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  • Footballers tell their scariest stories for Halloween

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle14 hrs ago

    Roy Keane

    You want a scary story, do you? Fine. I'll give you one. There once was a bitter old man called Sir...Andrew...Shmerguson. He was very good at what he did for a living, which was managing a very successful shop of some sort — it doesn't matter what kind, so don't bother asking. But what does matter is that he was a liar and wouldn't know loyalty if it punched him in the face, which it might if it ever sees him in person again.

    The moral of this story — and yes, this is a scary story with a moral, so deal with it — is that I'm coming for you Shmerguson. I don't care that you're old. The devil is old too and no one holds back on him. So you'd better watch yourself because when I'm through with you, you'll be thinking Alf-Inge Haaland got off easy.

    That said...happy Halloween, everyone.

    Michael Owen

    It was an unusually sunny Tuesday morning. The stairs creaked as I walked down them, which I thought was strange since I had just had a new Italian marble staircase put in. It was very expensive. I then realized that it wasn't the stairs creaking, but my knees. They always do that, so it made a lot more sense than it being the stairs. 

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  • Bournemouth owner doesn't watch his club's matches because he thinks he's a jinx

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle1 day ago

    Bournemouth won 8-0 at Birmingham on Saturday to go fourth in the Sky Bet Championship and on Tuesday they beat Premier League side West Brom 2-1 to reach the club's first ever Capital One Cup quarterfinal. According to Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, superstitous Russian owner Maxim Demin believes all of this is happening because he doesn't watch, let alone attend, his club's matches.

    From the Bournemouth Echo:

    Demin, who lives in Switzerland, has pumped millions into the club since buying a 50 percent stake in 2011 and taking full control last year. So it's sad that his superstitions prevent him from fully enjoying his investment. Then again, Howe "he asks me to do certain things to follow his superstitions" line makes me think this is all just an elaborate ploy to get the manager to send videos of himself wearing a chicken suit and singing Peter Gabriel songs before matches.

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