Happy Euro 2012, Spursland! There is a lot that can be said about Euro 2012, like who will win (Germany) and who will disappoint the most (can we call what England are going to do disappointing at this point?). But I tend to view the two major international tournaments more as a time to look back at how my life has changed since they were last played. They are the bookends on the chapters of my life.
As a sports fan, I doubt I am alone so like an emotional teenage girl on New Year's Eve let us footy fans take a moment and reflect on the time that has passed in these last four years. Take stock of what we accomplished, what we didn't and how we have changed. And then lets set some goals for the next four years. That way we won't feel like such lazy dicks while we are drunk and screaming at Metsut Ozil over the coming weeks.
And now the "news"
Rafa Reveals Desire To Play In Italy- Sky Sports
Okay, I know what you are thinking, that this double talking son of a gun just said that he wants to stay here. And that is true. These new quotes are much more about Rafa wanting to coach or work in the front office one da, and much less about him leaving so don't be a Debbie Downer.
Parker Readys Himself For His First Major Tournament At Age 31- BBC
Scott certainly is a late bloomer, but you know who else was a late bloomer? Many if not most of the worlds most horrible psychopathic dictators and Albert Einstein. So you know, not all bad news there, statistically speaking.
Proof That No Matter How Ridiculous, Harry Will Answer The Question -Dear Mr Levy
Click the link to hear Harry's pick for a fist fight between Joe Jordan and Mike Riley if both were covered in gravy. Seriously, he answered that question, and he was totally serious about it. This is further evidence that during our slow news week that the only reason Harry wasn't talking was because nobody was asking him any questions. Shame on you, British media. This clip shows just how much talent you have and you fell down on the job last week.
What's happening around SB Nation after the jump
Is John Terry The Most hated Man In Football?- SB Nation Soccer
I am not sure if John Terry outranks Ronaldo in terms of who is hated more so let's ask Daniel Bryan what he thinks.
11 Matches Into His Reign Klinsman Has Yet To Address The Backline Issues- SB Nation Soccer
Our boy Ryan Rosenblatt breaks down why the USMNT hasn't improved under the man who once was called "The Best German Dude Ever" around my apartment. It turns out we were focusing on the wrong end of the pitch.
Chelsea Sing Another Can't Miss Tween Prospect- We Ain't Got No History
Ugh, some things never change. Chelsea will always snap up promising young talent and rich dudes will never want to pay their taxes (that isn't political, it's a fact ! I live in a country created because of this law of physics).