March 3rd, 2010
Clever Clogs: Brainy ‘Ballers Amongst Us
Colour us impressed: Burnley captain Clarke Carlisle popped up on Countdown last week. And he won. Twice.
Actually, we shouldn’t have been surprised; Carlisle already holds the title for Britain’s Brainiest Footballer and he described appearing on Countdown as a life long ambition.
(Is this guy really a footballer? Can someone check his ID, please?)
For those not in the know, Frank Lampard’s IQ is Mensa worthy, Aston Villa hottie Nigel Reo Coker has eleven GSCE’s, former Wigan star Arjan de Zeeuw has a degree in Medicine and Cesc Fabregas was having extra tuition in science and maths when he first moved to England.
In fact Clarke isn’t even the first ‘baller to have a shot at Countdown.
Still. We’re torn about cyborg-smart footy players. For example, who out there isn’t attracted to a man that loses count on how many LV bags have been rung up at the till?
And who doesn’t find it a turn on when your man can’t properly convert the Euro when shopping on the Continent and thinks the Balenciaga accessories are dead cheap?
No? Just us then.
What do you reckon Kickettes? Would you rather Yoann spent less time curling those luscious lashes/ planning his underwear for a post-match strip and took up a degree in physics? Could you live with Cristiano’s pecks shriveling because he spent his free time doing equations instead of presses? Hardly.
Of course, it can be argued that being able to read the game, knowing how to get that pass pinpoint accurate or the way to stop your opposition’s superstar forward from playing his natural game is a form of intelligence in itself. In which case, perhaps pro players are all smarter than we give them credit for.
So, in conclusion, we have no idea what we’re talking about. Little help, Lampsy?