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PHOTO: THE KEEPER BREED IS JUDGED ON THE CONDITION OF ITS TEETH AND THE SHEEN OF ITS COAT.
Rapid Bucharest keeper Danut Coman gets treatment during a Europa League match against PSV Eindhoven. This involved checking his teeth like a dog, apparently. (REUTERS)
RETURN OF THE ROWDIES.
After a long legal struggle, the NASL club in Tampa Bay has won the right to call themselves the Rowdies. It’s like 1975 all over again. // SBNation
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN LA IN JANUARY: 68 F/20 C. AVERAGE TEMP IN LIVERPOOL IN JANUARY: 44 F/7 C. WOOF.
Landon Donovan has decided to give up his winter in sunny LA for the chilly environs of Merseyside. Again. // Everton FC
‘AMBITION’, A NEW FRAGRANCE BY MLS.
Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl ranks the MLS teams by amount of ambition, something that could shape the future of the league. // Sports Illustrated
PHOTO: DOWN GOES VILLA.
A series of photos shows David Villa breaking his shin again Al-Sadd at the Club World Cup. For best effect, move your eyes really fast from the top photo to the bottom photo, so it’s like a little movie. Or go find a video. Either one really. (REUTERS)
‘RANDOM IKER’ WOULD BE A KICK ASS NAME FOR A BAND.
Congrats Houston, on making some scratch from the naming rights for your soon-to-be-opened digs. Congrats from KCKRS and congrats from…Iker Casillas? Okay then. // The Offside Rules
MARIO DEMANDS PERFECTION.
Why did Mario Balotelli and Micah Richards scuffle at Man City training? Because Micah couldn’t hit a decent pass. He deserved to be castigated in Italian if you ask me. // Off the Post
‘LEVANTE’ JUST SOUNDS LIKE A SUPER CHIC FASHION LINE.
Watch the Levante boys strut their stuff on the runway. Is that a t-shirt with the Lee jeans logo? What? // Kickette
PHOTO: ONE, TWO, THREE. WAIT, HOW MANY SUBS DO I GET?
Harry is counting something. What could it be? Fouls? Goals? Number of times he passed gas during the game? (REUTERS)
MOTIVATION THROUGH FEAR. TOTALLY A PROVEN TACTIC THAT WORKS EVERY TIME.
“Play better” says Owen Coyle, manager of relegation candidate Bolton, “or you won’t be getting a new contract.” That’ll work. // BBC Football
I CAN’T PUT MY FINGER ON THE THING THESE HAVE IN COMMON. ANGLES OR SOMETHING.
The Europa League ties that matter, according to a Yank wearing official Barclays Premier League™ Blinders, brought to you by Sky. // Surreal Football
BACK WHEN CIGARS WERE COOL AND THE PEOPLE WHO SMOKED THEM WEREN’T PRETENTIOUS JERKS.
1966 England commemorative World Cup winners cigar bands, because that’s what they did in 1966. // Footysphere
PHOTO: THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA.
This is a photo of the match-ups in some European competition people seem to enjoy. Whose idea of joke was it to leave out Manchester Unit…oh, right. (REUTERS)
IT’S AN OMEN. OF WHAT EXACTLY, I DON’T KNOW.
Man City’s Europa League draw ball wouldn’t open, proving that opening balls is harder than it looks. // 101GG
WATCH MEXICAN FUTBOL BECAUSE WE SAY SO! NO, ACTUALLY, WATCH IT FOR THESE GOOD REASONS.
Why Americans should pay attention to the league that plays south of the border. // Bleacher Report
HEY LANDON, CAN WE HOUSE SIT FOR YOU WHILE YOU’RE GONE? AND CAN WE USE THE POOL? AND MAYBE HAVE A FEW FRIENDS OVER? WE’LL TOTALLY KEEP IT SMALL.
It’s a “get together” not a party, dude. Chillax. Follow KCKRS on Twitter and like KCKRS on Facebook. And yes, we know the email pop-up is annoying, but it’s really, really important you sign up. Like a caterpillar into a butterfly, KCKRS is metamorphosizing. We’ll have really cool wings, too. Maybe with flames. That would rule.