January 27th, 2012

Good Week/Bad Week: Grandpas & Great Excuses

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Ekanga Amia of Equatorial Guinea shows the world why the Academy were so wrong to overlook him in the Oscar shortlist. His side went on to beat Senegal 2-1 in the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday.

The day isn’t close to being done but we’re so giddy about today’s preparedness that we’re willing to share our Good Week/Bad Week update with you all early.

You shouldn’t feel special.

GOOD WEEK

Image via Twitter.

Vintage Gunner: Don’t panic, Arsenal fans. Arsene hasn’t responded to criticism over his kids policy by hiring pensioners, regardless of what the re-signing of Thierry Henry might imply. This happy chappy is Robin van Persie’s Grandpappy Wim, who attended the Arsenal vs. United game last weekend as a 91st birthday treat. As well as a photo opp in RvP’s dressing room cubby, Wim also received an on-pitch birthday greeting from his grandson, via a post goal celebration. We loved his response and bet you will too.

Good News For Giroud: Earlier this week we were prompted to throw out a query regarding the marital status of Olivier Giroud, who has been spending a little too much time in our fantasy features lately. While we’re basically gutted that Olivier is apparently happily wifed-up with ‘Jennifer’, it’s a relief to have you guys rescue us from our fact-check fail oblivion.

Skivvies: Hurrah for Sylvie van der Vaart, who has been unveiled as the 2012 model for Dutch lingerie brand Hunkemöller. The company, who claim to be one of the biggest underwear firms in Europe, said their products “connect perfectly to (Sylvie’s) look and person.” Which we think is just a nice way of saying she looks super hot in knickers. You know who also had a go at lacy lingerie this week, but that’s all we’ll say on the matter.

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BAD WEEK

Harry and Jamie discuss the relative merits of Blackberry vs. iPhone. Image: REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett.

Redknapp Revelation: Harry Redknapp has confessed he “…can’t work a computer, (doesn’t) know what an email is… (and has) never sent a fax (or) a text message” during a court case investigation into his personal bank account. Redknapp claims he knew nothing of supposed payments being made because his accountant “runs his life.” On the plus side, at least wife Sandra hasn’t got to worry that he’s been taking pics of himself in the nude, which seems to be the major function of most ‘baller smart phones these days.

Leo Who?: An interesting move from Time magazine, who have Leo Messi representin‘ on the cover of their European, Asian and South Pacific Feb 6th editions, and a plug for a feature about shyness on the US one. Are they being super understanding of the Little Flea’s famed aversion to fuss? Or are the publishers simply afraid that the majority of their readership couldn’t identify the three time Ballon D’Or winner from a hole in the ground?

Keep ‘em Crossed: Fate once again has his wicked way with football this weekend, with the Liverpool vs. Manchester United and QPR vs. Chelsea FA Cup fixtures taking place on Saturday. This will be is the first time the sides have met since the racist incidents that marred their matches earlier in the season and already rumours are abounding about whether JT will be left hanging by Anton Ferdinand, which is becoming something of a habit for the Chelsea man. Hopefully, everyone will behave themselves, but we can’t say we’re optimistic.

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22 Responses to “Good Week/Bad Week: Grandpas & Great Excuses”

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  3. xiao says:

    I'm so pleasantly surprised that TIME put Messi on the cover, as a Barca and Messi fan living in Canada, my heart skipped a beat :P
    I wish they would've put Messi on the US cover too. Educate people a little on the sport, spread its popularity–the sport is beautiful and deserves more love in North America. If you're gonna try to raise the popularity now, Leo Messi is an excellent choice to promote. They're being a bit cowardly here. That photo is great and makes for attention-grabbing cover, i think people would pick it up even if they had no idea who he is.

  4. Chiggs says:

    Quite frankly, I think everyone would be surprised by how much the sport has grown in the US over the past couple of years. And, yes, I'd even go as far as saying that the majority of American sports fans would at least be familiar with his name (although it might take several moments of deep thought for them to recall exactly why they knew his name). Perhaps I'm being too optimistic here or I just happen to live in a part of the country (Northeast/East Coast) that has embraced the game more than others. Either way, I'm sure that the general public in the US would prefer the cover with Messi, regardless of whether or not they know who he is, because… well… just look at the two covers… one's incredibly dull looking, while the other is definitely way more intriguing. I just wish Time magazine would at least give you the option of buying the version with Messi on the front. But, noooo. I went to their website and it looks like I can only order the boring version =(

    Also, I found this picture when I was looking at their website and, I have to admit, I definitely felt some pride knowing that these girls were able to get football on the cover of Time magazine before the guys managed to make the cover.
    http://www.time.com/time/covers/0,16641,19990719,…

    • DebS says:

      Yes the sport has grown but at least in my area, pretty much anyone who's not of Latino descent wouldn't have a clue. Luckily, there are a lot of Latinos in the Chicago area so I occasionally run into a fellow football fan that knows about international football.

      I remember my sister commenting about seeing one of Ronaldo's golazos from last season being shown on the news. She had no idea who he was. Her comment was along the lines of it's a fantastic goal but she couldn't remember the guy's name. doh! This after watching her niece play soccer from kindergarten through high school, including travel teams. She still thinks soccer is "boring".

  5. Catie2838 says:

    Before I rant, RVP's grandpa is so cute and that was all so sweet :)

    Begin rant: Time magazine drives me nuts with this. They did the same thing when covering the Egyptian revolution, and put "Why Anxiety Is Good For You" on the cover instead: http://tinyurl.com/6rmyaex

    The U.S. may be a bit behind in football, but I don't think that's any reason not to put Leo Messi on the cover. Indeed I think people would pick it up out of curiosity.

    • DebS says:

      Yes, we are a pathetic lot when it comes to soccer. Ever try finding a soccer magazine in a US store? Nonexistent. I went into a book store and asked if the had Fernando Torres or CR7's books and they had no idea who I was talking about. smh

      • Catie2838 says:

        I even find that weird. There is a market for these things. I mean, it's not crazy large, but I would venture to say that these items would not sit on a shelf collecting dust. Oh well. At least we have Amazon.

  6. Kristina says:

    RVP's grandad is so cute!

    And I must say that the editors of Time are being cowards! I can understand that a football player, even if it is Messi, is perhaps not as well known in the US as in…everywhere else in the world, but can't they challenge their readers? Educate them a little? I've read so many comments from Americans that are disappointed about this.

  7. LizzyHS90 says:

    Olivier's wife is really pretty but not as pretty has I had pictured her in my mind. He is so hot, I was thinking a Gisele, Marissa Miller Adriana look-a-like.

  8. mata says:

    Loved that picture of Wim's reaction to RVP's tribute, I can even see a family resemblance (the same big grin)! RVP is such a joy to watch, getting very worried about rumours that he might leave :-(

  9. Natalie says:

    In US no one knows who messi is as it is not even called football, it is soccer. Football is the monstrosity of Super Bowl
    They just don't want to lose readers over a sport they don't even count as sport

  10. ChefDi says:

    I have to see that US issue of TIME Magazine … can't wait to see what they say and yes, speaking for at least a lot of Americans, they do not know our boy nor how incredibly special he is :-(

    I take it upon myself to educate the masses as often as possible :-)

  11. IrishBlue says:

    Grandad Wim looks so proud and who could blame him, having RVP has your grandson!

  12. Mercy says:

    Kickette Xavi and Pedro were pantless again!

  13. _Titi_ says:

    How in the world does a man who looks like Harry Redknapp father someone like Jamie Redknapp. My mind can't comprehend.