Perhaps Derrick Rose served as something of an inspiration for one member of the World Cup-winning France squad.
During a Fox Sports interview with midfielder Paul Pogba, French teammate Antoine Griezmann wandered into the shot and was given an opportunity to deliver a message in English. The forward, who scored in the final, went with a simple one: he just loves Derrick Rose.
Shoutout to Derrick Rose pic.twitter.com/j8ngaKbHch
— Bulls Talk (@NBCSBulls) July 16, 2018
There is no elaborate backstory. The simple explanation is that Griezmann is a huge NBA fan and has long counted Rose as one of his favorite players.
— Antoine Griezmann (@AntoGriezmann) June 22, 2016
Rose has had a rough couple years, but they’ve inspired him to prove his doubters wrong. Griezmann is very clearly not one of those doubters.
Real Salt Lake coach Mike Petke is apologizing for a profane rant that he went on following a loss to Minnesota United on Saturday.
Petke’s side fell by the final of 3-2 in what was their 20th match of the MLS season, and he went off afterwards as he addressed reporters. The expletive-laden episode saw the 42-year-old ripping what he saw as uneven officiating (including the use of the video assistant referee or VAR) before daring the league and executive Jeff Agoos to fine him.
WATCH: Real Salt Lake coach Mike Petke did not hide his frustrations following his side's loss to Minnesota United!
We suspect there will be a fine coming his way… pic.twitter.com/jyUOoN2vAC
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 15, 2018
On Sunday, Petke took to Twitter to apologize publicly for the tirade, calling it “uncalled for and immature.”
After 0 hours sleep last night and a long day, I have re-examined my comments after the game and I feel an apology is in order so here it is. I apologize to my organization, MLS, the supporters all around the league and my family FOR CURSING on air.
— @petkemike (@petkemike) July 16, 2018
That was uncalled for and immature of me. It was in the heat of the moment and I will try not to let it happen again, no matter how worked up I get
— @petkemike (@petkemike) July 16, 2018
Petke, a former player who previously managed the New York Red Bulls and was just hired by Real Salt Lake in March, is known for his fiery approach to the game.
While the league will almost assuredly take Petke up on the offer to fine him, at least this wasn’t as bad as another soccer coach’s incident with the media.
- Mike Petke
Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic was not happy after France were awarded a critical penalty in the first half of the World Cup Final.
With the game tied at one late in the first half, Argentine referee Nestor Pitana used VAR to award a controversial handball penalty against Croatia. Pitana judged that Croatia’s Ivan Perisic intentionally handled the ball in the box, awarding the penalty that ultimately made it 2-1 to France.
— Steven Bartlett (@SteveBartlettSC) July 15, 2018
After the match, Dalic gave credit to France, but made clear that he felt the penalty award was ridiculous.
#cro coach Zlatko Dalic to @ben_rumsby on penalty given by VAR: "I never comment on refereeing but let me say one sentence: in a World Cup Final you do not give that kind of penalty. But it in no way diminishes #fra's win."
— James Olley (@JamesOlley) July 15, 2018
VAR has definitely had an impact on the World Cup. Many would argue that, rightly or wrongly, it had a huge impact on the outcome of this match as well.
FOX’s World Cup coverage ended somewhat awkwardly, with what should have been an iconic shot of France lifting the trophy going somewhat awry.
After French captain Hugo Lloris was handed the trophy, FOX cut to a wide shot to capture the entire group of players celebrating their 4-2 victory over Croatia. There was just one problem: almost immediately after cutting to the shot, three men made it impossible for viewers to see what was going on.
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) July 15, 2018
The image of the World Cup winners lifting the trophy is an iconic one every time, and FOX will not be happy that their view of it was spoiled here. It wasn’t even FOX’s only gaffe of the broadcast, though the other one may not have been their fault.
This was the first time FOX Sports televised the World Cup, and their coverage wasn’t always popular with fans. Just about missing the trophy lift isn’t going to silence critics.
France have officially been crowned the kings of the soccer world, and the most powerful man in their nation is as excited as anyone about it.
Following his team’s 4-2 win over Croatia in the World Cup final on Sunday, French president Emmanuel Macron was so elated that he jumped onto a table and threw his arms in the air.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 15, 2018
After the match, Macron headed down to the field to individually congratulate all of the players. He clearly didn’t mind the pouring rain after the skies opened up in Russia.
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) July 15, 2018
We also saw some tremendous displays of sportsmanship from Macron and Croatia president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović.
— Maiza Hameed (@MaizaHameed) July 15, 2018
In a game that featured everything from remarkable goals to one of the worst goalkeeping blunders you will ever see, Macron’s unmatched enthusiasm was a fitting end.
- World Cup 2018
France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris made some remarkable saves throughout the World Cup, but he made one of the most embarrassing blunders during the final match against Croatia on Sunday. Fortunately, France had a sizable lead at the time.
Lloris received a pass from one of his teammates roughly halfway through the second half, and he tried to dribble around a Croatian attacker rather than simply booting it away. Let’s just say it did not go well.
Oh no Hugo Lloris, what is you doing? pic.twitter.com/ui8g6ZOiPp
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 15, 2018
That was about as bad of a blunder as you’ll see, and all of the good things Lloris had done to that point would have been forgotten if France didn’t have a three-goal lead.
Huge Lloris with a major gaff to give Croatia a little life, France still up 4-2 pic.twitter.com/8ro3zt28TD
— The Sports Quotient (@SportsQuotient) July 15, 2018
Karius "I made a huge mistake in the biggest game in club football. Nobody will top it this year".
— Raphael Wilson (@089968Raph) July 15, 2018
Thats another HUGE Lloris mistake#WorldCupFinal2018
— Javteshwar Singh (@Javteshwar99) July 15, 2018
Huge Lloris: Hold my beer pic.twitter.com/WFcrWuQDwW
— Ciaran Howley (@CiaranHowley) July 15, 2018
It should be noted that Lloris made arguably the best save of the entire World Cup to help France advance to the final, so he deserves credit for that. Either way, he’d love to have his error from Sunday back.
The first half of the World Cup Final on Sunday featured about as much action as possible, and some fans were furious that they were forced to miss a small portion of it due to a broadcasting error.
In the 40th minute of play between Croatia and France, Xfinity customers had their broadcast of the game cut out for a commercial. That’s not supposed to happen in the middle of a half during a soccer match, and fans went ballistic on Twitter:
Fox cut off World Cup final to show #xfinity commercial It said “future is awesome”, but what about present!!
— Dillip Nath (@realdillip) July 15, 2018
— Leah Leier (@LeahLeier) July 15, 2018
When Fox goes to a commercial in the middle of the World Cup Final pic.twitter.com/2sf7BkLwDA
— Masshole (@MasshoIe) July 15, 2018
If someone had just scored during that random commercial I think my dad would’ve punched the TV
— Abby Salvadore (@Slackadore42) July 15, 2018
— Mark F. #SaveTimeless (@mfuery38) July 15, 2018
WHY DID FOX GO TO COMMERCIAL????? pic.twitter.com/jA8VPYMBOj
— John Lovett (@jlove1982) July 15, 2018
France were leading 2-1 at the time. Their first goal came by way of an own goal, and the second was on a penalty kick that was awarded due to a handball in the box. Sandwiched between France’s two goals was a laser from Croatia to tie the score at 1-1, so you can understand why viewers didn’t want to miss any of the action.