Archive for the ‘Soccer’ 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.

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As the saying goes, winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing. I am pretty sure Alexander the Great said that, but no one knows for sure. The interpretation has been lost through the ages. Nonetheless, for professional athletes, the sentiment remains true — winning is the best, even just for the sake of winning.

But sometimes, what comes along with winning is even better than just winning. Case in point, LeBron James’ promise to the English soccer team he co-owns, Liverpool FC, should they win the Barclays Premier League. From the Daily Mail:

NBA superstar LeBron James has handed Liverpool players a huge incentive to get their season on track and land silverware this season: a massive party in Las Vegas. [...]

James has vowed to give the players a lavish party they will never forget in Sin City, co-hosted by his pal, rap star Kanye West.

LeBron told The Sun: ‘I spent some time with Steven Gerrard and he is passionate about his team.

‘Everybody in sport needs incentive and if the guys at Liverpool win something this year I will give them the best weekend of their life in Vegas.

‘Kanye is in and trust me, nobody does Vegas like LeBron and Kanye.’

LeBron added: ‘We will take them to places in Vegas 99 per cent of people don’t even know exist. There is Vegas and then there is Vegas.’

Everything about this is great. Bringing Kanye West along, LeBron assuming that the most perfect incentive imaginable is getting to hang out with him and his rapper friend in Vegas, the idea of an underground super Vegas that you’re not even allowed to talk about in Vegas, LeBron kind of admitting that you need something else besides just the championship — all of it.

But most of all, the “Nobody does Vegas like LeBron and Kanye” line lets us reminisce about LeBron’s famous Vegas trip. You know, this one.

Bottle after bottle of “Ace of Spades” champagne is delivered to the table by a waiter flying down from above the dance floor like some overgrown Peter Pan on a wire. One time he’s dressed like a King, another time as Indiana Jones and another in a replica of James’ No. 6 Miami Heat jersey.

James, who can hardly see the flying figure through his tinted glasses, almost gets kicked in the head on the waiter’s last trip down. He looks at the girls around him and says, “I wish they’d have one of these girls with no panties do that instead of the guy.”

If that’s not incentive to bring home a crowned trophy, I don’t know what is. Between this and LeBron giving everybody headphones, these guys must be extra motivated.

Unfortunately, Liverpool is kind of doing terrible. And by “kind of,” I mean “big-time.” They’re currently in next-to-last place, notching only a single point through the season’s first three games, while already tallying a goal differential of minus-5. And that’s coming off their worst finish (eighth) in 18 years which directly led to the club losing their adidas sponsorship. So if there’s ever a team that could use a Vegas trip with LeBron, it’s probably Liverpool. But also, pretty safe bet from LeBron that he won’t actually show them his secret Vegas party zones.

It’s the best of both worlds for LeBron. If the Reds win, he gets to party in Vegas. If they don’t, he gets to keep his money and his secrets. Smart.

UPDATE: One of LeBron’s PR guys denies this happened and that LeBron’s party promise is “total bs British tabloid stuff.” Which is fine, since Liverpool isn’t winning the Premier League anyways. Oh well. I guess we’ll never know if those secret Vegas spots really exist or not.

(via I Am a GM)