Archive for January 21st, 2009

21
Jan
09

Parrot Stops Soccer Game Cold

We saw recently NBA players get distracted and disoriented by a whistle from the crowd, but during a soccer game in England a similar situation was taken in quite a different direction. While contending for the Hertfordshire Senior Centenary Trophy, which I’m sure is VERY prestigious, the game kept stopping and starting due to a whistle that turned out to be coming from the crowd. This time it wasn’t a fan blowing a whistle though, but a parrot!

Before the game began, the bird had already attracted attention when its owner brought it, in a cage, to the game. During the first half it remained quiet and there were no incidents. However, about 10 minutes into the second half, as Hatfield Town and Hertford Heath continued to battle out on the pitch, the bird started mimicking the ref’s whistle, leading to mass confusion on the field. Ultimately, the game was paused and the woman, and bird, were ejected from the stadium.

The man most affected, referee Gary Bailey had this to say after the game:

I’ve never known anything like it in my football career. It was a big game and there were quite a lot of people there. This woman was standing right by the touchline and suddenly unveiled a big cage with this big green parrot in it. I didn’t mind at first. But then every time I blew my whistle the bird made exactly the same sound. The players all stopped so I had to ask her to move the parrot. It was bizarre. The crowd were all laughing. Looking back I should have made far more of it and got out my red card to show to the parrot.

[The Telegraph]

21
Jan
09

A Note

Today we here at the Slanch Report had our 400,000 reader, all since March. I want to thank everyone for reading and hope that you will continue and keep telling your friends. Or if it has been 3 people just constantly reloading the page and changing IP addresses, I thank you for your dedication. So keep coming back and I’ll keep bringing you fun stuff.

Most importantly, pitchers and catchers report in 21 days!

21
Jan
09

Teen Wolf Kicks are AWESOME

In an effort to make me buy their shoes over my preferred New Balances, Nike has released a new limited edition series of shoes called the Nike Media pack inspired by the movies Teen Wolf, Hoosiers and White Men Can’t Jump. While the WMCJ and Hoosiers ones are alright, they aren’t anything super awesome, but it is the Teen Wolf ones that stole my heart. Featuring a fur lined outside AND a fur insole they are simply dope, not to mention Stilesing styling in the Beavers’ team colors.

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Oh man, those are SO AWESOME! I WANT I WANT I WANT I WANT I WANT!

The shoes are going to be available in limited supply exclusively at the House of Hoops locations in NYC, LA and Chicago. To anyone reading out there who wants to make my otherwise depressingly sad life better, these would make a delightful pick-me-up. I wear a size 10.

[The Sporting News]

21
Jan
09

Neat!

I don’t have much else to say other than this photo of Roger Federer at the Australian Open is really awesome. So, yeah, enjoy!

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21
Jan
09

Ram It All Night!

Unfortunately, in this new era of invasive internet media and the blogosphere there is simply no way that teams will make embarrassingly awful rap videos anymore. It’s a huge shame, because the sheer comedic value of these videos far outweighs anything else. Take for instance this incredibly erotic Los Angeles Rams video from the early 80s. I don’t know who was the smart person who thought this video needed to be made, but goddamn am I glad they did. This video is simply amazing, not to mention incredibly bizarre. Why does a football team want to “Ram it all night long?” I’d think they’d get tired. Unless they mean something else… Make sure you pay attention to #21, he really puts his all into the performance.

[The Airing of Grievances]

21
Jan
09

And He’s Off… And He’s Off…Hello?

At the Parallel Giant Slalom event at the Snowboard World Championship in Hoengseong, South Korea, Tyler Jewell was prepared to start his run but ran into a small problem, the gate wouldn’t open. When the American snowboarder tried to start his run, the gates failed to open and instead of flying down the slope, he was instead flipped ass over tea kettle and embarrassingly fell onto the snow. Fortunately, Jewell was able to get another chance and this time the gates opened properly, allowing him to finish with a robust 10th place standing.

[Daily Mail]

Also, whaddya guys think of my animated gif skills eh? Pretty fancy!

21
Jan
09

Goalie Really Knows How to Earn His Money

The New York Islanders made headlines several years ago when they signed goalie Rick DiPietro to a record 15-year, $67.5 million contract. Three years into the deal, and as most prognosticators said then, the deal looks like a giant mistake. After playing in only 5 games this season, DiPietro is unable to continue trying to play and will face season-ending surgery on his injured knee.

Last season also ended early for DiPietro who required hip surgery, seeing his season come to a close in March. With this, the third year of the contract, thus far, the Islanders haven’t been able to keep DiPietro on the ice and playing, making his ridiculous contract look all the more outrageous. Especially when you consider that, while solid, DiPietro has never been a truly elite goaltender who would deserve such a contract…

[TSN]




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