February 3rd, 2012

Good Week/Bad Week: Babies, Boobies & Brian Dowling

As bromances go, we can’t say we expected this. But ya know what? It might just be mad enough to work… Image: REUTERS/Eddie Keogh.

It’s past 5 o’clock somewhere, Kickettes.

Consider that an explanation for our poor spelling, lack of coherence and just about anything else that’s horribly wrong after the jump.


Mr & Mrs K take a well earned break from the babies at the Australian Open tennis final on 29th January. Image: Scott Barbour/Getty Images.

Daddy Kewell: We mentioned a couple of weeks ago that the gorgeous Kewell fam had welcomed their latest addition, and now delicious Dolly has made her public debut. The babe was pictured taking a light beverage in Daddy’s arms this morning in Melbourne, while Momma Sheree shared pram pushing duties with the other kidlings. If we were ever going to have a ‘Favourite Football Family’ contest, this lot would have to be odds on to win. But then…

Touch Base With Torres: Always wanted to find out what exactly it is that Fernando Torres keeps in his shorts? Ask him whether he too believes that cutting his hair killed his mojo? Now’s your opportunity as the Chelsea striker will be appearing on Chelsea TV’s ‘Friday Night Live’ show shortly and taking viewer questions. Our advice? Keep things nice and friendly if you’re planning on asking him out. And avoid talking about his scoring record.

Fear & Loathing: Joey Barton has blamed the “archaic” attitudes of football managers for the lack of openly gay players in the English professional game. Barton, speaking on a BBC documentary presented by Justin Fashanu‘s niece Amal, said that some individuals still believed that a gay player would cause all kinds of “shenanigans in the dressing room“, and want to prevent that. The QPR midfielder, who has a gay uncle, blames a lack of social awareness for the problem.



Yes, we were surprised too, CBB presenter Brian Dowling. Image: Niki Nikolova/Getty Images.

No, Just Desperate: Horrendous news for those of you who like nothing more than challenging your mind with edifying, intellectual television. Rumours abound that Liverpool’s foray into the dramality genre, ‘Desperate Scousewives’, is going to be axed due to a “lukewarm” viewer response. Having sat through the show ourselves, we’re surprised that Channel 4 committed to a word as strong as ‘lukewarm’.

Big (Bad) Move: Nicola McLean has admitted that going into the Celebrity Big Brother house recently was “the worst decision of her life“. McLean, who is married to former Kettering striker Tom Williams, entered the house to much fanfare alongside de facto WAG Natasha Giggs, but was eliminated after getting involved in a row with Playboy twins Karissa & Kristina Shannon and ‘Loose Women’ presenter and eventual winner Denise Welch. Early reports suggest that no-one cares.

Egypt Riot: Sadly, it appears that the political instability in Egypt has spilled onto the football pitch, with security forces being criticised for the deaths of more than seventy people at the Al-Ahly vs. Al Masry match on Wednesday. Trouble flared when Al Masry shocked the hosts with a 3-1 victory and their fans stormed the pitch, reportedly attacking opposition players and other fans. Three days of mourning has been declared in Egypt and a minute’s silence will be held at the Africa Cup of Nations games this weekend.

Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the deceased and injured.

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16 Responses to “Good Week/Bad Week: Babies, Boobies & Brian Dowling”

  1. Tom James says:

    Adored the article. More studies has proved that eating every couple hours does not really improve your metabolism and hence fat burning. It’s on pubmed and worth checking out. Thanks

  2. jen says:

    Allah yir3hama to all those who died in Egypt.

    On a lighter note, Sheree Murphy just had a baby?? and she looks like that? God bless.

  3. Malia says:

    Kickette, you forgot to say how freaking adorable Cesc was with a bandage around his head on Wednesday night. I could have died from the adorkableness that flows from him.

  4. Monica says:

    My heart goes out to all the people in Egypt. What a horrible thing to happen at a football game.

    • AC_USA says:

      Yes football/soccer whatever you want to call it is supossed to be good and fun and healthy thing. Not something people are going to fight and be killed over. I sometimes feel like the whole sport is going in the wrong direction and I really hope I am wrong :)

  5. Agnes Wonka says:

    Channel 4 doesn't need such a trash show like "Desperate Scousewives". They have great shows like "The I.T Crowd".

  6. mina says:

    Nando was just so cute and beautiful in that Chelsea TV-interview. I wish him best of luck and a lot of goals!

  7. Maja says:

    Joey Barton, you are such a hypocrite! Nando might be good-hearted enough to forgive and forget, but I’m not. For once start
    with the man in the mirror instead of accusing others of being homophobes!

  8. DrStrangelove says:

    Wow, didn't know that Joey Barton's uncle was gay. Kudos to him for speaking out on the issue. Irritated that I missed that documentary though. :/

    Speaking of which, Talksport are having a debate at the end of this month about this. It was billed as topical, because apparently there would be an unspecified something or other happening on that day. Now before anyone jumps in, I'm fully aware that could be, and probably is, just Talksport drumming up interest from nothing particularly significant, but I have to say, I had butterflies in my stomach when I heard that.

    I've long thought that if a top-flight footballer came out, it would be a retired player who wouldn't have to deal with all the career implications that coming out would bring; then maybe other retired gay players would come out as well, and the tolerance and acceptance would build from there. I just can't see a current top-flight player coming out first, it would just be a massive step into the unknown, and I'm sure the tragedy of Justin Fashanu haunts every gay player in Britain.

    On a lighter note, that picture really doesn't do Brian Dowling justice!

    • April says:

      Am I the only one that finds it a bit strange that Joey is the one that they chose to speak on this, and especially given his uncle's sexual preference, that he probably ought to have been a little more considerate of his word choice in that Barton-Torres incident? I mean, I know people spout all kinds of insensitive crap out on the field in a heated moment, but it's just a little off to me that of all the negative word choice he could use, he went for the alleged ones about Torres being a "poof" and all. Oh well, I suppose folks can make mistakes… would be nice if he officially apologized for the behavior as well (if he had and I missed it, call me corrected).

  9. lola says:

    reading through chelsea chat page most now think of him as a very nice humble guy and feel genuinly sorry for his bad luck. just how opinions changed, it's high time his luck changed aswell.

    fingers crossed!

    • FiFi says:

      As a Liverpool fan, I've got to say I definitely agree. Best of luck against Man U, Fernando!

      • Caitlin says:

        You do realise that Chelsea and Arsenal are our strongest competitors for fourth place at the minute?

        And just before everyone starts jumping on me again – no, I do not hate Fernando anymore (don't think I ever did really, was just hurt). I also wish him to rediscover his touch, but I do not want Chelsea to get fourth place – I would like us to.