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PHOTO: THINGS THAT ARE SMOKEY ALWAYS LOOK COOL. LIKE THIS PHOTO. AND GLASS.
This is a sufficiently awesome photo from the Sporting Kansas City v. Red Bulls match on Sunday. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
TWO DAYS IN A ROW. I THINK I MIGHT HAVE A PROBLEM. SOMEONE HELP?
I’m linking to the (gag) Daily Mail again, but only because this is a really interesting possibility that seems pretty likely at this point. Nike to replace Umbro as England’s kit maker. // Daily Mail
I NEED A BIG SIGN THAT SAYS ‘WATCH THAT SPACE’, BECAUSE YOU TOTALLY SHOULD.
Steve Welsh of miniboro.com fame has an experimental playground that now includes little Sensible Soccer animations. I could watch those blocky little guys forever and ever. // miniboro.com Experimental
WAIT. HOW ON EARTH DOES HE MANAGE TO LOOK COOL IN THIS SHOT? IT’S LIKE MAGIC.
Don’t you worry you’re pretty little head about Dmitar Berbatov. He’s doing just fine because his agent is making him dinner. // Dirty Tackle
PHOTO: EITHER HE’S SINGING IN A FLAMBOYANT STYLE, OR HE’S SURPRISED BY SOMETHING. I THINK HE’S SINGING.
Sporting Kansas City’s Aurelien Collin does whatever he’s doing in this photo.
JONATHAN WILSON WILL NOW INFLICT DEATH BY QUESTION MARK.
The Guardian’s resident dean of tactics takes on a puzzling move to a three-man back line. // The Guardian
I THINK DRIVING ANYTHING ELSE IS WORSE THAN HAVING NO CAR AT ALL.
Fergie says players under the age of 23 aren’t allowed to choose the Corvette as their free car from United sponsor Cheverolet. // Off the Post
NO ONE HAD ANY IDEA THIS MIGHT GO BADLY. NO ONE I SAY. STOP SNICKERING.
Didier and Nic are in a bit of a Shanghai pickle as issues of control at their club means they might not get paid. Skeedaddle! // Reuters
PHOTO: OH. HI CHRISTIE. THE YANKEES, HUH? OKAY, WHATEVER. BOO.
USWNT start Christie Rampone put on that terrible cap and threw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium.
I’M STILL NOT ENTIRELY COMFORTABLE WITH THE STRANGE CHOICE OF CAPITALIZATION.
More on beIN Sport, the new network that has all of the soccer but isn’t available to most Americans yet. We’re missing Leo, dammit. // Grantland
OOH, I KNOW: BOTH OF THEM WILL SCORE A TRUCKLOAD OF GOALS. BOOK IT.
A series of predictions for Messi and Ronaldo sure to come true. // Bleacher Report
ADD A LITTLE SMOKE TO KCKRS AND IT WOULD BE BADASS. A LITTLE COUGHY, MAYBE, BUT IT WOULD LOOK AMAZING.