OTP Podcast: Episode 29 – Haunted Hoops
Down to the bare bones
With the unfortunate Clint Hill denied a certain goal at the weekend, the Pod looks at the unsightly event that is set to rumble on in QPR’s stomachs like an uncooked curry. While some analysts went for the insightful technology debate angle, we opted to meditate on whether ‘ghost’ goals haunt their victims. Will an apparition of Adam Bogdan stalk Hill for the rest of his career?
Also this week – aptly in the lead up to Easter – a theme of resurrection arises: the title race is alive and kicking, Steve Kean may finally have tamed his critics and Alex McLeish takes a gamble and wins big against all the odds with the last throw of a desperate dice at Villa Park.
After paranormal and spiritual chats were sufficiently tied up, we finally got gritty with an X-rated edition of the internationally acclaimed Around The World Feature. We’ll flag up a fiery Ghanaian player who headed up the biggest body-count since the Rambo trilogy and Polish hooliganism rearing its firecracker head at a school gymnasium.
With Alex and producer Stu absent (reportedly being used as human dumbells for big Pavel Pogrebnyak), Paddy and Ben go it alone, cursing the Pod’s limited squad depth and resigned to grinding out a plucky performance.
This passionate Manchester City fan proves that emotional breakdowns are no longer the preserve of relegation misery. Distraught at throwing away the Premier League lead or moved by Swansea’s beautiful passing triangles? It could well be both.
Simulation is crippling the modern game quite literally in the Belgium amateur divisions. When a player is unconscious and a wheeled off in to an ambulance, you either have to commend the player for the biggest dive in footballing history or lambast the ref for one of the most misjudged red cards ever made.
This superb clip can only be improved by listening to Drowning Pool’s Let The Bodies Hit The Floor at the same time. Idiotic rampages don’t get much better than this. We’ve always wondered how Dnipro’s Derek Boateng would do in The Gladiators gauntlet and now we finally know. He would have absolutely nailed the likes of Shadow and Saracen and hopefully John Fashanu too.
Whilst Polish side Lech Poznan have given Manchester City fans a memorable goal celebration, they have also given the world hooliganism on a grass-roots level. Exhibit A – an under 8s match was called off last week after pissed up Poznan fans stormed the gymnasium with flares, booze, chants and obligatory streamers. The only thing missing for the trembling away side is a ‘Welcome to Hell’ banner.
The Pod is resigned to Wigan staying up – little by little they drip-feed themselves points throughout the season, timing their consistent mediocrity to absolute perfection. As promised in the show, we’ve dug up the photoshopped film poster that so aptly encapsulates Wigan’s repetitive survival against the drop. Has any one ever seen Zach Efron and Roberto Martinez in the same room?
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