September 14th, 2007
The Friday Fit: Michael Owen
We love us a hard training baller, and Michael Owen has rehabilitated and worked his Newcastle- shirt -wearing, goal-scoring ass off.
Michael’s return to the pitch after several thousand years of injury is so very welcome, especially with his recent form – after the England/Russia game, he joined the exclusive club of those who have scored 40 goals for the country. (No, don’t ask us who the others are. They’re old. And not as cute.)
We’re the first to admit we’re still living in the past of ‘98 and “the wonder goal”. We know we need to move on, but Michael makes us believe that the England squad can actually win something. We’re not going so far as to suggest that England will ever win a damn thing, but Michael keeps our hope alive.
In any case, this is one of our favourite shots of Mr. O, from Ascot 2005. We likey. Perhaps it’s the hat that is doing it for us. Makes him look taller. (You know how we feel about tall, right?) He could almost pass for the towering heights of 5’9” here.
If you’re in the UK, mark the 16th in your telly diary for Sky’s A Year In The Life of Michael Owen. At the very least, you will see some shots of M working out in the gym on his way back to the top, and that’s as good a way to spend a Sunday as we can think of.