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post #106 of 168
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Originally Posted by Saucemaster View Post
Cal and Philly... I'm starting to think maybe I'm the problem.

Though both of the incidents mentioned happened before I was there.

What's a recent instance of incredibly poor sportsmanship by a team's fans? I'd like to know where I'm going to be moving in the next couple years.

Recently there was some press coverage of the abuse directed by U. of Oregon fans toward UCLA center Kevin Love and his family before and during a game. Love went to high school in Oregon, so there were the predictable chants of "traitor" and other stuff that seems like fair game. The fans' ire probably was also stoked by a recycling of comments previously made by Love's dad to the effect that Love might have considered going to U. of O. but coach Ernie Kent had really handled things badly.

Anyway, the chants also included homophobic taunts directed at Love and his dad, and (reportedly) taunts referencing some family history of mental illness (I don't know what the history was or what was raised).

Not really beyond the pale of what happens at college games in my experience, but it's the most recent example that comes to mind.

I'm reminded of an amusing incident some years ago. Kris Johnson and Jelani McCoy had been suspended from UCLA's basketball team for smoking pot. During a nationally televised game against Stanford (which iirc was Johnson's first game back from suspension), the Stanford fans were chanting "Mar-i-juan-a, Mar-i-juan-a". Billy Packer, genius that he is, said "The Stanford fans are chanting "Carolina" to remind the Bruins of their biggest loss last season!"
Um, no. But thanks for playing, Billy.
post #107 of 168
Way late, but need to read one of Reilly's final last pages of SI on Tony Dungy and dealing with the loss of his son. Dungy is no d.b. Also, I think the problem child thing is a little O.B., to stick with the sports theme (esp. when result is loss of young son by parents).
post #108 of 168
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Originally Posted by Ambulance Chaser View Post
If we're going to include fans, there are plenty that are just as bad as the aforementioned Cal fans:

British soccer fans (no explanation necessary)
Philadelphia sports fans (cheered Michael Irvin's neck injury and booed Santa Claus)

How about northern Italian "ultras" (eg. Lazio): racist, fascist, violent -- what more could you ask for?

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/columns/ana...ro_050415.html
post #109 of 168
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Originally Posted by eg1 View Post
How about northern Italian "ultras" (eg. Lazio): racist, fascist, violent -- what more could you ask for?

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/columns/ana...ro_050415.html

I would not characterize Lazio (based in Rome) as a northern team. The southern tifosi are not really any better. As it happens, I was at the Olimpico for a Lazio v. Napoli match once where the traveling Napoli support really showed the fans from the capitol how it's done. When Napoli went behind 2-0, they started raining flares into the sections adjoining the away section.
post #110 of 168
Landon Donovan gave himself a boost up in this competition with his recent comments about his teammate Jozy Altidore following the Wed night friendly against Mexico.

LD, who is famous for not performing well under pressure and when things aren't going his way, in his appraisal of JA's performance (during which he scored his first goal for the national team) accused JA of just this. What a dick. Pot, kettle, have you met?

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post #111 of 168
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Originally Posted by rdawson808 View Post

1. C. Ronaldo--he is AMAZING on the field, without a doubt. But he has a tendency to fall like a ragdoll. Is he getting over that. But off the field I have no idea. What's he like? He certainly looks like he'd be a complete db.
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3. Wayne Rooney seems like a total idiot, but I'm not sure if he's db material. I'm surprised he hasn't turned into a total chav.

Cristiano Ronaldo:
Here's a guy who after sustaining a small gash on his left eyebrow in a Champions League game last year said, "I don't like to look like this, but in four or five days I will be beautiful once again."

http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/1301...ers_orgy.shtml

A guy who in the first sentence of his new book proclaims, "My name is Cristiano Ronaldo ... and I know this name means a lot to those who love football."

He also was beaten to the accolade of European Footballer of the Year and FIFA World Player of the Year by AC Milan's Brazilian playmaker Kaka, but reckons he is the unofficial No.1.
He told The Mirror newspaper: "I don't need to demonstrate that I am the No.1 in the world. Over the nine months of the season the work you do will show who really is the best. If I am named the best in the world, it won't be a surprise to me.

Remember the wink to get Rooney sent off in the World Cup? His own club team-mate! I'm a Liverpool fan and it sickened me!

Wayne Rooney is a CHAV, as is his Posh wannabe fiancee/wife to be Coleen, whose only talent is spending his money (actually, a charge labelled at most of footballer WAGs- wives and girlfriends)

He penned an autobiography at 20 years of age.
post #112 of 168
I'll give you most all of those.

Women love this guy and he seems to know it. He has that look of a good looking soccer star who knows the ladies love him. Most soccer players I've ever seen who were also good looking seemed to be arrogant (talent aside).

Talking shit when you don't when the POY is arrogant too. Drogba just put himself in this contest with his comments about the African POY award also. He got what he deserved when he missed three golden opportunities in their game yesterday.

Writing an autobio at 20 is just arrogant. But probably just a sign of greed.

But Rooney got himself sent off. CR just pointed it out to the ref. They were not teammates during that game. I can't blame him for it.

And he was obviously refering to Ronaldo when he wrote that line. I just wish people would stop calling him just Ronaldo and call him something else (even just C Ronaldo) to distinquish him from the real Ronaldo. You know the old fat Brazilian one. JK. I'm a big fan of the original.

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Originally Posted by strazzaque View Post
Cristiano Ronaldo:
Here's a guy who after sustaining a small gash on his left eyebrow in a Champions League game last year said, "I don't like to look like this, but in four or five days I will be beautiful once again."


A guy who in the first sentence of his new book proclaims, "My name is Cristiano Ronaldo ... and I know this name means a lot to those who love football."

He also was beaten to the accolade of European Footballer of the Year and FIFA World Player of the Year by AC Milan's Brazilian playmaker Kaka, but reckons he is the unofficial No.1.
He told The Mirror newspaper: "I don't need to demonstrate that I am the No.1 in the world. Over the nine months of the season the work you do will show who really is the best. If I am named the best in the world, it won't be a surprise to me.

Remember the wink to get Rooney sent off in the World Cup? His own club team-mate! I'm a Liverpool fan and it sickened me!

Wayne Rooney is a CHAV, as is his Posh wannabe fiancee/wife to be Coleen, whose only talent is spending his money (actually, a charge labelled at most of footballer WAGs- wives and girlfriends)

He penned an autobiography at 20 years of age.
post #113 of 168
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Originally Posted by strazzaque View Post
Cristiano Ronaldo:
Here's a guy who after sustaining a small gash on his left eyebrow in a Champions League game last year said, "I don't like to look like this, but in four or five days I will be beautiful once again."

http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/1301...ers_orgy.shtml

A guy who in the first sentence of his new book proclaims, "My name is Cristiano Ronaldo ... and I know this name means a lot to those who love football."

He also was beaten to the accolade of European Footballer of the Year and FIFA World Player of the Year by AC Milan's Brazilian playmaker Kaka, but reckons he is the unofficial No.1.
He told The Mirror newspaper: "I don't need to demonstrate that I am the No.1 in the world. Over the nine months of the season the work you do will show who really is the best. If I am named the best in the world, it won't be a surprise to me.

Remember the wink to get Rooney sent off in the World Cup? His own club team-mate! I'm a Liverpool fan and it sickened me!

Wayne Rooney is a CHAV, as is his Posh wannabe fiancee/wife to be Coleen, whose only talent is spending his money (actually, a charge labelled at most of footballer WAGs- wives and girlfriends)

He penned an autobiography at 20 years of age.

Ooooh,those EIGHTEEN years without a league title seem to be making you just a tad bitter!!
The "Spice Boys" of the 1996 era set the benchmark for todays "douchebags",the difference being Rooney and Ronaldo are actually good players.
As for CHAV's,have you looked at Gerrard and his perma tanned wife Alex Curran lately?
post #114 of 168
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Originally Posted by Virginia Dandy View Post
I would not characterize Lazio (based in Rome) as a northern team. The southern tifosi are not really any better. As it happens, I was at the Olimpico for a Lazio v. Napoli match once where the traveling Napoli support really showed the fans from the capitol how it's done. When Napoli went behind 2-0, they started raining flares into the sections adjoining the away section.

I won't win any awards for my knowledge of Italian geography, it's true. Mind you, an Italian friend of mine claims, "everything south of Rome is African"
post #115 of 168
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Originally Posted by eg1 View Post
I won't win any awards for my knowledge of Italian geography, it's true. Mind you, an Italian friend of mine claims, "everything south of Rome is African"
I think the rule of thumb in Italy is "anything south of where I was born is Africa."
post #116 of 168
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Originally Posted by rdawson808 View Post
Landon Donovan gave himself a boost up in this competition with his recent comments about his teammate Jozy Altidore following the Wed night friendly against Mexico.

LD, who is famous for not performing well under pressure and when things aren't going his way, in his appraisal of JA's performance (during which he scored his first goal for the national team) accused JA of just this. What a dick. Pot, kettle, have you met?

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Donovan is a strong candidate.

When the LA Galaxy crashed out of the 2007 US Open Cup to the 2nd division Richmond Kickers, he came on as a substitute in the 2d half when the Galaxy were down 1-0 and chasing the game. The whining and flouncing around started immediately.

At the stroke of 90 minutes, Donovan was on the receiving end of a stern challenge at the top of the box and (predictably) flung himself to the ground with much screaming and waving of arms. The ref, to his credit, looked down his nose at him, spun on his heel and waved play on.

That would all be bad enough but now it gets good.

Donovan, in a supreme display of douche-baggery, instead of getting his ass up and back in the game with his team's backs to the wall and pressuring for the equalizer, chose to spend the remaining 3 minutes of injury time laying on the ground rubbing his ankle. No one (including the ref) was buying his BS. Even his teammates were pissed at him.

What a tool.
post #117 of 168
+1 on Lil Lleyton. Actually tennis is full of them. The entire Italian soccer team, for performance-acting their way to a World Cup, while all the while half their team were subject to match-fixing and corruption investigations back home. And they say cycling is corrupt. Every cyclist who came out and said "Oh yeah, I was on drugs back in the day" and kept right on cycling. Floyd Landis for being incapable of accepting the consequences of his actions. Is it too late to nominate someone who is recently retired? If not, I give you Australian cricketer Shane Warne. In a glittering career Shane: - consorted with Indian gamblers to provide them with pre-match inside information - was caught taking drugs and blamed his mum - was caught texting naughty messages to English female fans (while married) and now leverages that incident into a mobile phone endorsement - was filmed (while married) cavorting in a hotel room with two busty females - took his own food supply on a trip to India because he didn't trust the locals' food - cheated on his wife, got back together again with her all apologetic, cheated on her again, etc. I've lost count of whether he is with her or not by now Any cricket fan can add to that list.
post #118 of 168
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Originally Posted by California Dreamer View Post
- was caught texting naughty messages to English female fans (while married) and now leverages that incident into a mobile phone endorsement

Kind of funny, actually.
post #119 of 168
G'day Benecios, At the rate we're heading under Benitez and his attrition football, it'll be well more than 18 years. I don't begrudge United or Arsenal their success- those are the teams I look to for exciting football, as would most football lovers. I'm bitter about our style of play, more than anything else. The Liverpool fan columnist Jaimie Kanwar sums up a lot of my views, and he's reviled by many of the Anfield faithful. I'm going to be writing for his site soon, I hope. English footballers, especially the younger generation seem to have Chavism in their genes. Walcott strikes me as an exception, but we'll see. I've seen Alex Curran laden with shopping bags from some local boutique, and she did strike me as a WAG, though I did not notice the overpowering fake tan. Would not be surprised. There was a famous quote from Alan Sugar about most footballers serving time in Her Majesty's prisons, were it not for them being gifted athletes.
post #120 of 168
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Originally Posted by rdawson808 View Post
Most soccer players I've ever seen who were also good looking seemed to be arrogant (talent aside).

I'd put Paolo Maldini on the opposite of that, as the best example of attractive, humble footballer, despite having won all there is to win.

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Originally Posted by rdawson808 View Post
Talking shit when you don't when the POY is arrogant too. Drogba just put himself in this contest with his comments about the African POY award also. He got what he deserved when he missed three golden opportunities in their game yesterday.

Drogba actually won the award, but was told it would go to Kanoute if he did not attend the ceremony in Togo. He refused to break camp 2 days before a game and was punished.
CAF denied this, but later confirmed it, contradicting itself and showing itself to be an inept organisation.

Drogba showed solidarity with his team, and Kanoute ends up the victim in all this, a lame duck winner, and CAF pawn. He deserves better.
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