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Soccer player fondly recalls kicking a rude fan

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: March 4, 2011 - 12:19 PM

Just to keep the “Sports” tag alive, here’s a tidbit from today’s celebrity wire. The director of football for the New York Cosmos looks back on his career, and recalls with happiness and pride the time he kicked a spectator:

Manchester United legend Eric Cantona has claimed that his infamous kung fu-style kick on a Crystal Palace fan was the highlight of his career.

The Frenchman was banned in 1995 after launching himself into the crowd with a kick at Palace fan Matthew Simmons after being sent off.

"When I did the kung fu kick on the hooligan, because these kind of people don't have to be at the game.

"I think maybe it's like a dream for some, you know sometimes to kick these kind of people.

 "So I did it for them. So they are happy. It's a kind of freedom for them."

If you’re wondering whether the clip of a 16 year old kick can be found on YouTube, well, of course.




By the way, a detail from his wikipedia page about the fallout from the kick:

Simmons was later tried for threatening language and behaviour. He received a seven-day prison sentence, but was released the next day.  It was also revealed that Simmons had previous criminal convictions, including an attempted violent robbery in 1992 where he had attacked a Sri Lankan petrol station worker with a spanner in Croydon, and that he had attended a National Front rally a short time before the Selhurst Park incident.


Beckham's libel case tossed out

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: February 15, 2011 - 8:56 AM


Yes, you can say anything you want about these people. The public has a right to know!


A federal judge on Monday dismissed David Beckham's libel and slander lawsuit against In Touch magazine over a story that claimed he cheated on his wife with a prostitute. Beckham's attorney, Richard B. Kendall, vowed to appeal the ruling and disprove the celebrity tabloid's claims about the international soccer star, who is married to a former Spice Girl.

 U.S. District Judge Manuel Real said in his ruling that Beckham is a public figure and his attorneys hadn't shown any evidence In Touch published the story with malice. He also said that allegations of any infidelity by Beckham would be of interest to the public.

No malice? No, of course not. It bothered In Touch deeply to run the story, and it was their way of telling Becks to get help. As for whether you can print false stories because a person’s infidelities are interesting to the public, well, lots of things are interesting to the public, including the contents of your medicine chest, but that doesn't mean a magazine can pay someone to say you use Preparation H to shrink those under-eye bags. It's the shark oil, I understand. That's the active ingredient.

Anyway, he won a similar case against the mag in Germany. in Touch didn't publish the story in the UK, because their libel laws are much, much stricter. Good thing for him there's an invisible data barrier that keeps the internet from penetrating  the UK;  unless someone sneaks in a copy of the mag through the Chunnel,  his reputation's safe.

Everyone in America hated the Peas

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: February 7, 2011 - 12:05 PM

 Granted, they were a bit more understand in New Mexico, but not by much. 


Spoke too soon; here's the latest verdict.


Go here to mouse over the states to see how they voted. 

Sycho Sid arrested for - wait, who?

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: January 24, 2011 - 12:05 PM

Have you ever heard of this guy? Apparently that Mickey Rourke movie was closer to the truth than you realized?

Wrestler "Sycho Sid" Eudy is free on bail after being arrested in Memphis on a marijuana possession charge.


Police say they pulled the 50-year-old Eudy over Friday for not wearing a seatbelt. WMC-TV in Memphis reports an officer saw a bag containing 18 grams of marijuana on an arm rest in the car. Eudy also faces charges of driving without a license. He was released on $1,000 bond.


Eudy, of Marion, Ark., was known as Sid Vicious in World Championship Wrestling, and as Sid Justice and Sycho Sid in the World Wrestling Federation. A message left Sunday for Memphis police was not immediately returned.

There’s a big difference between Sid Vicious and Sid Justice. Sid Vicious, after all, was a drug-addled talentless moron who killed his girlfrriend. He also had the muscle tone of a bag full of rubber bands. Did you know Sid has his own theme? He does, complete with “Psycho” style strings. If you’re not a fan of steroidal men triple-dipped in bronzer, this may be a window on an area of popular culture you’ve never seen before.



He would have made a good Duke Nukem.

Tiger Woods dropped from his own video game cover

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: January 6, 2011 - 12:36 PM

Ouch, as they say. Tiger Woods can’t even get respect from his own video-game:

Last year, Electronic Arts made the golfing great share the cover of his bestselling game with Northern Irish rookie Rory McIlroy for the first time ever.
This year, following the controversy away from the green and lackluster play on it, Woods has been dropped from the cover of the March 29th release of "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters" on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii.


Woods has been replaced with a shot of the iconic yellow flag at Augusta National Golf Club, which is a major focus for the new game.

At least until the flag starts texting other flags for hookups.

Brave former Playboy model gives baby to Vikings player

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: December 9, 2010 - 1:16 PM

Never thought I'd write that headline, ever. If you follow sports, this probably isn’t a surprise. But if you don’t keep up on the Vikes, well, this may be "news." It will certainly be unconvincing. OK mag says:

Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett has just one wish this holiday season. “I just want to be with my family,” she says wistfully. Though it seems like a modest request, lately the days when the former Playboy model wakes up to her son’s beaming smile and her husband’s warm embrace are few. The Kendra episode that aired on Dec. 4 showing Kendra and baby Hank living together was filmed months ago. Now, she’s been living alone in L.A. and filming the show while husband Hank Baskett is in Minneapolis playing for the Vikings.


But what’s worse, Kendra has been forced to make the biggest sacrifice a mother can make in sending her infant son to live with his father. “Life has changed now,” Kendra tells OK! exclusively. “It gets so lonely.”

I think the biggest sacrifice a mother can make is sending her infant son to live with wolves in the hopes that they accept the offering and leave the livestock alone, or something of that nature. Sending him off to live with Dad isn’t the worst thing in the world. Apparently she had no choice in the matter, though; her husband had the superior skills at feeding and nappy-changing, so off went the tyke.


Me, I have an image of the kid in a Snuggi hanging from a hook in the locker during games, but that’s probably not accurate.


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