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This is the archive for August 2007

Rest in Peace

Antonio Puerta
1984 - 2007

Spanish Soccer Star Antonio Puerta passed away today, three days after he suffered a heart attack during a match. He died of multiple organ failure stemming from prolonged exposure to cardiac failure and other coronary problems.

The midfielder star for FC Sevilla was only twenty-two years old and his first child is expected to be born in six weeks.

Tragic. Why we may be a bunch of bastards here, we are certainly not heartless ones, our thoughts go out Antonio Puerta's family and friends during this tragic time.

The Bad Boy Barton Blues

Despite their utter lack of quality in the last few seasons, I remain a Newcastle fan. However, I can't say I've agreed with some of their signings in the past. In fact, I'd rather the team was relegated, than have the likes of Lee Bowyer wearing the black and white shirt. For those that don't know, Bowyer was involved in a court case, where he was accused of beating up a young Asian man. Bowyer was not alone in court either, as his fellow footballer Jonathan Woodgate was also involved. Several weeks, and a few expensive lawyers later, Bowyer was acquitted, and Woodgate had to do community service, for the charge of affray. At the time, they were playing for Leeds, but they both went on to become Newcastle players. Now, they've moved on to different clubs, and I for one am glad to see the back of them.

Unfortunately, Newcastle have done it again. This time, they've signed Joey Barton, a player who in the past has been in trouble for poking a lit cigar in the eye of a youth player, and assaulting a 15-year-old Everton supporter. Most recently, he allegedy assaulted Ousmane Dame, a team mate at his former club, Manchester City.

Speaking to Radio 5live, he said "I'm not a bad boy... I'll make bad decisions and make good decisions, just like anyone else - I'm not some superhuman robot just because I play football... I've been trying to lead a good life and be a good person." It's difficult to have sympathy for a man like Joey Barton, especially with his odd superhuman robot argument. I've never tried to extinguish a cigar in another person's eye, and last time I checked, I wasn't Optimus Prime.

The fact is, he's a very bad person, and that's unlikely to change. Looking at his notorious relatives gives you an idea of what kind of stock he comes from. His brother and cousin were convicted of the violent, racist killing of 18-year-old Anthony Walker, and currently, two more of his cousins are wanted by police in connection with the murder of Thomas Harrison. Of course, Joey Barton is not responsible for, or connected to any of this in any way, but oddly, I'd rather he weren't playing for my team.

I've never heard of this country called "Barclays."

As you probably don't know/care, the English Premier League no longer resides in England. Now the home country of top-flight football is this land called Barclays. Barclays ain't no country I ever heard of. Do they speak English in Barclays?