If you thought England was the home to the biggest Liverpool fans in the world, Mr. and Mrs. Han may change your mind. Liverpool fans are everywhere — even Singapore. As you can see from the video above that Dirty Tackle passed along, the newly-married Mr. and Mrs. Han are about as hardcore as they come. If they weren’t there’s no way they would have thrown down that hard for their wedding and decked themselves and their bridal party out in head-to-toe Liverpool red.
“We are Liverpool fans living in Singapore some 6823.5 Miles from the city of Liverpool,” the couple wrote on their YouTube video according to 101 Goals. “In late 2001, (through) our support for our beloved team, we met each other @ Official Liverpool FC Fanclub Singapore Branch. What (followed) was a courtship unlike other couples. Our dates were watching Liverpool FC together every weekend. Everywhere we go, we were dressed up in identical LFC tops…”
Then came the most diehard Liverpool wedding you’ll ever see and they all lived happily ever after. Your move, lady with the Manchester United wedding dress.
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As one friend told me, signing Peyton Manning was the perfect “get out of Tebow free” card for the Broncos. Between Elway refusing to name Tim Tebow the team’s franchise quarterback for most of the season, and John Fox saying Tebow would be screwed in a normal offense, it was pretty clear Denver had reservations about Timmy. Signing Manning allowed them to get out of the situation because they now plan to trade him.
Many people have been wondering what Tim Tebow thinks about being bumped out by the Broncos. Elway answered that as well as possible during the team’s press conference introducing Peyton Manning Tuesday.
“Obviously he was disappointed, I’m sure he was disappointed,” Elway said. “He didn’t come out and say he was disappointed. I think it was a typical Tim Tebow response in that he was very positive and he said ‘Well, we’re talking about Peyton Manning … and I understand exactly what you’re doing.’ The response was exactly what we know of Tim, and that is being very very positive.”
Professional athletes tend to eat out a lot. Since they are constantly on the move and can usually afford takeout and restaurants on a regular basis, it makes perfect sense. What we don’t take into consideration is that eating out may also be a safety mechanism. As Vancouver Whitecaps striker Darren Mattocks proved over the weekend, cooking can be dangerous.
According to the CBC, Mattocks was admitted to a hospital on Sunday after suffering burns to his upper arm and right shoulder while cooking. How did this happen? Your guess is as good as ours.
“It was an unfortunate accident, but Darren is handling everything well and remains in good spirits,” Whitecap coach Martin Rennie said in a release. “We will have a better understanding on the recovery time and course of action later in the week, but we fully anticipate Darren to make a complete recovery in due time.”
Was it the door of the oven? Did a pot of hot water go flying through the air and hit his arm? I could see a burn on the hand or lower arm, but this one is a head-scratcher. At least when that dude from Werder Bremen hurt his knee playing with his dog the physicality of the injury made sense.
H/T Dirty Tackle
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And the ice skate strikes again. The gentleman you see in the photo above is Ryan Duncan, the 2007 Hobey Baker Award winner at the University of North Dakota and current member of the Portland Pirates — a Phoenix Coyotes’ AHL affiliate. Duncan took a skate to the face in overtime on Sunday afternoon and needed 45 stitches to correct the damage.
Looks like the doctors did a decent job of putting his face back together. The photo was tweeted by Duncan himself with the following message: “Skate to the face last night. 4 and a half hours getting repaired. 45 stitches. #whysoserious.”
Spoken like a true hockey player. The stitches and scar Taylor Hall were left with a couple months ago were a little more Frankensteinish, but there’s something about the slit nostril that makes me cringe every time I see it. We didn’t get a chance to see Duncan before he was stitched up, but let’s just hope his nose wasn’t quite as bad as Darryl’s Boyce’s.
Thanks to Puck Daddy for sharing the picture
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As expected, a number of Dolphins fans gathered to protest on Tuesday outside the team’s training facility in Davie, Fla. The brown paper bags were out and — unsurprisingly — general manager Jeff Ireland was the target of most of the criticism from the various signs and chants. As Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post shared with us on Twitter, some of the signs included “Toot to give Ireland the boot” and “Stop the circus, Ireland must go.” Some fans even took the opportunity to let the team know they have no interest in settling for Tim Tebow, as evidenced by a sign that simply read “No Tebow.” At the moment, it doesn’t appear anyone arranged for a “Fire Jeff Ireland” banner flyover. Here are a couple more pictures that Volin passed along:
Chelsea’s Jacob Mellis dismissed from team after admitting he set off a smoke grenade at training facility
When you think about athletes pulling pranks, harmless stuff usually comes to mind. Whether it be changing someone’s at-bat music or lighting their shoe on fire, guys usually settle for a cheap laugh or two. Not Chelsea midfielder Jacob Mellis, who decided he wanted to either go big or go home. He ended up doing both. According to the Daily Mail, Mellis was dismissed from the team this week after admitting he was behind the smoke bomb incident at Chelsea’s practice facility a couple weeks ago.
On March 3, Chelsea launched an investigation a day after a smoke grenade went off at their training complex. A number of players and coaches from youth teams and academies were forced to flee the locker rooms after a thick cloud of smoke filled the facility. The investigation was described as an “internal matter” at the time.
Mellis is no longer welcome on the team and teammate Billy Clifford is facing a fine after admitting he brought the grenade into the facility. Not to sound like the principle or anything, but how two full-grown adults could think something like that is a good idea baffles me. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t know someone who threw a stink bomb or two down the hallway back in high school, but clearing out an arena with a smoke grenade seems like a bit much.
H/T Dirty Tackle
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When the Celtics assembled the Big Three back in 2007, the health of Ray Allen was a major concern. Allen was coming off double ankle surgery and was the oldest of the new trio. Since his game relies on making cuts and coming off screens, critics wondered if the move would pan out for the C’s. It did, and now you could argue that he looks fresher and younger than Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, with K.G. looking hobbled ever since hurting his knee and Pierce showing a little less burst than he used to.
At age 36, Allen says his recent success can be attributed to a shoe switch back in 2010.
“My feet were always hurting,” he told CSNNE.com on Sunday. “I was at shootaround in Detroit two years ago, I was running through it, and when I got back to the bus, it was just like the shoes, my orthotics – I called over to Nike and said, ‘The next shoe allotment, send it to me in 15s.’ I’ve been a 15 ever since.
“Down in my ankles, I need that blood to flow. Sometimes if the shoe’s too tight, you just feel pressure on your feet. It just doesn’t restrict my feet as much. My feet can breathe.”
When he entered the league in 1996, Allen was wearing a size 13. He has since jumped up two sizes and has become the NBA’s all-time leader in three-pointers made. In this his 16th season, Allen is shooting a career-best 45.9 percent from beyond the arc. If Ray Ray decides to move up to a size 16 in the next couple of years, he just might make it into his mid-40s.
H/T Ball Don’t Lie
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If Patriots fans are looking for an excuse as to why the Giants’ pass rush was able to dominate New England’s offensive line in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl, Logan Mankins has provided them with a decent one. Before you rip me apart for being a Giants hater, I’m not saying it is an excuse and the Patriots would have won otherwise, but it certainly didn’t help. According to ESPNBoston.com, Mankins recently underwent surgery to repair the torn ACL that he played on during the Super Bowl.
It is likely that Mankins suffered the injury during a Dec. 24 win over the Dolphins. At the time, it was believed to be a sprained MCL and concern started to build about Mankins’ availability for the playoffs. Either a later hit caused more damage to the knee, or Mankins had actually suffered a small tear in his ACL. Had his ACL been fully torn, Logan would not have been able to play.
New York’s pass rush dominates New England’s line every time the two teams meet, so we’ll never know if a healthy Mankins could have changed the outcome of the game. As is the case with any Super Bowl match-up, both teams were dealing with a number of injuries heading into the game. However, the revelation does say a lot about Mankins’ toughness. He had to have been playing through a great deal of pain, and it’s amazing that he was able to be effective despite the injury. That toughness is one of the many reasons the Patriots gave Mankins a huge payday last season that will keep him with the team for years to come.
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While Peyton Manning is set to get a boat load of money from the Broncos — reportedly in the neighborhood of five years, $95 million — it would be tough to imagine his decision was monetary based. Given his injury history, signing Peyton to that type of contract is a risk. Given his Hall of Fame resume, it’s a no-brainer. If the Titans, Niners, or Dolphins lost out on Manning because of money, shame on them.
Some Titans fans do not feel that way. Understandably upset by being led on and let down, a group of Titans fans decided to make a spinoff of a popular Cee Lo Green song and direct it at Peyton. In their eyes, he’s a greedy s.o.b. who simply went to the highest bidder. Check out this clip that Outkick the Coverage shared with us. The language in the song is obviously very NSFW:
When Allen Iverson and his estranged wife Tawanna split back in June of 2011, Tawanna told TMZ that their divorce had “nothing to do with another woman.” It appears she has changed her mind. The two have yet to finalize the divorce, so a settlement still needs to be reached. For whatever reason, Tawanna has now reportedly decided that she wants a list of all the women A.I. slept with while they were married.
But Tawanna has changed her tune and earlier this month filed documents requesting A.I. “give the name and telephone number of every person other than your spouse whom you have had sexual relations and/or intimate physical contact from the date of the marriage to the date of trial.”
It’s unclear why Tawanna is requesting the list … but it’s most likely a power play to make Iverson look bad … in an effort to push a favorable settlement as quickly as possible.
As TMZ mentioned, this has to be a ploy to make Iverson look bad so Tawanna gets a favorable ruling. Last summer, she said she was filing for divorce simply because “sometimes people grow apart.” Now all of a sudden she’s asking for The List. Perhaps Tawanna never knew about Iverson’s secret $35 million account and has decided she wants a piece of the pie. On a side note, how on earth would someone prove whether or not a person is telling the truth when they put together a list of their sexual partners?