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PHOTO: AIN’T NO PARTY LIKE A ‘GOING UP’ PARTY CUZ A ‘GOING UP’ PARTY DON’T STOP.
Congratulations to Reading, the first team to secure automatic promotion to the Premier League for 2012-13. Don’t screw it up this time, boys. (GETTY IMAGES)
SWEET. SOCCER ON THE RADIO. AMERICANS WILL LINE UP TO LISTEN, I BET.
Get ready, world: TalkSport is coming to your neck of the woods. // Chicago Tribune
SO YOU CAN’T REALLY SAY THAT HE ‘DODGED A BULLET.’ EVER.
Salvador Cabanas completed his return to the field—despite having a bullet in his head—in Paraguay’s third division on Saturday. // NESN.com
A LINK TO A LINK POST. I THINK I’VE DONE THAT BEFORE. STILL WEIRD.
Check out Whittall’s morning post not because it has links (ours are better) but because he expounds on the worst insult in football: “long balls.” // The Footy Blog
PHOTO: PETR CECH AND JAMAL BLACKMAN PRACTICE FOR THE COMPULSORY LEAPFROG COMPETITION.
Chelsea, totally devoid of pressure, apparently. (AP PHOTO)
AS LONG AS WE DON’T GET INTO A THING WHERE WE’RE COMPARING BOAT SIZES.
MLS is banking on the “rising tides lift all boats” theory when it comes to the popularity of European soccer in the U.S. Really, it’s not a fight they can win, so it’s probably best to try and ride the wave. Ocean metaphors! // The Sporting News
CUE THE RASH OF PARENTS SENDING CARDS TO FOOTBALLERS AND SIGNING THEIR KIDS’ NAMES.
A four-year old Geordie sent Papiss Cisse a welcome card back in January, so Papiss paid the young lad a visit to say thank you. Awww. // Dirty Tackle
THERE MIGHT BE NOTHING IN SPORTS MORE QUESTIONABLE THAN THE IDEA OF ‘PRESSURE.’
Who’s got the pressure? Barca? Chelsea? Di Matteo? Pep? The guy who cleans the boots? // When Saturday Comes
PHOTO: HOW WILL HE KNOW WHAT TO CALL IF WE DON’T THROW OUR HANDS UP?
Oh, look, it’s players appealing for a decision like a bunch of children. (GETTY IMAGES)
EXPANSION REALLY ISN’T EXPANSION IF IT’S PAIR WITH CONTRACTION.
The A-League is heading to Western Sydney, which is kind of a big deal as it stares down some very real issues. Kinda have to get it right. // IBWM
HIT THE THROTTLE ON THAT HYPE MACHINE THAT NEVER REALLY STOPS.
Here’s your El Clasico preview, complete with odds. // Bleacher Report
A PARTY AIN’T A PARTY UNTIL SOMEONE LIGHTS SOMETHING ON FIRE AND NICKLAS BENDTNER BASHES A FEW CARS.
Let’s party like it’s 2006, which is what Reading fans are doing. What was cool in ’06? Was MySpace still popular? Who topped the charts? Bust out “Bad Day” and we’ll play it ironically. Actually, don’t. I hate that song. Follow us and like us.