Dirty Tackle

  • Sky Sports News reporter uses vanishing spray to keep QPR fans away from him

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle2 hrs ago

    One of the most inexplicable developments of the Sky Sports Newsification of transfer deadline day has been the hordes of easily excitable fans that gather around the network's reporters outside various stadiums and training grounds across England. They stand there for hours on end just for the chance to be seen on television celebrating rumors of footballers boarding airplanes or seeing a doctor.

    At times, these street dwellers can get a little too close and make the reporters feel like they'll be torn apart if they don't say what the mob surrounding them wants to hear.

    Poor SSN presenter looks like he's about to be taken in and eaten alive by these Spurs fans! pic.twitter.com/3DDAlCb1

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  • Zenit signed Bart Simpson and it was all very weird

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle4 hrs ago

    The Simpsons have been partnering with football clubs around the world as a part of a still unclear money printing strategy and now it's FC Zenit's turn to join the brand synergy party. But with a twist.

    Since the partnership was unveiled on transfer deadline day, the Russian club announced it as if they were signing Bart Simpson as they would a new player. So they carried this premise out to its fullest, most terrifying possibilities BY HAVING A HUMAN PERSON DRESSED IN A GIANT BART COSTUME GO THROUGH THE PACES OF A NEW SIGNING.

    In the video above, you'll see the giant headed and sickly looking Bart Simpson going through a medical exam, having an awkward one-sided conversation with Andre Villas-Boas (the indignities never end for Andre, do they?), meet his new teammates and then get initiated into the squad by nearly having his big freaky head knocked off.

    Here's how Zenit announced the signing on their official website:

    The oddities of transfer deadline day have no limits.

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  • The reunion of Shinji Kagawa and Jurgen Klopp was better than The Notebook

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle4 hrs ago

    Shinji Kagawa has returned to Borussia Dortmund after two long seasons of being imprisoned on Manchester United's bench and the universe is now a better place for it. One look at the incandescent smiles on the faces of Kagawa and Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp tells you all you need to know about the joy this move has brought. If the sun is shining in your part of the world today, this is why. (If it's not, that's probably your fault.)

    As Kagawa toiled in the background at Man United, falling out of favor with Sir Alex Ferguson, then David Moyes and, finally, Louis van Gaal, the "#FreeShinji" campaign grew in support on social media networks. And when Shinji was finally freed, even Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky celebrated by posting an artistic interpretation on his Instagram account.

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  • Chris Kamara can't hear any of his cues, watches match intently

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle2 days ago

    Sky Sports reporter/Brazilian thief catcher Chris Kamara is perhaps best known for thoroughly enjoying the fact that he had no idea who was sent off at Portsmouth four years ago. Well, in his eagerness to make sure that never happens again, Kamara now watches the matches he attends so intently that he's become completely oblivious to his cues.

    Soccer Saturday's Jeff Stelling tried to cue Kamara, who was positioned at Upton Park for West Ham v Southampton, three times and all three times Kamara either couldn't hear him or was too focused on the match to realize that he was on live television.

    He wasn't the only one on the program having difficulties, though. Paul Merson interrupted a discussion earlier on in the show by choking on the spicy sushi he was eating for lunch.

    Believe it or not, there was actually some football going on in the midst of all this madcap hilarity, too.

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  • Schalke's new tunnel looks like a coal mine

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle2 days ago

    Schalke have always maintained strong ties to the local mining industry and this has produced some brilliant imagery in recent years. From mining themed team photos to the players actually going down into the mines, they've shown that "The Miners" is more than just a nickname for the club. And now they've taken that theme a step further by redesigning the Veltins-Arena tunnel that the players use to get from the dressing rooms to the pitch to look like a coal mine.

    The result is a spooky, dimly lit enclosure that will remind the players of their club's working-class roots every time they walk through it. And visiting teams might find it a bit unsettling.

    Here's what the tunnel looked like before the redesign...

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