OTP Podcast: Episode 18 – Catch The Pigeon

Posted by - March 23, 2011 - Podcast

Escape to Vickery

This week’s Off The Post Podcast has a rather ornithological feel to it (in other words, we talk about a pigeon a lot). We’ll be flying through the most sublime and ridiculous of the weekend’s action faster than Geordie Racer on steroids, pecking away at the reputations of the Premier League’s finest, but ultimately acting as the audio equivalent of the scabby bird with the gammy leg that hobbles along the platform at Turnham Green every morning.

On this week’s show we’ll be clutching at all the big issues with our little talons, such as: an interview with South American football expert Tim Vickery, Michael Ballack’s megaphone faux pas, the most violent celebration of all time, crop circles at the Stadium of Light, the ever mysterious David Wheater, and a pigeon tragedy in Brazil.

Of course, we’ve also got a roundup of the best and worst of the weekends action and, as already mentioned, an interview with the much-revered South American football aficionado Tim Vickery, who tells us if the success of Sandro and David Luiz was to be expected and why South American football is absolutely nuts. We even persuaded him to take part in Ben’s very own “unique” South American football quiz. Oo-er.

A few promising players:

Sir Alex Ferguson after being caught using a phone straight from the 1970s at Old Trafford: “Aye, this being sent to the stands by the FA does have its merits you know. I can get the curry order in before the Saturday night rush begins. A nice touchline ban means the Lamb Bhuna is on the table as soon as I get home. Result!”

Michael Ballack leading the Leverkusen fans in a chant of the highly intellectual and thought provoking number “Scheisse FC Koln” which translates to “Shit FC Cologne”. Such a way with words.

Racing Club Ferrol’s delightfully named Rafa Casanova getting more than he bargained for during a team celebration. If any of our listeners have a keen interest in Spanish lower League football and can speak Spanish or read Greek subtitles then please let us know what he said after the game. Judging by his name it was probably something sexy.

Another week, another bird tragedy in South America, but this time it was the much more respectful passing of a pigeon in Brazil. Footage of the interview given by the bird, dubbed “Pele the Pigeon”, at the side of the pitch just before he passed away has been deemed not suitable for broadcast.

Does anyone have any idea what is going on at Sint-Truiden’s ground in Belgium after their 2-0 defeat to Lokeren? Is it an end of season spectacular or did some of their digger-owning fans just get angry? Any ideas, please let us know. Please.

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