QWK KCKS: The Agony and the Ecstasy

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Written By Chris Azzopardi

QWK KCKS is our way of helping you get your day started with a refreshing blast of football culture right in your face.

 

PHOTO: THIS TIME, IT’S MESSI AND BARCA LEFT TO WONDER WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED.

These two photos of Lionel Messi—that’s blurry Ashley Cole celebrating in the photo at the top—just about sum it all up. It was the post that did it. (Reuters and Getty)
 

I ALMOST GOT MAD. THEN I REMEMBERED WHAT TYPE OF PEOPLE READ PEOPLE.

Congrats to Kaka, who is the world’s most popular athlete on Twitter and just crossed the 10 million follower mark. Here’s an article about it with People magazine being dumb. // People

 

THIS IS JUST A CLASSY WAY TO SAY THEY SUCK ON A STICK, RIGHT?

Dear TFC: You are now being analogized with a painting titled “The Triumph of Death.” This is really, really not good. // The Footy Blog

 

JOHN TERRY PREFERS TO GIVE IT TO YOU FROM BEHIND. AHEM.

The best part about John Terry’s stupid, stupid red card offense in yesterday’s Barca-Chelsea match was the look of incredulity on his face. Really, John? You don’t know why you’re off?

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STILL NOT SURE? HERE, LET ME HELP. FYI, THERE ARE A BILLION CAMERAS ON YOU RIGHT NOW.

This video is why you’re off, John, and THE WHOLE WORLD SAW YOU DO IT. // Dirty Tackle

 

IMAGE: I DO NOT HESITATE TO SAY THIS IS THE BEST THING YOU WILL SEE ALL DAY.

Zero hesitation. Negative hesitation, whatever you call that. As Richard Whittall said on Twitter, take a bow Reddit Soccer community. (via @rwhittall)

 

RAISE YOUR GLASS TO BRUNO NERI, A PRINCIPLED PLAYER IN A DANGEROUS TIME.

These little bits of unknown history always bring a smile to my face. Famous for refusing the fascist salute in a 1931 photograph, Italian player Bruno Neri spent the remainder of his life fighting against Mussolini’s regime. // When Saturday Comes

 

THE ORIGINAL SURFING SOCCER DUDE HANGS ‘EM UP. ANYONE ELSE FEELING OLD?

A goodbye to the playing career of one Frankie Hejduk, a guy who never took himself or soccer too seriously. // Run of Play

 

PHOTO: WHAT’S SERBIAN FOR ‘WEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!’?

Ivanovic had a blast, sliding across the Camp Nou pitch. Then he found out he’ll miss the final. (Getty Images)

 

VIDEO: ‘ZIZOU’ JUST SOUNDS LIKE A MAGICAL WORD THAT WILL OPEN DOORS.

Here’s a very cool story from journalist Kurt Pitzer about his time in Palestine and the magical bonding power of soccer. (YouTube)

 

THIS IS WHAT MELVILLE WAS WRITING ABOUT. OH WAIT, WHITE WHALE.

Barca fell because they have a problem with white buses. // A Football Report

 

WHY DO THINGS NEVER GO ‘UP IN HISTORY’? HMMM? ANYONE?

Chelsea’s win is going to go down, down, down in his-tor-y. // Bleacher Report

 

I WILL NOW ATTEMPT TO PROPERLY FRAME WHAT WE WITNESSED YESTERDAY: G^&RD$&(HVDY(*NF$*( @^.

So Real Madrid-Bayern Munich today? Yawn. If it’s not like a medieval siege, with one side lobbing ineffectual boulders into stout ramparts over and over again, I don’t want to watch. I’m kidding. Where’s my helmet? Follow us and like us, won’t you?

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