The Third Shift


  1. theworldsgame:

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores his FOURTH goal of the day against England. From an overhead bicycle kick. From 30 yards away.

    Good Lord, that’s just so fantastic it’s almost a shame it was scored in a friendly.

  2. Honest logos for the Patriots, Cowboys, Giants, and rest of the NFL - Grantland
The Broncos’ “Pray For His Neck” seems rather accurate.

    Honest logos for the Patriots, Cowboys, Giants, and rest of the NFL - Grantland

    The Broncos’ “Pray For His Neck” seems rather accurate.

  3. Jerry Jones probably wipes with $20 bills, so of course he has his own personal glasses-cleaner.
(via mocksession)

    Jerry Jones probably wipes with $20 bills, so of course he has his own personal glasses-cleaner.

    (via mocksession)

  4. the new, really depressing reality of being a Liverpool F.C. fan.

    It’s setting in after realizing the owners’ refusal to go any higher than £4 million for Clint Dempsey resulted in him going to Spurs for £6 million.

    We’re broke, and we’re not good at being broke. We have to learn how to operate on a much lower budget. (Apologies for the dumb trope of referring to one’s rooting interest as “we,” but I find it more effective as a writing tool in this case.)

    We’re paying for the British Player Tax Dalglish and Comolli happily spent when buying up Carroll, Henderson, Adam, and Downing. Jose Enrique and Luis Suarez have arguably been worth what was paid for them. LFC are banking that it might bring £18 mil or so from Carroll if he eventually wants to stay in East London and the Hammers stay up, but that’s still a loss. Adam was sold at a two mil loss to Stoke and I’m still surprised he was wanted. Henderson and Downing have no value after being acquired for completely stupid transfer fees.

    Aside from the occasional buying of a player like Fabio Borini or Joe Allen, LFC are now going to have to lean on the academy — we’ll learn what the kids are made of, which is good — and figure out how to add good players on the cheap. It’s godsmacking how well David Moyes does in the market despite Everton’s well-documented financial trouble, and it’s clear LFC will have to imitate its closest rival in this way.

  5. 
@SoccerByIves: Andres Iniesta wins UEFA player of the season. Cristiano Ronaldo is Not impressed. pic.twitter.com/3ybj1Ee5

Ronaldo has that face on almost all the time. McKayla Maroney probably owes him royalties.
Post from @SoccerByIves on Twitter (via Scope)

    @SoccerByIves: Andres Iniesta wins UEFA player of the season. Cristiano Ronaldo is Not impressed. pic.twitter.com/3ybj1Ee5

    Ronaldo has that face on almost all the time. McKayla Maroney probably owes him royalties.

    Post from @SoccerByIves on Twitter (via Scope)

  6. My favorite Bear story was I sitting in his office one day in Tuscaloosa, and he said, ‘You see that helmet over there? That’s Lee Roy Jordan’s helmet. He was the greatest hitter I ever had. You look at that helmet real close, you’ll see the color of every team we played on there.’

    There was a little orange for Tennessee, a little maroon for Mississippi State.

    I said, ‘Who’s your artist, Bear? I know you all polish the helmets after every game. C’mon.’

    He said, ‘Goddamn sportswriters. It works on recruits.’”

    Sportswriter and author Dan Jenkins on Alabama’s legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, via EDSBS.
  7. Liverpool transfer news: Daniel Sturridge of Chelsea is a target and Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing could be sold to raise funds - Mirror Online
Several reasons why the Mirror is throwing shit to the wall and seeing if it sticks:
Romelu Lukaku is on loan at West Brom. Sturridge is one of two recognized strikers in the squad, the other being Fernando Torres. Ask a Chelsea fan if s/he wants Torres to be the only forward on the roster with the transfer deadline this week.
If Brendan Rodgers thinks he’ll get 15 million pounds from the sales of Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing combined, he’s crazy.
Given some of Sturridge’s brain locks last season (Chelsea fans I follow on Twitter would get livid with his ball-hogging), I doubt he’d play well with Luis Suarez. 
Clint Dempsey would probably be a better fit with this LFC team in a starting XI.
Even if Sturridge was sold and Chelsea money-whipped Hulk or Edinson Cavani in, they’d need another striker.
This is so not happening.

    Liverpool transfer news: Daniel Sturridge of Chelsea is a target and Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing could be sold to raise funds - Mirror Online

    Several reasons why the Mirror is throwing shit to the wall and seeing if it sticks:

    • Romelu Lukaku is on loan at West Brom. Sturridge is one of two recognized strikers in the squad, the other being Fernando Torres. Ask a Chelsea fan if s/he wants Torres to be the only forward on the roster with the transfer deadline this week.
    • If Brendan Rodgers thinks he’ll get 15 million pounds from the sales of Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing combined, he’s crazy.
    • Given some of Sturridge’s brain locks last season (Chelsea fans I follow on Twitter would get livid with his ball-hogging), I doubt he’d play well with Luis Suarez. 
    • Clint Dempsey would probably be a better fit with this LFC team in a starting XI.
    • Even if Sturridge was sold and Chelsea money-whipped Hulk or Edinson Cavani in, they’d need another striker.

    This is so not happening.

  8. Fearless Raheem Sterling shows Liverpool the face of their future | Richard Williams | Football | The Guardian
Joe Allen, Seb Coates, Luis Suarez, and Fabio Borini were big bright spots for the Reds today, but Raheem Sterling is the dude every Liverpool fan wants to see. He merited a starting spot after his work against Hearts in the Europa League on Thursday and already looks a brighter, smarter option on the left than Stewart Downing has in over a year.

    Fearless Raheem Sterling shows Liverpool the face of their future | Richard Williams | Football | The Guardian

    Joe Allen, Seb Coates, Luis Suarez, and Fabio Borini were big bright spots for the Reds today, but Raheem Sterling is the dude every Liverpool fan wants to see. He merited a starting spot after his work against Hearts in the Europa League on Thursday and already looks a brighter, smarter option on the left than Stewart Downing has in over a year.

  9. Thanks to bubbaprog, we have proof DEUCE is a fan of WWE. I mean, that’s a People’s Eyebrow that would bring a tear to the Rock’s eye, jabronis.
(via Oh yes. RT @edsbs Clint Dempsey’s bitchpleaseface right now: STRONG.)

    Thanks to bubbaprog, we have proof DEUCE is a fan of WWE. I mean, that’s a People’s Eyebrow that would bring a tear to the Rock’s eye, jabronis.

    (via Oh yes. RT @edsbs Clint Dempsey’s bitchpleaseface right now: STRONG.)

  10. tovaritching:

    thethirdshift:

    Liverpool want to talk to Brendan Rodgers about manager’s job | Football | The Guardian

    That’s all well and good but after Swansea signed Gylfi Sigurdsson to a full deal, I’m not sure why Rodgers would want to leave. Essentially he has full control of the players and the team and just nailed one of this best players — if not the best — from last season down.

    Let me say that I would be very, very surprised if Brendan Rodgers leaves South Wales for Merseyside. FSG should have interviewed Andre Villas-Boas as well, but it will probably be Roberto Martinez, which I would be more than fine with.

    Too true.

    Gylfi has admitted he only initially came here on loan because of Brendan. He won’t sign if Brendan’s leaving because he doesn’t want a repeat of what happened at Hoffenheim.

    It’s people with big egos - speculation junkies if you will - shortening the odds and people take it in and bam he’s favourite. They don’t call this silly season for no reason.

    And anyway, we are, maybe I’m looking through rose tinted glasses but right now I think that we are actually a better team than Liverpool. It’s too much of a step sideways, or, dare I say it, backwards, for Brendan to go there.

    Right now Swansea is definitely a better footballing side than Liverpool. The Reds went around a lot of last season without a clear philosophy of play outside of “watch Suarez destroy a defender” or “unleash Craig Bellamy late.” FSG don’t have as much money available as Sheikh Mansour or Roman Abramovich (hell, even the Glazers), but it’s not so much a question (to me, biased toward Liverpool as I am) of who’s a better team now, but the highest level each club can reach with its resources — that’s the question every manager probably asks himself when dealing with a big money move.

    Swansea would be thrilled with a Europa League spot. Champions League at this point would be out of the question with what it spends. Liverpool can still spend enough to fund a CL spot challenge — but I would argue FSG must take a page from the Newcastle book and find its Graham Carr, because it’s not going to outspend Chelsea, Man City, or Man United — and a lack of a coherent philosophy leaves it behind Arsene Wenger, who is apparently going to spend this summer and hope he can keep van Persie. 

    The real question for Rodgers re: the Liverpool job is whether he believes he can replicate his work at Swansea at Anfield and do so quickly enough to earn Champions League qualification. It’s really about how high his ambition goes right now. I like his philosophy but I think he would be insane to take the Liverpool job if offered it. He has a better setup right now within its more limited financial parameters, and a lot of the groundwork done at Swansea City is also thanks to Paulo Sousa and Roberto Martinez, the latter being his likely competitor for the LFC job. I see the incentive for Martinez to leave — every year he loses his two or three best players and has to rebuild the squad again with loans to save it from relegation. Loyalty to Dave Whelan can only get you so far; Lancashire clubs have taken a major hit these days.

    But that hasn’t happened at Swansea yet, and board has coughed up the pounds to bring Rodgers’ best player into the squad full-time instead of on loan. Barring some mass exodus of sales, I have no idea why Rodgers would want to leave now. Maybe 2-3 years down the line if the Swans are still up, but not right now.

  11. ☛ Liverpool want to talk to Brendan Rodgers about manager's job | Football | The Guardian

    That’s all well and good but after Swansea signed Gylfi Sigurdsson to a full deal, I’m not sure why Rodgers would want to leave. Essentially he has full control of the players and the team and just nailed one of this best players — if not the best — from last season down.

    Let me say that I would be very, very surprised if Brendan Rodgers leaves South Wales for Merseyside. FSG should have interviewed Andre Villas-Boas as well, but it will probably be Roberto Martinez, which I would be more than fine with.

  12. theworldsgame:

Chelsea take a team photo with their first Champions League trophy. 
That’s the cap of an exceptional 2011/2012 season in European football that has had all the drama of an episode of Game of Thrones, but with the class and elegance of Downton Abbey, but fret not football fans, as Euro 2012 is just around the corner.

I hate you to pieces, Chelsea, but…good for you. Congratulations. Not a soul dyed in anything other than blue thought you were beating Napoli, Barcelona, and Bayern Munich to win the CL. 
However, John Terry and Ashley Cole are still twats.
Well done you Blues. See you next season and I hope your owner fucks it all up by not hiring di Matteo as permanent manager.

    theworldsgame:

    Chelsea take a team photo with their first Champions League trophy.


    That’s the cap of an exceptional 2011/2012 season in European football that has had all the drama of an episode of Game of Thrones, but with the class and elegance of Downton Abbey, but fret not football fans, as Euro 2012 is just around the corner.

    I hate you to pieces, Chelsea, but…good for you. Congratulations. Not a soul dyed in anything other than blue thought you were beating Napoli, Barcelona, and Bayern Munich to win the CL. 

    However, John Terry and Ashley Cole are still twats.

    Well done you Blues. See you next season and I hope your owner fucks it all up by not hiring di Matteo as permanent manager.

  13. theworldsgame:

In just under an hour another important match takes place. It’s certainly not Champions League final important, (it’s more important*) but it’s a game with an estimated £90 million for one of the teams. The NPower Championship playoff final features Blackpool against West Ham. The two former Premiership teams face off to determine who will join Reading and Southampton in the Premier League. A lot of people thought that there was a chance neither team would make it back to the Premier League this year. Blackpool because their talent was going to all get poached, and West Ham because, well, they’re West Ham.
Obviously, both teams managed to keep their wits about them to reach this point. West Ham was in the drivers seat for a lot of the season, but a rough March saw them take just 11 points from nine matches. Blackpool stayed rather consistent, if not unremarkable, this season but still managed to get themselves to this point. 
Blackpool faces a tough test as West Ham beat them quite easily this season, 4-0 and 4-1, but this is one match for everything, meaning that you leave everything on the pitch, so really anything can happen.
As we often do, we ask, WHO YA GOT?
*More important claim according to Sam Allardyce, so I mean…

Come on you Tangerines. The footballing world is better off without Big Sam’s kick-and-rush bushwa in the Premier League and infinitely improved by Ian Holloway press conferences.

    theworldsgame:

    In just under an hour another important match takes place. It’s certainly not Champions League final important, (it’s more important*) but it’s a game with an estimated £90 million for one of the teams. The NPower Championship playoff final features Blackpool against West Ham. The two former Premiership teams face off to determine who will join Reading and Southampton in the Premier League. A lot of people thought that there was a chance neither team would make it back to the Premier League this year. Blackpool because their talent was going to all get poached, and West Ham because, well, they’re West Ham.

    Obviously, both teams managed to keep their wits about them to reach this point. West Ham was in the drivers seat for a lot of the season, but a rough March saw them take just 11 points from nine matches. Blackpool stayed rather consistent, if not unremarkable, this season but still managed to get themselves to this point. 

    Blackpool faces a tough test as West Ham beat them quite easily this season, 4-0 and 4-1, but this is one match for everything, meaning that you leave everything on the pitch, so really anything can happen.

    As we often do, we ask, WHO YA GOT?

    *More important claim according to Sam Allardyce, so I mean…

    Come on you Tangerines. The footballing world is better off without Big Sam’s kick-and-rush bushwa in the Premier League and infinitely improved by Ian Holloway press conferences.

  14. ☛ LFC part company with Dalglish - Liverpool FC

    This had to happen. Another season like this and LFC would have been in the hinterlands and really facing a fight to make its way back. The 2012-13 Premier League season is pretty much make-or-break — otherwise Liverpool is facing a future as Aston Villa. 

    Kenny Dalglish will always be the King to Liverpool fans, but the problem is the squad looked really confused on the field — and some of the players who put in great performances at times would be out of the line-up the next go-round. Others just played out of spots — Henderson never really looked comfortable ever, Downing is the flop of the season.

    Personally I’d like Roberto Martinez or Paul Lambert. These managers have tactical flexibility and understanding that needs to be put in place for this squad to get somewhere.

  15. afootballreport:

    An AFR Giveaway x The EURO 2012 shirt collection from Didi

    16 nations will be represented in Ukraine and Poland at next month’s EURO 2012. Some star players will shine, while others will undoubtedly fall short of their fans’ expectations. Didi made a line of shirts so you can show your support for the Europeans who will represent their respective countries this summer.

    You can get Didi’s shirts here, but we’re also doing a contest to give one away this evening… All you have to do is

    1. Give us your score prediction for tonight’s Europa League final in Bucharest between Athletic Bilbao and Atlético Madrid. 
    2. Include the minute the match-winning goal will be scored in your prediction, which will serve as the competition’s tie-breaker. (120’ = penalty kicks)

    To enter: Either tweet your prediction @AFootballReport, reblog this post with your prediction, or email your prediction to contact [at] afootballreport [dot] com…

    3-2 Bilbao. 79th minute.