Before I begin, I’d just like to thank you for the warm welcome yesterday. I really appreciate it!
Today, I’ve got some rambling prepared for you that I will connect to football. Shall we?
Ramble of the Day
Last night, I read an article from GQ about people who propose to their significant others at sporting venues. Like many, I cringe at the idea of such proposals, which now makes me seem like a bit of a grump, attempting to quash the happiness of others. For that, I apologize, but come on. A stadium proposal is, by nature, somewhat horrifying.
The argument against them is mentioned in the GQ piece; why would you want to share such an intimate moment with a large number of strangers (particularly if the other person in the relationship says no)? It reminded me of Brendan Rodgers, who proposed to his wife last year in Times Square. Not only did he publicly propose, but he did so in Times Square.
As I type this, I realize many of you are not New Yorkers like myself, and possibly have never been to New York. In which case, I will issue you a warning, if you need it. Times Square is genuinely awful. There is nothing good to do there, except on National Ice Cream Day if the Times Square Ben & Jerry’s is the closest one to you and you just want some free ice cream in between classes. The characters that people dress up as to make cash are the creepy versions of the cartoons you watched as a child. Also, it smells.
Anyway, let’s get to those links you people like so much.
ESPN dropped a list called the ESPN FC 100. The list includes their top 90 players, organized into the top ten in each position, plus the top ten coaches. Several Spurs players get name dropped, as does Mauricio Pochettino. Plus, if you really want to get the debates started, they have a list of the most undervalued and overvalued players.
Following up on yesterday’s link about Chapecoense qualifying for the Copa Libertadores, here’s the video of their last minute game winner.
Crystal Palace are the latest London based Premier League club to talk about a new stadium of their own, and they’ve released some images and a video of what they want their new facilities to look like. Let the new stadium wars begin!
Liverpool have denied BBC 5 Live the rights to their Champions League match against Spartak Moscow, something that BBC think might be “a taste of things to come” as clubs look to produce streams in house.