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PHOTO: I SHOULD JUST START A TUMBLR FOR THESE.
It’s tough to make a press conference photo interesting. Photographers tend to resort to tricks like this one, which I’ve decided to call “The Groundhog.” (Reuters)
JUST WHEN HE WAS APPROACHING ‘SO BAD IT’S GOOD TERRITORY.’
The news that John Harkes had been let go by ESPN caused Harksey to trend on Twitter. What does it mean? Probably that the state of punditry is terrible, and people are sick of bad analysis. // The Footy Blog
SOMETHING TO REMEMBER HIM BY. AU REVOIR, SWEET PRINCE.
Goldenballs’ best MLS season was this MLS season, and his team won a championship. Let’s relive all of Becks’ goals and assists from the glorious 2011 campaign, shall we? // 101GG
The Real Madrid website’s official match report from the club’s 2-3 win over Valencia included at least one photo of a home fan giving Cristiano Ronaldo a solid mooning. After being subjected to asses and lasers, it’s amazing Ronaldo has any ocular capabilities left. // Dirty Tackle
PHOTO: OFF-CENTER, FRAMED BY DARKNESS FOR SOME REASON.
More press conference photo fun, this one of S’ralex. He’s…in the spotlight or something. And the darkness around him serves to draw the eye to the great manager…aw, forget it. (Reuters)
I’D WATCH A SHOW CALLED ‘LIFE AFTER FOOTBALL’, WHERE CRITTERS AND IVY INVADE DESERTED STADIUMS AROUND THE WORLD.
Pitch Invasion’s lost stadiums series is superb and fascinating, which is why I keep linking to it. Deal with it. The latest installment is Allemania Aachen’s former home. // Pitch Invasion
THE FINAL CHAPTER.
Sunday’s Galaxy win wasn’t just a triumph for LA and the possible end of Beckham’s time stateside, it was also the last day of the long and successful career of the underrated Gregg Berhalter. // Prost Amerika
MLS IS…RANDOMLY RUNNING INTO PLAYERS IN STADIUM PARKING LOTS.
New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis talks about his new head coach, the Revs stadium situation, and crappy LA weather in an impromptu parking lot interview at the MLS Cup Final. // The Third Kit
PHOTO: FILLING THE FRAME.
Another presser photo (you’re getting these because yesterday was press conference day ahead of Champions League fixtures). This one is of FC Basel manager Heiko Vogel, who has a really big face. (Reuters)
GETTING THE TACTICS RIGHT MIGHT BE TOUGH. I DON’T EXPECT ANIMAL TO HAVE MUCH POSITIONAL DISCIPLINE.
This is how the Muppets would line up if they were a soccer team. Now we just need someone for them to play. // The Other 87
THE BEST OF THE UNWANTED.
Okay, “unwanted” is harsh because MLS teams can only protect eleven, and some of these guys really are good players. Here’s a Best XI made up from the unprotected. Make you’re own! It’s…well not fun exactly, but it’s something. // NYT Goal Blog
THE PHRASE ‘RUSSIAN WINTER’ MAKES ME WANT TO CURL INTO A BALL.
Here’s a thing on a thing most people aren’t talking about: the Russian league schedule change from the spring-to-fall season to the fall-to-spring season. // SB Nation
PHOTO: SURFING ARGENTINA.
Racing’s Giovanni Moreno with the clever surfing celebration earlier this month. (via Invent Football)
STAY TUNED FOR MY POWER RANKINGS OF POWER RANKINGS.
Thankfully, we can put MLS power rankings away for a little while. Here’s one last go at them. Of course, everyone who isn’t the top team doesn’t mater, so… // Bleacher Report
OKAY, SO THAT TUMBLR WON’T START ITSELF. THANKFULLY, I’LL HAVE A TON OF MATERIAL.
I’m thinking “F*&k Yeah Overly Artsy Champions League Press Conference Photos”, but it’s still a work in progress. Get the KCKRS on the Twitters. Get the KCKRS on the Facebooks. Get the move on.