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Word on the street—and by “street”, I mean various places on the ubiquitous internet—is that Rangers will be liquidated, forced to start from scratch as a new company. I’ll be honest: I have only a cursory understanding of everything that went down at Rangers. I know it involved taxes and debt, the usual things that sink football clubs. What I do understand is that this is the ultimate gut shot to Rangers dedicated fan base. They certainly had no hand in taking the club down, and now they sit helplessly while an institution they love turns to rubble.
The best everyone can hope for (I think: again, imperfect understanding) is a new Rangers that is financially stronger and more responsible, thereby promising to last. That might mean less trips to European competition, or ceding the crown of Scottish football to Celtic for a number of years (yes, I know that’s an indignity), but neither of those things are as bad as Rangers not existing at all.
I don’t know if Rangers will be allowed back into the Scottish Premier League. If not, I assume their fans will stand by them.
PHOTO: LOOK AT THESE OLD QUEENS, CHEERING ON ENGLAND WITH THEIR DEAD EYES.
I like the goalkeeper gloves. Nice touch. (Getty Images)
THE OBVIOUS JOKE IS A VILLAGE PEOPLE JOKE. MAYBE THE ONLY JOKE. I’M SAD.
Why are Portugal’s players dressed in the garb of various professions in this ad? Who knows. Frankly, who cares. Nani is a doctor! // Invent Football
THE BEST PART IS THAT NONE OF HIS TEAMMATES COULD BE BOTHERED. SKIP AWAY, GLEN. SKIP AWAY.
Glen Johnson was really intent on warming up, skipped away just as the England team came together for the pre-game photo. Hilarious. // 101GG
ALL THIS NEEDS TO BE PERFECT IS THE CARTOON SNORING SOUND EFFECT.
French fan falls asleep during riveting achingly slow England-France match. Because, yeah. Hopefully, his mustache blows up when he exhales. // Dirty Tackle
PHOTO: FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL OF THE AMERICAN SPORTSCENTER ANCHORS IN THE ROOM.
Last night, an ESPN anchor called England “the Brits.” This photo might help him remember: All Englishmen are Brits, but not all Brits are Englishmen. Got it, Bram? (Getty Images)
AWW, THE GOOD OLD DAYS, WHEN STRIPS WERE SIMPLE AND THE MUSTACHES LUSTROUS.
Take a trip though the history of Euro kits—up to 1984—at the preeminent sports uniform blog. // UniWatch
GIF: WE INTERRUPT THIS POST TO BRING YOU A CUTE UKRAINIAN KID.
Shevchenko provides the joy, this kid expresses it. Bowl cut for the win.
‘LIKE PEASANTS WITH MONEY’ IS THE NAME OF MY NEXT FULL LENGTH STUDIO ALBUM.
Ex-Newcastle man Danny Guthrie got married. It was not a sedate affair. Do the words “flying shellfish” mean anything to you? // HuffPost
PHOTO: FORGET WHAT IT’S DONE TO HIS FACE. HOW MANY HOURS HAS THIS GUY WASTED SITTING IN A CHAIR?
This is Roy. He has tattoos. He likes Leeds and England, and can stomach Budweiser. (Reuters)
I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO GET A KNOCK ON MY DOOR FROM A PRIZE PATROL.
Mauro Rosales, Chris Pontius, Freddy Adu, and CJ Sapong feature in a very dorky, but mildly amusing XBox ad. // Sounder at Heart
YES, THOSE WORLD RENOWNED INTERNATIONAL PEACEKEEPERS, THE IRISH.
These vids are bound to pop up every day or two, featuring showdowns between police and fans at Euro 2012. This one features Polish police versus Croatian fans. // Deadspin
EURO DAY…HELL, WHAT DAY IS THIS? I’VE LOST TRACK ALREADY. GOT A GOOD NAP IN DURING THAT ENGLAND-FRANCE GAME THOUGH.