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|PHOTO: WHEN IN DOUBT, THROW A PARADE. OPEN TOP BUSES FOR EVERYONE!|
The women of the Japan national team show off their silver medals during a parade in Tokyo. (YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/GettyImages)
|EVERYBODY LOVES A PARADE. NEEDS MORE TICKER TAPE, THOUGH (DO THEY STILL USE TICKER TAPE?).|
500,000 people lined the streets of Tokyo to celebrate Japan’s Olympians, but most of them were probably there to see Homare Sawa (I know I would be). // Japan Times
|‘MY TEAM IS IN THE CRAPPER. I KNOW, I’LL PLANT AN INSANE STORY IN THE MEDIA’…IS NOT A LINE OF THINKING WE ENDORSE.|
Someone is sending New England Revolution journos and blogs a fantastical story about the team’s possible sale and relocation. Let’s put this thing out of its misery. // New England Soccer Today
|THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH BAD LUCK. THEY’RE SET UP ON THE PITCH FOR CRIKES SAKE. MAYBE DON’T STAND THERE?|
You know the German TV presenter who got smacked in the head with an errant ball? She’s back, and this time it’s sprinklers ruining her spot. // Dirty Tackle
|PHOTO: ‘YOU’RE NOT ALLOWED TO TALK TO ME UNLESS YOU HAVE ONE OF THESE. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE LEGION, BABY.’|
This is former Marseille, Bordeaux, and France midfielder Alain Giresse receiving France’s highest civilian award, the Legion d’honneur. He probably didn’t say the thing above.
|IT’S THE SEQUEL TO THE EVENTS OF LONDON, AND IT’S CALLED ‘ATTACK OF THE BABY NATS.’|
On the heels of the senior team tourney in Britain at the Olympics, the women’s U-20 World Cup kicks off in Japan. The USA, Germany, and Canada all got big wins. // Futbolita
|‘IT’S A COZY, BRIGHT TWO BEDROOM UNIT WITH NEW FIXTURES…I SHOULD MENTION THERE’S A SLIGHT CHANCE OF FOOTBALLS COMING THROUGH YOUR WINDOW.’|
Somewhere way down the Brazilian pyramid is a level where the pitch is bracketed by apartments, and errant shots interrupt an elderly couple’s quiet meal. // 101GG
|LET’S TALK ABOUT WHAT’S REALLY IMPORTANT. LIKE WHATEVER IS HAPPENING ON ALEX SONG’S HEAD.|
He may have joined the greatest team in the world, but that doesn’t mean Alex Song doesn’t have terrible hair. // Kickette
|PHOTO: BARCELONA HAVE A NEW SONG. IT GOES ‘LA LA LALALALA LA LA LA.’ WORK IN PROGRESS, REALLY.|
Alex Song is a Barca player. This calls for a really big sign with his name and number.
|YOU HAD ME AT THE INVOCATION OF JAY GATSBY. THEN YOU LOST ME. THEN I CAME BACK JUST TO SEE HOW IT ENDS.|
Here’s some high-minded discussion of purpose regarding London’s most famously underachieving club. // A Football Report
|LINKED JUST SO I CAN WRITE ‘PANIC AT THE BERNABÉU’ WHICH AMUSES ME FOR NO REASON.|
Every defeat is a lesson. Sometimes it’s eight lessons, conveniently suited to slides discussing each one for handy internet consumption. // Bleacher Report
|BELIEVE IT OR NOT, ‘WAVE TO PEOPLE FROM AN OPEN AIR BUS WHILE WEARING A RED BLAZER’ IS ON MY BUCKET LIST.|
So jealous of the Japanese Olympians. I also have “be inducted into the French Legion of Honor” on there, but that’s more of an impossible than something I really hope to accomplish. I mean, I’m not even French. The bus thing, though…making that happen one day. Click this link to follow KCKRS on Twitter. Click this link to like KCKRS on Facebook. Click this link to a brawl in Australian. In a friendly.