Archive for September 9th, 2008

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Sep
08

Flipping Over Soccer

Fabian Espindola is a striker for Real Salt Lake of the MLS, but I’m sure I didn’t need to tell you that, I mean, it IS a major sports league in the US… Anyways, in a game against the Los Angeles Galaxy the other day during the 6th minute Espindola headed a ball into the net for an apparent goal. Espindola then ran to midfield and did his customary backflip to celebrate. Unfortunately, he didn’t quite nail that landing, instead fracturing his leg. After the game, a contrite Espindola had this to say, “I’m embarassed, I’m never going to do that again. I don’t know what happened. I’ve done it a million times. If I would have known I never would have done it.” Then to add insult, the referee disallowed the goal.

Later in the game, because Espindola wasn’t feeling terrible enough, after scoring a goal for the Galaxy, LA midfielder Bryan Jordan executed his own flip, landing it perfectly.
Espindola, who only just returned last week from another injury that had sidelined him since May 31 is expected to miss another 6 weeks.

09
Sep
08

An Iron-Man Doppelganger

Cal Ripken revolutionized the shortstop position, proving that power hitting, big athletic guys could play a position usually reserved for light-hitting glovemen. Without him, players like A-Rod, Nomar, Jeter, Tulowitzki, hell, even Khalil Greene would never have played at the majors at shortstop, having long been moved to third or the outfield. Tom Colicchio is the head judge on Top Chef, which means he probably gets to blaze with Padma Lakshmi whenever he wants. I would never suggest that the in-his-prime Cal Ripken looks like Colicchio, but the latter day, let-himself-go Ripken clearly likes eating food, and Colicchio makes food! It’s almost too perfect! Please make sure to vote in the poll below to see if these doppelgangers can move on to the magical land of the permanent Doppelganger page here.

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09
Sep
08

My New Quarterback

I’ve been avoiding all things Brady because frankly it makes me want to throw up, but I’m trying to control myself. What was supposed to be another awesome football season is now up in the air. That too can be exciting but until they play again all I’m left with is a bitter, acrid taste in my mouth. Unlike baseball I don’t have as much interest in the larger league beyond the Patriots. I watch whatever game that’s on but I don’t have much if any of a rooting interest except how it relates to the Pats. Living in NYC, this season is going to be that much harder to bear. Sigh. Get well soon Tom. Nonetheless, here’s hoping Matt Cassel, who hasn’t started a game since high school is going to kick ass. In 2001 I remember when Bledsoe went down and it felt like the season was over, so who knows, this too could be an amazing season. I certainly hope so. Anyway, this video is from a charity event held by special teams ace Larry Izzo called Larry-oke and clearly Cassel is a wee bit tipsy in this clip. Let’s go Pats!




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