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Ramble of the Day
We’ve got ourselves a #SafeHands challenge to see (read: expose) footballers’ hand washing abilities, but there’s another one floating around North American soccer circles: their iteration of the #StayAtHomeChallenge.
Allow the Seattle Sounders’ Miguel Ibarra, plus a cameo from his dog, to demonstrate what it entails.
Doggo trying to get in on the fun! @Migue10Ibarra | #StayAtHomeChallengepic.twitter.com/9qmonJn3ol— Major League Soccer (@MLS) March 17, 2020
The dog isn’t required, but as you can tell, it involves showing off some skills and switching out a football for a roll of toilet paper, because I suppose everyone that participates has at least one extra roll lying around. (Always a good reminder to not hoard toilet paper!)
I have no idea who started it, but it’s had a few different names. The Utah Royals’ Lo’eau LaBonta called it the #10JuggleChallenge:
I know how much you value your TP, so I’m calling you out @Yael_Averbuch ... you footy technical wizard! #10JuggleChallenge pic.twitter.com/eZqUZF2xaN— Lo'eau LaBonta (@L0momma) March 17, 2020
The New York Red Bulls’ Kaku went with the Spanish language equivalent (or close enough, anyway) #10ToquesChallenge, but also used #StayAtHome which opened the door to #StayAtHomeChallenge.
#10ToquesChallengue #StayAtHome #quedateencasa pic.twitter.com/5X9HGLaHVz— kaku (@kakuromero17) March 17, 2020
We’ve got plenty of people doing it now, and putting their own spin on it. Check out Real Salt Lake’s Justen Glad, Aaron Herrera, and Tate Schmitt teaming up for theirs:
Take 1 #StayAtHomeChallenge #StaySafe #WashYourHands @justen_glad @aaronherrera_22 @realsaltlake pic.twitter.com/KXsvplWrKv— Tate Schmitt (@TateSchmitt) March 17, 2020
Atlanta United manager Frank de Boer even decided to do it (in shoes?!?) and extend the challenge to not just club president (and former Tottenham director of football administration) Darren Eales, but “all players and fans” of the club. Don’t know how he’s going to verify the second, but I hope fans take him up on it to see the (probably) mostly unsuccessful attempts.
I challenge: @DEalesATLUTD @bocaboca3 @glassy_11 and all players and fans @ATLUTD to join me doing the #StayAtHomeChallenge #staysafe #stayhealthy pic.twitter.com/4yPQSpefd8— Frank de Boer (@FdeBoerofficial) March 17, 2020
I hope watching these is a decent way to destress while we all deal with ... a lot, but while I’m here, I’m going to say again that is not a good use of toilet paper. Maybe do it with a small ball? (I’m sure almost everyone’s got one lying around.)
tl;dr: Meet North America-based footballers #StayAtHomeChallenge, featuring a poor use of toilet paper?
Links of the Day
- Juventus’s Blaise Matuidi and Japanese FA president Kozo Tashima tested positive for COVID-19.
- The Copa América has been rescheduled to 2021.
- National League side Barnet put all its non-playing staff on notice of redundancy.
Greater Manchester Police charged a man for racially abusing Manchester United’s Fred in December.
David Squires on filling the void during the coronavirus pandemic in his latest cartoon.
Today’s longer read: Mike Goodman and Kirsten Schlewitz ask and answer beginners’ questions about statistics for StatsBomb