangnam Style (Video)

Posted: 18th, October 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Spurs Monkey Balls: Mixed-Race Loveable Yido Andros Townsend Is Enslaved By The Ridiculous Society of Black Lawyers

COMMENT of the day comes Peter Herbert of an outfit known billed as the Society of Black Lawyers, a name that manages to be both sinister and laced with a pretentious Sixth formers ideas of grandeur. He wants to admonish the FA for Roy Hodgson’s monkey-laden England pep talk.

 Roy Hodgson’s comments may not have been made with the intention of causing offence as he has explained with the backing of the FA, nonetheless, offence was caused,’ writes Herbert in a letter to the FA calling for a full and proper investigation.The FA’s statement also confirmed that they had not received any complaints from the England players and therefore the matter was closed. The comments of the FA smack of “institutional racism” bearing in mind the Lawrence Inquiry definition of “unwitting racism”.’

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Posted: 18th, October 2013 | In: News, Sports, Spurs | Comments (7) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: When Erica Cantona Nixed Morrissey ‘Like A Fatty At The Church Steps’

ANOTHER gem from Morrissey’s new autobiography, Autobiography, is this wonderful little tale regaling the gladioli-whirling Smiths frontman’s incredibly brief encounter with one Eric Cantona in the foyer of a Parisian hotel…

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Spotter: @BeardedGenius), Pies

Posted: 18th, October 2013 | In: Celebrities, manchester united, Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


WTFifa? Even Though They Haven’t Qualified For 16 years, Colombia Seeded Above Italy And Holland

PA 17931931 WTFifa? Even Though They Havent Qualified For 16 years, Colombia Seeded Above Italy And Holland

ALL football fans know that FIFA are beyond farce. They fine racist clubs the equivalent of lunch money while doling out huge penalties to people who divert from their sponsors and, of course, look for all the world like the kind of company that MIGHT accept bribes to move to tournaments to Qatar, for the first World Cup to be built on a graveyard.

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Posted: 17th, October 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere Loses His Car At Wembley Stadium

HOW did the England v Poland game go for Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere? Well Charles Sale tells Daily Mail readers:

“It was reassuring to find one of England’s cosseted millionaire footballers having to join the real world on international duty. Jack Wilshere was searching late on Tuesday night – along with others – for just where his vehicle had been left in Wembley’s cavernous main car park. Wilshere had declined the usual chauffeured FA transport – that picks up players in a secured underground area – because he lives near the national stadium.”

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Posted: 17th, October 2013 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Spurs: The Sun Goes Looking For Racism In Andros Townsend’s Space Monkey

THAT the Sun has little time for Roy Hodgson is no great shock. He is, after all, guilty of not being the Sun’s columnist and England would-be legend Harry Redknapp. And so it is that one day after Roy’s Rover  have made it into the World Cup Finals by winning their tricky qualifying group, the Sun wades in with an Andros Townsend  RACE ROW:

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Posted: 17th, October 2013 | In: Sports, Spurs | Comments (18) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


English Football Is A Brat Factory: Manchester United and West Ham Prospects Row

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IN the England Under-21 game against Lithuania, the Three Lions ran out 5-0 and that would’ve been something to celebrate. However, there’s something troubling – is English football little more than a brat factory, churning out vacuous, quick-tempered babies who can’t get along?

U21’s manager Gareth Southgate certainly hinted as much, saying that there’s poor relations between England’s talented young few.

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Posted: 17th, October 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal: Millets criticises Mesut Ozil’s looks to flog its anoraks

WHEN football were invited to engage in an online Q&A with Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, Millets saw an opportunity. The sellers of canvas and (blushes) anoraks saw a chance for a bit of piggybacking promotional work. So. It tweeted:

‘does our 20 per cent off all clothing offer not make your eyes bulge with disbelief?’

ozil tweet millets Arsenal: Millets criticises Mesut Ozils looks to flog its anoraks

Posted: 16th, October 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool: Daniel Sturridge won’t pick Steven Gerrard’s pre-match music

LIVERPOOL and England’s Daniel Sturridge is talking music:

“It’s too much stress for me having to look after the music and making sure that everybody’s vibe’s right.”

Not easy. Not when Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is such a big Phil Collins fan. Footballers are so very mainstream…

Posted: 16th, October 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The funniest darts video ever

THIS is the funniest darts video Anorak has ever seen:

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Posted: 15th, October 2013 | In: Anorak TV, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


High-five horrors: James Faulkner pokes Brad Haddins in the eye

HIGH-Five horrors presents James Faulkner fluffing the god-awful high-five and poking Brad Haddins right in the eye. Slapping flesh might be good enough for the Americans, but if the Australians see any value in the Commonwealth and links to Great Britain they must surely be manifest in a smart, brisk handshake. British Colonialism  might be old hat, but standards never go out of fashion. It’s signs of American imperialism you need to watch out for – literally:

Posted: 15th, October 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Andros Townsend Watch: better than Bale and Lennon, the Spurs legend made Arsenal buy Ozil

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ANDROS Townsend Watch: the Spurs winger is being hailed as the greatest England prospect since…well, the last one. One match and he’s a superstar. In the Mail, Adrian Durham has more to say:

Does Andros Townsend really need a huge pay rise? Does he deserve one? He’s had a decent start to the season and very good game for England and now Spurs are apparently ready to hike up his wages.
I can only hope money doesn’t change him because he seems like a decent lad from a good family.

From a good family? Is Durham now a godly social worker?

One question remains though: Roy Hodgson said Townsend really caught his eye on loan at QPR last season. Makes you wonder doesn’t it? If AVB had more faith in Townsend and kept him at Tottenham, they might have made the top four. And Ozil would never have joined Arsenal. What a massive mistake.

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Posted: 15th, October 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Sir Alex Ferguson Way: the opening of Manchester United’s trail of silver, tears and vitriol

TODAY, Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson opened Sir Alex Ferguson Way, Trafford.

A Way? Surely Ferguson is more suited to Alex Ferguson Cross. Or Sir Alex Ferguson Passage. Or how about  Sir Alex Ferguson Trail, a track of tears, beaten opponents (Kenny Dalglish, Kevin Keegan, Roberto Mancini and many more), banned journalists, vanquished nations, abused match officials and even entire nations slighted: “When an Italian tells me it’s pasta on the plate, I check under the sauce to make sure”; and  “Typical Germans. It was only a slip, a slight tug at the boy, but they saw the opportunity and forced the referee. The ref wasn’t going to do anything, but they forced him to get a card out”?

A great winner. A terrific tactician. But Ferguson was the man for whom the phrase “incandescent with rage” might have been coined.

PS:  The one great pity was that he never managed England. They’d have named a motorway after him. 

 

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Posted: 14th, October 2013 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Panama’s Critica newspaper repsonds in industrial English to Mexico’s World Cup winner

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THE English language is Britain’s gift to the colonies and the world. Panama’s Critica newspapers is well-versed in English. No other language will do when those Mexicans have defeated Panama in a CONCACAF World Cup qualifier. The  decisive goal in a 2-1 win was a whirling bicycle kick (chilena) from Raul Jiménez.

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Posted: 14th, October 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal’s Theo Walcott only needs to beat Spurs ‘superstar’ Theo Walcott to be a World Cup legend

PA 17884069 Arsenals Theo Walcott only needs to beat Spurs superstar Theo Walcott to be a World Cup legend

HOW good has Spurs’ Andros Townsend become since he scored in England’s 4-1 win over Montenegro?

Tony Cascarino (Times):

I felt for Theo Walcott on Friday, sitting in a TV studio watching his replacement have a great game. Walcott would have wanted Andros Townsend to do well for England — just not too well! It’s a strange mix of feelings when you see your rival excel.

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Posted: 14th, October 2013 | In: Arsenal, Sports, Spurs | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The 20 indignities at English football grounds (featuring Arsenal, Aston Villa, Celtic, Charlton, Fulham, Newcastle, QPR, Spurs and Wolves)

FOOTBALL fans and all decent people everywhere will have been cheered to hear that Fulham Football Club has finally got round to taking down the statue of Michael Jackson that has besmirched Craven Cottage for the past few years. Former owner Mohamed Al Fayed, who erected the statue in 2011, is apparently considering selling it to raise money for charity.

Ground1 The 20 indignities at English football grounds (featuring Arsenal, Aston Villa, Celtic, Charlton, Fulham, Newcastle, QPR, Spurs and Wolves)

Good news for all those who believe that sporting establishments should be treated with respect and dignity.

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Posted: 14th, October 2013 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0