Ben Amos’ thoughts on David de Gea’s brilliant saves:
1) Coentrao controlled - vs Real Madrid, Santiago Bernabeu
Out of all the saves he made I think this is right up there. The occasion’s the biggest thing here. It was a massive game, away at Real Madrid in the Champions League. If that had gone in we could have struggled a little. It was an important save at an important time. The ball’s come around a defender, which can be tough, although the Madrid player probably couldn’t have hit it in any other spot in that situation.
2) Scissorkick save - vs Real Madrid, Santiago Bernabeu
This one’s crazy! But, fair play, he’s kept it out. To even think of doing that is genius. But it’s probably instinct. He won’t have thought about doing that - that was just his reaction in the spur of the moment. A lot of people have opinions on how a goalkeeper should play but if you keep the ball out of the net that’s all that matters.
3) Taming Torres - vs Chelsea, Stamford Bridge
That’s a really good save, arguably as good as the first one against Real Madrid. In that situation, Torres could have gone either way - back across him to the far post or, as he has done, to the near post - so he has to wait long enough until he makes contact and sees where it’s heading. You’d expect him to go to the back post here but he’s gone towards the near post and David’s clawed it out with a strong hand.
4) Rueful Ruiz - vs Fulham, Craven Cottage
At the time I didn’t think he got a touch on this. I was on the bench and thought the ball hit the post. But when you watch it again you realise what a good save it was.
5) Leggy at the lane - vs Tottenham, White Hart Lane
He’s started to go one way and then he’s been quick enough to react and thrust out his leg and his arm - I don’t actually know what part of the body he’s saved that with - and turn it around the post. Again, though, he’d have been in similar situations in training plenty of times and in matches it comes down to instinct. I know Tottenham ended up getting a late equaliser but at that stage of the game it was a massively important save.
Every man’s part time job must be combatting these perceptions, and the harms that arise from them.
What’s a search engine know, anyway?
Jesus this is powerful.
If you type into Google “Women need to”, one of the top suggestions is actually “Women need to shut up”.
Really love this standup set from Mae Martin. Really, really solid.
Abusive Pep is Abusive.
How far will the Red Bull Revolution go?
Germany, or at least part of Germany, has stopped to watch. The Bull throws his athletic, muscular frame between the enemy and the ball, touches the ball out of reach, and with explosive power and elegance that belies such a powerful beast, he ghosts past two more and stabs the ball goalwards. He may have been isolated, but luck is on the Bull’s side as an opposition defender inadvertently nods the airborne ball inside the near post and past the hapless goalkeeper, undoing ninety-five minutes of hard work. The lone Bull wheels away in victory, joining the awaiting herd of Bulls as they charge towards the sudden explosion of raucous applause emanating from the sea of white and red. The roar of the eleven on the field can be heard above the wall of noise coming from the stands as if in tribute to the scarlet Bulls adoring their shirts. Glory will be returning to Leipzig this fine day.
RB Leipzig would go on to add another, from the penalty spot in the second half of extra time, ensuring the overall victory and promotion to the third tier of German Football for the latest addition to Red Bull’s football project. RB Leipzig, along with FC Red Bull Salzburg, New York Red Bulls, Red Bull Brasil and Red Bull Ghana make up Red Bull’s portfolio of football teams, giving Red Bull a foothold in some of the biggest football markets across the world. Red Bull, the energy drink manufacturer founded in 1987, have a massive presence in the sports industry, having founded popular sporting events such as Flugtag and Red Bull X-Fighters (and many, many more extreme sporting events all over the world), in addition to owning numerous sports teams including EC Red Bull Salzburg (an Austrian Ice Hockey team) and the very successful Formula 1 team Red Bull Racing (and its sister team Toro Rosso). Having ‘conquered’ the extreme sports world, football seemed to be the logical next step; the immense following and truly global reach of the beautiful game provided the moguls at Red Bull with the perfect backdrop to take their business empire to the next level.
This is pretty cool and eye-opening. I wish someone would do this sort of thing with male 6-pack ab models.
They even Photoshopped the woman behind Selena’s arm, because apparently not only do celebrities have to be thin, but they must also only associate with other thin people…
Enrico Francis has been caught
This pisses me off so incredibly much!
This is ridiculous. And disgusting. beautiful people being photoshopped to fit impossible standards AND most of the non-caucasian women are being white washed so they look more “appealing”
SO ANGRY. I can’t find the words to say just exactly what I feel about this…gahhhhhh just no.
AND THEY FUCKING PHOTOSHOPPED OUT “ELTON JOHN AIDS FOUNDATION” FOR THIS ENRICO FRANCIS DUDE HOLY FUCK
It is always good to remember that you can be lied to in pictures…