Soccer Injuries Can Be Awesome

Wednesday, June 25, 2008


During the semifinal match between Germany and Turkey there was a pretty awesome collision of heads during the first half. Both players were blooded but it was the Turkish player who needed the staple gun brought out....

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I love how the ref just starts laughing for some reason. Soccer is full of drama queens but this shows what really can go down. The German player even had to leave the game for stitches. Good times!

I won't ruin the end of the game if you're taping, but lightning out ESPN's feed, and is apparently was causing problems around the World. We missed about 20 minutes and the end of an amazing game. It doesn't appear to be ESPN's fault, but it was still crappy.

Didn't I tell you not having your commentators there was a bad idea? They could have at least had the audio of the commentators to let us know what was going on. Oh well.

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 4:15 PM

21 Comments:

ESPN is just a fantastic company.

GMoney said...
Jun 25, 2008, 5:18:00 PM  

This time, the loss of the feed wasn't ESPN's fault. The viewers in Germany, Great Britain, Spain, France and China didn't have the picture.

German television even used the feed from Swiss television, so the viewers in Germany missed only about 5 minutes.

Anonymous said...
Jun 25, 2008, 5:29:00 PM  

ESPN actually did us all a favor.

Anonymous said...
Jun 25, 2008, 5:53:00 PM  

That is pretty bad-ass, getting your head stapled (!!) in the middle of a game. I still think they need a flopping violation like they're talking about for the NBA. That's what makes soccer unwatchable for me. I really enjoy watching World Cup games and other big matches, but by the end of them I always feel slightly pissed off at all the faking.

Jay said...
Jun 25, 2008, 5:55:00 PM  

Why could ESPN get the feed of the Fan Zone outside the stadium, but not the feed inside the stadium? Would the lightning strike take that out as well?

Inky said...
Jun 25, 2008, 6:26:00 PM  

Healey and Gray are going to call the final!

Anonymous said...
Jun 25, 2008, 6:28:00 PM  

I was watching it at work on 360. And it wasn't the Internet's fault! How many Americans watched it on 360 today, at work? 5, 10?

Brent said...
Jun 25, 2008, 8:00:00 PM  

unrelated but just had to point out the rick reilly ad on espn i just saw: "sportswriters are not often household names, so rick reilly has to be kinda good"...uh yeah

Evan said...
Jun 25, 2008, 8:28:00 PM  

The replay (without technical difficulties) was supposed to start on ESPN Classic @ 9pm.

Off topic: BWAAAAAHHAAAHHAAAHHAAAHAAAAA

Brandon Inge Sucks said...
Jun 25, 2008, 9:04:00 PM  

Did you see Lahm's girlfriend? My god. He is like 5'2 and she is a 5'10 knockout.

James said...
Jun 25, 2008, 9:11:00 PM  

@jay: Soccer does have a flopping violation. Simulating a foul or injury is supposed to draw a yellow card from the referee. And you can't argue that other popular sports- pro football (running into the kicker), MLB (I swear that pitch hit my arm!), NBA/Col Basketball ("taking a charge"), doesn't have just as big a problem.

On another note, the Euro final should be HUGE! Looking forward to it down here in Australia.

aus said...
Jun 25, 2008, 9:24:00 PM  

Here in Britain we lost pictures for about 15 minutes total, in 2 separate spots. We missed Germany's goal to take the lead 2-1, but we saw the end of the match.

Anonymous said...
Jun 25, 2008, 9:46:00 PM  

Thank you so much "brandon inge sucks". I'm turning it on now. I was so pissed when the feed went out for those 2 goals.

Anon at 6:28, where did you get the information that Healey and Gray are doing the finals? I figured for sure that it would be Derek Rae and Tommy Smyth doing it.

Anonymous said...
Jun 25, 2008, 9:47:00 PM  

who gives a fuck? it's soccer, you capri sun assholes.

Anonymous said...
Jun 25, 2008, 10:42:00 PM  

what exactly happened when the feed went out? what caused it to happen

mike said...
Jun 25, 2008, 10:49:00 PM  
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Jun 25, 2008, 11:02:00 PM  

@Anon 10:42:

I'm certainly not the biggest soccer fan out there, but even I tuned into the ESPN Classic replay. Well, that and the fact the Tigers lead the Majors in 2 1/2 hour rain delays. FSN Detroit: Kenny Rogers grew up on a strawberry farm. We know.

Jun 25, 2008, 11:05:00 PM  

It's actually Rae and Gray that will be calling the final.

Anonymous said...
Jun 25, 2008, 11:33:00 PM  

yea that was pretty awesome but with all due respect here there needs to be a post about fresno state winning the college world series. they were a 4 seed in regionals which is the equivalent of a 13-16 seeded team winning the NCAA basketball tourney. they only made the tournament for the automatic bid from winning the WAC conference tournament. this is undoubtedly the greatest Cinderella story in the history of college sports.

Troy said...
Jun 26, 2008, 1:24:00 AM  

HOLY CRAP I just saw a commercial for the Olympics or something with Morgan Freeman narrating and was unbelievable. You HAVE to put this online. Is it the start of a summer full of Morgan Freeman-narrated commercials?!? I hope so...

(This one's about some 1992 track runner who pulled a hammy and his dad helped him finish == perfect Morgan Freeman material.)

Jay said...
Jun 26, 2008, 1:44:00 AM  

Also perfect Morgan Freeman material - doing a voice over of the Shawn Chacon story:

"Shawn didn't like being relegated to the bullpen. So when GM Ed Wade wanted to speak to him in his office, Shawn let his hands to the talking and choked that bitch out."

Anonymous said...
Jun 26, 2008, 2:15:00 AM  

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