For those fans of my Channel 4 NFL show with Mike Carlson who haven’t checkout out our weekly US Sports (& occasional pop culture) podcast Americarnage, here it is www.americarnage.co.uk Mike & I co-host with our friend, the stand comedian … Continue reading →
- Back-Up Abstract
Ah, the back-up quarterback. The most fascinating and most misunderstood position in football – apart from the long snapper. You have seen them – the back-up QB: months and months of hanging around on the sidelines toting the mandatory clipboard, … Continue reading →
- He’s Chevy Chase….and you’re not
It is one of the most logical aspects of existence: in order for there to be light, there must be dark. It explains how in a world where New Kids On The Block can announce a new world tour, leading … Continue reading →
- Defending Bobby V.
So who’d have thunk it? Bobby Valentine is more polarizing a topic in Boston than the political merits of Sarah Palin, the legacy of Roger Moore’s James Bond and who’d play (JF) Kennedy if Hollywood made a biopic tomorrow (afterMoneyball, … Continue reading →
- Fight, inc.
Everyone has their favorite Rocky moment. Mine? It’s the end of Rocky IV, when Balboa, having defeated the seemingly unstoppable Russian Ivan Drago in his own backyard, and won over the hardened Muscovites in the process, launches into one of the most … Continue reading →
- The Next President?
It was our generation’s JFK moment. A young, dynamic orator swept across the USA, who no-one saw coming. The irony here being that his detractors would laser in on his provenance as a major cause for concern. The 80s had Nike, … Continue reading →
There are moments in life when I really feel blessed. The birth of both of my children for example. Or winding around the Amalfi Coast on a blazing hot August afternoon. Or that episode of Baywatch when Mitch pulled a … Continue reading →
- The Comeback Kids
America loves a comeback kid; always has, always will. Frank Sinatra, Bill Clinton, and, to a lesser extent, the cast of the Police Academy movies (rest in peace, Charles ‘Bubba’ Smith aka ‘Hightower’ and the overall first round pick and a … Continue reading →
Some tasks seem insurmountable, whichever way you look at them. Like convincing a gaggle of screaming teenage Jonas Brothers fans of the merits of Bob Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues. Or persuading sportscaster Joe Buck – as comedian Sarah Silverman tried to … Continue reading →
- All we are saying, is give (Metta World) Peace a chance….
Discovering a celebrity has changed their name is nothing new. Stage names are almost old as the concept of fame itself. Many A-listers across the globe consider a fake name as essential to the blueprint of fame as owning a … Continue reading →
- Hammer Time
Note to self. Pitch Lord Coe the following idea for the opening ceremony for the Olympics at London 2012 : -MC Hammer + 14 female hammer throwers +represenatatives from Olympic stadium heirs West Ham Utd + man dressed as Pat the … Continue reading →
- (My) Accidental Hero
Throughout life, we all have to live with things about ourselves that we don’t like, or wished we hadn’t done, but we know we’ll never be able to change. My Big 3? -Why do I have the scientific acumen of … Continue reading →
- Believe (Da) Hype?
There’s a certain irony in the fact that in the week that the Red Sox were written off more quickly than Hulk Hogan’s mid-90’s foray onto the silver screen (Mr. Nanny, notwithstanding) Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai broke the world record for … Continue reading →
- One Ocho Cinco, There’s Only One Ocho Cinco….
News that Chad Johnson of the Cincinnati Bengals, arguably the NFL’s most flamboyant superstar, is trying his hand in the MLS should come as no surprise. You think Mario Balotelli is eccentric? Couple of years back Johnson legally changed his … Continue reading →
- Romance isn’t (completely) dead….yet
The now infamous Fernando Torres quote that “romance is dead”, made after his big money move from Liverpool to Chelsea seemed to polarise opinion across the football world. Some could barely bring themselves to type their vitriolic response to a … Continue reading →
- Return of the Brett Pack?
If you think you know cheese you’d better think again. Green Bay, Wisconsin, is the beginning, the middle, and the end, when it comes to our favourite dairy product. Put it this way – if you’re from this town and … Continue reading →
- Crunch Time (or What Would Hogan Do?)
Domination in sports doesn’t come along very often, but when it does, it comes in many shapes & sizes. Track & Field? Usain Bolt or Ed Moses for starters. Tennis? Mr. Roger Federer ladies and gents. The nominees for “Best … Continue reading →
- (XXL) Shadows on Broadway….
It’s not an easy place, being in the shadow of your next-door neighbour. Just ask Ateletico Madrid fans. Or Tyson Gay. Or the guy who replaced Steve Guttenberg/Mahoney in the Police Academy series. And the New York Jets, despite the … Continue reading →
- To Hit…or not to hit….
The fascinatingly swift reaction from the powers that be that run the NFL to come down hard on any player who, well, comes down hard – ah, the irony – seems to have polarised opinion. On the one hand - … Continue reading →
- Vote Harrington in ‘12!
It’s no secret just how much I love the legend that is Joey Harrington. The much maligned prince of draft busts, who has had more NFL teams than a spritzer guzzling table dancer called Cindii (if I could add a … Continue reading →
- Best Podcasts For the (NFL) Off-Season
Think you’ve got it tough in the off season, NFL junkie? Think again, Barney. Like Charlie Sheen, circa the Hot Shots era of hi career, or people who’ve never been exposed to Piers Morgan, sometimes you just don’t realise how … Continue reading →