German Players Play Rock, Paper, Scissors to Pick Penalty Kick Shooter (Video)

Remember when you were a kid and you were on a team that was 100 times better than your opponent?  During some of those games, you and your friends may have found yourselves trying to share the wealth.  If you were up 40 points in a basketball game, you might keep feeding the ball or puck to someone who hasn’t scored yet.  One thing you probably never did, however, was play rock, paper, scissors to determine who takes a penalty kick.  Believe it or not, a German professional soccer team has done that.

With a 3-0 lead over the Cologne in the 47th minute of a match on Friday, Gladbach was awarded a penalty kick.  Apparently strikers Marco Reus and Mike Hanke both wanted to take the kick, so they decided to settle it with a game that is globally accepted as a 100 percent fair way of doing things.  Check out this video that Dirty Tackle shared with us:

While that could be seen as showing up your opponent, fair is fair.  If both guys want to take a penalty kick RPSing for it is one of the quickest and most efficient ways to pick a shooter.  I can’t in good conscience say I blame them.

Angry Sporting Fans Light Section of Soccer Stadium on Fire After Loss (Video)

Sometimes when a team loses a tough game, fans just react.  Whether you’re watching the game on TV and you break something in your house or you get into a fight outside the stadium, sometimes rash decisions can come with serious consequences.  It’s best to try to control your temper after something unfortunate happens to your team and tell yourself, “it’s only a game.”

As you all know, soccer fans can be some of the most dramatic in the world when it comes to supporting their teams.  Whether it’s bringing a dead body to a game, trying to run a ref over, or punching a player in the face, their behavior is often regrettable.  That’s why we want to take this time to commend the group of Sporting fans who reacted rationally after Sporting lost 1-0 to Benfica over the weekend.  All they did was set their section of Benfica’s stadium on fire.  Here is a video of the blaze that Dirty Tackle passed along:

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Hope Solo Says Dancing With the Stars Showed Her in Poor Light, Told Her She Had ‘Too Much Muscle’

Unlike many other professional athletes before her, Hope Solo did not enjoy her time on Dancing With the Stars. She may try to sugarcoat it so that she doesn’t sound too bitter, but anyone can see by Hope’s recollections and reflections that it was not exactly a high point in her life.  As she explained to Anderson Cooper on his show, Anderson, on Tuesday, most of Solo’s frustrations stem from the way in which the show’s producers portrayed her.

“I was very naive going into it,” she explained. “It is very much reality television I think from day one they casted our characters. And we would be rehearsing for seven hours a day. Maks and I were great friends and we had an endearing relationship. The 45 minutes in the whole seven hours that were the most frustrating where I am curing and kicking walls is what America got to see.”

From the start, Solo was upset with the gossip magazines for creating a problem between her and dance partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy that she insists never existed.  She feels as though the angry and frustrated Hope Solo became good television, and that’s why that’s all the audience was shown.  Not only that, but the judges were critical of her from the start.

“I was told I had too much muscle and I was too intense and wasn’t dainty,” Solo said.

PICTURES: Hope Solo naked in The Body issue

Needless to say, appearing on DWTS appears to be a “live and learn” type experience for the U.S. women’s goalie.  With the World Cup qualifiers around the corner, it’s safe to say she’s ready to put reality TV behind her and focus on those who appreciate her intensity and muscle.  Here is the full interview between Hope and Anderson Cooper, courtesy of Examiner.com:

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Brian Ching Would Rather Retire than Play for MLS Team Montreal Impact

Expansion drafts can be tough for a player. No expansion team is ever good right from the start, so why would you want to leave your team to play for a brand new one with no following and no reputation? Unfortunately, a player sometimes has no choice.  Unless, of course, you threaten to retire like soccer player Brian Ching.

Ching, the Houston Dynamo’s all-time leading scorer, was chosen by the Montreal Impact with the first pick in the MLS expansion draft on Wednesday.  According to the Houston Chronicle, Ching had said prior to the draft that he would retire and work in the Dynamo’s front office is Montreal selected him.

The reason is Montreal’s coach, Jesse Marsch.  Marsch was one of the assistant coaches for Bob Bradley’s 2010 U.S. World Cup team and Ching was one of the last cuts before the team made its trip to South Africa.  Ching insists he would never play for anyone other than Houston coach Dominic Kinnear, but Kinnear chose not to give him the off-limits label heading into the expansion draft.

“I’m very surprised he was selected and very sad,” Kinnear said. “This was a chance we took in leaving him unprotected, and obviously, our gamble didn’t pay off.”

Now, there is nothing left for Ching to do but pray for a trade, suck it up and get over it, or hang his cleats up before he was ready.

via Fark

Arsenal Goalie Wojciech Szczesny Busted for Trying to Cheat on Girlfriend via Twitter

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny tried to pick up a girl via Twitter and the plan backfired. Szczesny apparently sent a message to Elite TV/sometimes nude personality Letesha Collins (pictured above). After learning that Szczesny has a girlfriend, Collins decided to show the soccer player a lesson by making his advance public.

Collins blasted Szczesny with the following tweet (since deleted): “#FF @13Szczesny13 or just give him a call, clearly isn’t too fussed about giving his number out. Have a good FRIDAYYYY.”

She then linked to a picture of the message Szczesny sent her, as seen above. Collins says she’s 21 and an aspiring Glamour model, so maybe that’s where Szczesny’s comment came from. Collins told others on Twitter that she blasted Szczesny because she doesn’t like people cheating on their girlfriends. If he wants to sleep around, that’s fine she says. Just don’t cheat on someone while you’re doing it.

Below is a picture of Wojciech and his girlfriend, and on the right is another picture of Tesha Collins to compare the two ladies:

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England Coach Fabio Capello to Miss Son’s Wedding Because of Friendly with Spain

Of all the things to not be able to get off work for, a wedding has to be one of the worst.  When someone close to you is getting married you have either two choices: Disrespect the bride and groom or disrespect your boss.  Unfortunately for England soccer coach Fabio Capello, he will not be able to miss work to attend his son Pierfilippo’s wedding on Saturday.

According to The Independent, the 36-year-old Pierfilippo is marrying his partner of two years, Tiziana.  England is scheduled to take on Spain in a friendly on Saturday after the match was moved from Friday to give Barcelona players more time to recover from Wednesday night’s Copa del Rey game against L’Hospitalet.  For whatever reason, Capello chose not to tell the proper authorities about his son’s wedding until after the match had already been rescheduled.

For what it’s worth, Pierfilippo insists that his father missing one of the most important days of his life is “absolutely not” an issue.  He said the family has actually gotten a chuckle out of the situation and that Fabio considers the wedding to be more of a formality, since the couple already has two children together.  Here’s hoping Spain wins the match to make it somewhat worthwhile.

Double backflip to stomach slide to Dirty Tackle for passing along the story.

Soccer Player Gabriel Zakuani Names Son ‘Trendy’ … Because of Twitter?

Peterborough defenseman Gabriel Zakuani likes to tweet. Plenty of athletes like to use Twitter to keep up fan relations and stay on top of what is going on in the world of social media, but Zakuani might be a bit too fond of it. When you start naming children after Twitter terminology, the obsession has gone too far. According to The Sun, Zakuani’s wife gave birth to their third child last month — a boy they (he) decided to name Trendy.

“People have asked if his name is because of ‘trending topics’ on Twitter,” Zakuani said when explaining the unique name. “Maybe it was in the back of my mind.”

As The Sun also pointed out, it is believed that Trendy Zakuani is the only person in the world with that first name.  Shocking, isn’t it?  What’s even more surprising is that Gabriel basically tricked his wife, Shanice Petrie, who wanted to name their third child something that is related to her job in fashion.  I suppose Trendy is related to fashion trends in some way, but I doubt she would have agreed to it had she known Gabriel — who picked the name by himself — had Twitter in mind.

We should also note that Gabriel and Shanice have a history or giving their children bizarre names.  When your first two daughters are named Destiny and Heaven, a Twitter-related name for your first son becomes a little less alarming.

H/T to Deadspin for sharing the unfortunate naming disaster.