Archive for the ‘Footy’ Category

You can head over to Ball Don’t Lie for all the details on Steve Nash’s “tryout” with soccer titan Inter Milan if you’d like, because I am too busy trying to reconcile this video with the fact that the last Steve Nash clip I watched was him on Canadian Rap City 20 years ago. Do you think Steve “Enjoy Your Guinness Responsibly” Nash even remembers that Steve “Play Some Craig Mack” Nash was on Canadian Rap City 20 years ago? A lot has happened since then — mostly haircut changes — so it’d be understandable if Soccer Steve doesn’t really recall Rap Steve. We were all so young.

As for the tryout, Steve Nash ran around a lot, occasionally kicked the ball and didn’t score a goal, so I think he’s ready.

(via FTW)

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It seems like just yesterday that we were talking about Nate Robinson deciding to wear No. 10 for the Denver Nuggets because he loves using Lionel Messi in video games. It seems like that because it was indeed yesterday that we were talking about that.

But now we’re going to Paul Harvey this thing to give you the rest of the story, because the real Lionel Messi — not a video game avatar — has finally spoken on the matter. From his real Facebook page:

Hey man, what a great surprise to see you are using the number 10. Welcome to the ‪#‎10Team‬ – Nate Robinson, wishing you the best on your next season with the Nuggets ‪#‎NateBigFan‬

First and foremost, I can’t wait to use #NateBigFan any time the lil’ guy does something awesome next season. Assuming we all don’t forget about this by then, I can see that hashtag getting a lot of play. Good job, Lionel Messi.

And good job internet for making this whole thing possible. The best soccer player in the world is Facebooking about a professional basketball player who decided to wear his jersey number partly because of video games — considering Mark Zuckerberg didn’t single-handedly invent Facebook without any additional help until 2004, this is literally something that could not have happened 10 years ago. Plus, who knows when Nate Robinson got in to FIFA on whatever gaming system he uses? This could have been impossible three weeks ago, for all we know.

Of course, all we need now is to hear from every other diminutive No. 10 in the soccer world to see if they’re OK with Nate breaking in to their fraternity. I’ll get in touch with Wesley Sneijder, someone else get Wayne Rooney on the phone. Tell them it’s a standard hairplug check-in if you have to. We need an answer.

(via Dime)

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The No. 10 in soccer is such a big deal that it gets special mention in a Wikipedia article about playmaking forwards. If you watch footy, I don’t have to explain this for you. And if you hate soccer, you don’t care anyways, so let’s move on.

Because once we move on, we get to talk about Nate Robinson, who was worn single-digit numbers his entire professional playing career, but will now be rocking that famous No. 10 because of another short, shifty guy who Nate loves. From Denver Stiffs:

Robinson on wearing the No. 10 next season in Denver:

Robinson: I usually dig the single digit numbers, but No. 2 is retired. Alex English, great player. He was my coach at predraft camp when I played in Chicago. He was my coach and I averaged like 22 points and 8 assists, something like that, and he was just letting me go. I was like, “Man, it’s a pleasure. You rocked my favorite number.” I knew exactly who he was and I was like, “Man that No. 2, there is something special about it.”

I’m going to change it up and wear No. 10. I’m going to wear it for [Lionel] Messi, that’s my favorite soccer player. I’ve been playing a lot of FIFA lately and watching the games. He’s the best little guy to do it and I’ve got to be the best little guy to do it at No. 10 in the NBA. That’s my goal.

If you’re scoring at home, the Nuggets now employ one guard who wears No. 94 because it is part of the phone number of his hometown overseas and one guard who will wear No. 10 because he likes using a certain soccer player in a video game. And of course, Andre Miller wears No. 24 to honor his birth year. I’m not sure where exactly you should note all this stuff in your souvenir program that you bought for $10 and will forget under your stadium seat, but you should definitely make note of it.

And hey, considering this is already the seventh time in his career that he’ll be picking a number, I guess it’s good to still be able to find new reasons for picking certain numbers. Sure, I’d expect a No. 10 to be a little more distributor-y than Nate Robinson has been in the past, but he also had a 23-point fourth quarter during a playoff game for the Bulls, so he can kind of do no wrong in my eyes. If he wants to wear Lionel Messi’s number because of video games and real games but probably a little bit more because of video games if we’re being honest, then so be it. He can wear No. 1 for all I care.

(via Beyond the Buzzer)

Personally, I’d have liked to have seen his finger guns celebration brought to the soccer pitch, for the debut of some very innovative foot guns. But this is good too.

Also funny — Joakim Noah, who has a French father of Cameroonian descent and a Swedish mother, was playing for the United States team because he is a New Yorker. What a crunchry.

(via SB Nation)

Look like Mr. We’ll Never Get Rid of Flopping, doesn’t want to get rid of flopping anyways. Total red card situation.

(via Reddit)

Nothing like the international language of Beats By Dre headphones to conquer the barrier between American English and British English. Everyone understands deep bass, crystal clear highs and a receiving line for handshakes.

Plus, as one astute YouTube commenter points out, you have to like how Steven Gerrard gives LeBron a “James” Liverpool jersey and gets a “James” Heat jersey in return. Classic LeBron.

(via Dirty Tackle)

This is why you buy a professional sports franchise. Not only is it prestigious and kind of awesome to tell people that you own a team, you also get to stop by their practice and get a workout in whenever you want, which is especially beneficial in a lockout. Who’s going to tell one of the team’s owners they can’t play? Only people who hate paychecks, which is no one.

(via SLAM)