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19 October 2012 ~
John Terry's not appealing.
Badge of the week ~ Chelsea
Chelsea's badge alludes to an unsuccessful corporate experiment of the 1950s (when this image was introduced), which seconded lions to the role of Crossing Patrol in many London boroughs as part of a broader human-lion integration scheme countrywide. A previous project, to incorporate lions gradually into the police service, was abandoned because the lions' paws were too big to type up their notes. At first the Crossing Patrol project ran smoothly, with the lions careful to wait for a group of schoolchildren to amass at the kerb rather than stopping the traffic for each individual.
Problems started to arise, however, after lunchtime, when lions are traditionally at their most sleepy. At home time, many of them, still a bit grouchy from their nap, started to respond badly to criticism from impatient motorists. It began with severe glares, progressed to verbal abuse and escalated swiftly to the owner of a Peugeot 403 getting eaten from the knees up. As a result, the lions were returned to their zoos, although integration experiments continued into the early 1960s – cow astronauts, ibis playground supervisors – until they were discontinued indefinitely following the Cuban Missile Crisis. Chelsea's crest says: "Don’t mess with us, we're not in the game to make friends." Cameron Carter
from Richard Orrell
"Is it childish to find the second line of Shepshed Dynamo's address funny? Probably, yes."
from David Adams
"Is this German newsstand making a point about Louis van Gaal?"
from Simon Melville
"There's a hell of a metaphor at work in the intro to this story about Bournemouth."
Steve McManaman hasn't lost his Spanish since leaving Madrid. The accent needs a bit of work, though.
from Stuart Stratford
"I’m not sure but I think this paragraph on Spurs' Wikipedia page might be a fib."
Getting shirty Notable kits of yesteryear
Grêmio home, 1987-89
One of the most recognisable jerseys in Brazilian football, Grêmio's blue, black and white tricolor dates back to the early 1900s. The choice of colours was motivated partly by market forces – the original design of blue and tan had to be abandoned when brown fabric proved too tricky to source, leading to its replacement by a pragmatic black.
This shirt from the late 1980s, produced by Brazilian sportswear giant Penalty (the English spelling, rather than the Portuguese pênalti, hints at the country's occasional infatuation with Anglophone culture), is a notable vintage for two reasons. Firstly, it was the result of some hardball negotiating with sponsors Coca-Cola in 1987. Grêmio rejected Coca-Cola's traditional logo – whose red and white colour scheme coincides with that of the club's fiercest rivals, Internacional – insisting instead on a black background.
Secondly, the shirt was still in use when the club won the inaugural Copa do Brasil in 1989. Goals from midfielders Assis and Cuca (who would later have a brief and unsuccessful spell as Grêmio manager) gave the Imortal Tricolor a 2-1 aggregate win over Sport in the final. Jack Lang