Dirty Tackle

  • Mario Balotelli demonstrates unique ironing method in brilliant Instagram video

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle42 mins ago

    Confirming former Italy manager Cesare Prandelli's assertion the day before that Mario Balotelli is "fundamentally a good guy" who "lives in a place that is far away from reality," the Milan striker posted a video on Instagram of himself dancing while ironing a shirt, reading Zlatan Ibrahimovic's autobiography and listening to Biggie Smalls.

    Given all the Puma product placement (and the fact that Mario is ironing right over the logo of his shirt), there's a good chance this is a viral marketing campaign. But Balotelli executes it so delightfully that it really doesn't matter. This is how I like to imagine he does all of his ironing.

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    Brooks Peck is the editor of Dirty Tackle on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him or follow on Twitter! Follow @BrooksDT

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  • James Rodriguez hugs manhandled pitch invader during Real Madrid presentation, prompts copycat

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle1 hr ago

    Having completed his € 80 million move from Monaco to Real Madrid, World Cup Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez was presented at the Santiago Bernabeu in front of about 46,000 fans on Tuesday. Wearing the No. 10 shirt left vacant when Mesut Ozil departed last summer, Rodriguez kicked balls into the ravenous crowd, which was filled with yellow Colombia shirts.

    One of those supporters decided to invade the pitch and hug his hero, which quickly resulted in security staff violently dragging him to the ground. Rodriguez didn't appreciate the aggressiveness with which they did their job, so he tried to calm the situation by hugging the pitch invader a second time and giving him a ball as he escorted him away.

    Seeing how lovely Rodriguez was to the man, another pitch invader attempted to bum rush the Colombian star just as the commotion was starting die down. He too got a ball for his efforts, but not much more.

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo dodges giant dandruff balls in ridiculous shampoo commercial

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle4 hrs ago

    Cristiano Ronaldo has starred in many, many advertisements, but this one for Clear shampoo is both the best of them all. In this commercial, Ronaldo is inside a pinball game called "Dandruff Attack." So right from the start you know that this viewing experience is going to change your life for the better.

    Ronaldo is then forced to dodge giant dandruff balls (clearly labeled "dandruff" because a company called Clear doesn't mess around with subtlety) Matrix style before headbutting a hologram of a shampoo bottle like he was Pepe and the nonexistent shampoo bottle was Thomas Muller. Finally, with his scalp's "natural protection layer" activated, he is able to head a dandruff ball into obliteration, which he celebrates as if he scored a goal.

    The ad then ends with Ronaldo running his hand over his impenetrable hair helmet while giving you bedroom eyes.

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  • Boxer Tyson Fury mistakenly challenges Liverpool Ladies' Lucy Bronze on Twitter

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle14 hrs ago

    Frustrated by opponent Dereck Chisora pulling out of Saturday's scheduled heavyweight bout with a fractured hand, boxer Tyson Fury took to Twitter and attempted to call out the next man on his list, Deontay Wilder. But instead of using Wilder's @BronzeBomber Twitter handle, the undefeated, 6-foot 9 Fury ended up using the @LucyBronze handle of Liverpool Ladies defender Lucy Bronze instead.

    After former heavyweight champ David Haye twice backed out of fights against Fury under similar circumstances, the Manchester born fighter was apparently too incensed by having a match crumble at the last minute for a third time to bother checking his rants before tweeting. So, he ended up including the oddly punctuated call-out of "@LucyBronze I want u punk.?"

    For the record, this is Lucy Bronze, 22-year-old England international who became the first British player to win the NCAA Cup with the University of North Carolina in 2009...

    And this is Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder...

    Lucy Bronze did see the humor in the situation, though. She tweeted her amusement before declining to fight Fury.

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  • Dimitar Berbatov scores exceptional volley, proves that he doesn't need preseason

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle1 day ago

    Despite a long career filled with beautiful goals and accolades, Dimitar Berbatov still gets tagged as lazy. But this simply isn't true. In actuality, he's just extremely talented, surprisingly graceful, and smart enough to know that you don't always have to sweat to get the job done.

    The Berba demonstrated all of this once again during Monaco's friendly against Colombian side Atletico Junior. Just before halftime, a deflected shot from outside the box looped into the general vicinity of Berbatov, who adjusted to connect with a powerful volley behind his body for the match's only goal.

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  • Arsenal players attempt to speak with New York accents ahead of preseason visit

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle1 day ago

    Arsenal will visit the U.S. for the first time in 25 years for one match only in an attempt to get retribution against the New York Red Bulls, who won the 2011 Emirates Cup at Arsenal's home ground. To prepare for the trip, the club made a few players attempt to say famous phrases in a New York accent. The results were varied.

    Englishmen Carl Jenkinson and Kieran Gibbs, German Serge Gnabry, and Frenchman Matheiu Flamini all made their attempts at sounding like characters in a Scorsese film. Jenkinson probably did the best job of it, while Flamini just sounded like a Frenchman mocking New Yorkers.

    The Red Bulls' Thierry Henry will welcome his former club to Harrison, New Jersey on July 26.

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    Brooks Peck is the editor of Dirty Tackle on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him or follow on Twitter! Follow @BrooksDT

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