Then the head of FIFA and the president of UEFA (Europe) were arrested. All of this scandal led to one of the greatest pieces of video you’ll ever see:
Gonzalo Higuain (42g in 42 – Napoli),
Sergio Aguero (35 in 54 – Man City) coming off of the bleeping bench,
Angel DiMaria (18g 22a in 59 – PSG),
Nicolas Otamendi-Man City,
Ramiro Funes Mori-Liverpool,
Pablo Zabaleta-Man City,
Marcos Rojo-Man United,
Erik Lamela-Tottenham Hotspur, & oh, yeah,
Paulo Dybala (21 g in 45 for Juventus)
Euro 2016 was so screwed up because they tried to fit more teams than 16 in the tournament that the round-robin only got rid of 8 of the 24 teams. This means that 4 or 6 THIRD place group teams made the knockout stage. The knockout bracket got totally screwed up with: England, Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Slovakia, Ireland and Iceland on one side of the bracket while the other side had 2-3 good teams in Belgium, Wales and Portugal. Northern Ireland didn’t beat Wales despite Will Grigg being on fire and your defense being terrified:
So, we now have to live in a world where Cristiano Ronaldo has won a major international competition before Lionel Messi because Ronaldo’s teammates came through after he got injured 8 minutes into the final, while Messi’s teammates did their impression of Mama Cass eating a ham sammich in their last 3 finals.
Portugal played 7 matches. Their record in regulation: 1-0-6. 0-0-3 in group. Extra time win v. Croatia, PK shootout win v Poland, 2-0 over Wales in regular time. Extra time win over France.
When he wasn’t chucking a reporter’s microphone into a lovely French lake, he managed to act like a lunatic during the quarterfinal PK shootout with Poland and then, despite getting hurt in the final, continuing to be the main story through his ‘leadership.‘ Just when you thought this couldn’t get ANY nuttier, his crazy-ass sister (who wanted people that vandalized her brother’s bronze statue exiled to Syria) compared him and his suffering to… ‘CHRIST ON THE CROSS!!!’
Meanwhile, Argentina goes 5-0-1 in regulation in the whole tournament, outscores their opponents 18-2, but loses in a penalty shootout to defending Copa champions Chile.
This… THIS is the world we have to live in now?
Baylor had a huge sexual assault scandal that cost Art Briles his job and SHOULD have cost Ken Starr and multiple other administrators THEIR jobs. It didn’t, though, because apparently they decided not to produce an investigative report on the findings specifically to protect the school from lawsuits… You read that right.
Mark Richt moves from HC of Georgia to HC of Miami (FL)
Kirby Smart goes from DC of Alabama to HC of Georgia
Deshaun Watson & Christian McCaffrey: Heisman contenders
Alabama… still pretty good. Michigan… on the rise.
Opening weekend looks insane!
9/2 Kansas State @ (11) Stanford
9/3 (3) Oklahoma @ (12) Houston
(6) LSU @ Wisconsin – In Lambeau Field!!!
(24) UCLA @ Texas A&M
(20) North Carolina @ (22) Georgia – Georgia Dome
(2) Alabama v (19) Southern California – AT&T stadium, Dallas
(1) Clemson @ Auburn
9/4 (9) Notre Dame @ Texas
9/5 (4) Florida State v (14) Ole Miss – Citrus Bowl, Orlando
From doing the ‘Running Man Challenge’ with his brothers, to going on Jimmy Kimmel to explain if he was or wasn’t naked during his GQ photo shoot, to the 4th of July.
What does Gronk do for the 4th or July?
He DOESN’T do this, now does he… Swaggy P?
He does a Taco Party in Cali, followed by sharing a TBT (Throwback Thursday) picture of him in middle school, he has Waka Flocka Flame comparing himself to Gronk, and acts as a therapist for Margot Robbie during the ESPYs. After that, he takes his girlfriend, Camille Kostek, to the Nickelodeon Kids’ choice awards AND having a dance-off with Ciara.
Ciara, if you didn’t know is the freshly-minted Mrs. Russell Wilson. Russell famously wouldn’t have sex with Ciara before they were married, then went on social media and bragged (nsfw words in the link) about it. Classy.
Around the League:
Tom Brady (QB, NE) is suspended for the first 4 games of the year and the Patriots were fined $1M and lost a 1st and 4th round pick for something that happened 500+ days ago even the NFL rules P 31, 8.13.A.4 states that the offending club be fined not in excess of $500.000.
Martavis Bryant(WR, Pit) suspended 1 year for violating league substance abuse policy.
Johnny Manziel (QB, FA) suspended 4 games for violating league substance abuse policy.
Karlos Williams (RB, Buf) suspended 4 games for violating league substance abuse policy.
Marcel Reece (RB, Oak) suspended 3 games for violating league PED Policy.
Nick Boyle (TE, Bal) suspended 10 games for violating league PED policy.
The season begins Thursday 9/8 (less than 2 months), so I will be looking to schedule something on Wed 9/7 at Hooters in West Springfield. I will let all of you know when there is something solid for draft night.