The Premier League season is only several weeks old yet diving is in mid-season form. Eduardo’s dive against Celtic in the Champions League set the European standard while Wayne Rooney dove like he was going down on a 70 year old hooker last weekend against Arsenal. Latin America isn’t going to take this increasing trend standing up. Witness one of the worst dives you will ever see. An added bonus is one of the worst refereeing decisions in the history of sports.
The video ended before it could catch a man in a bumblebee costume paying off the ref on the touchline. He yelled, “Ay ay ay! No es bueno!” and ran off into the tunnel. Just another shady ass day in Latin American soccer. Your move, Italy.
Really? Synchronized diving? What won’t they let into the Olympics? Baseball and softball should feel terrible about being kicked out while synchronized diving and rhythmic gymnastics stick around. I can’t wait for donkey jousting. Hopefully synchronized divers aren’t all whiny bitches like English diver Blake Aldridge.
“I didn’t blow anything, so I can go home happy,” said Aldridge.
“Unfortunately it’s a partnership, you both have to be on the top of your game. I wasn’t on top of my game but Tom was nowhere near the top of his.”
The pair were in third after the first dive but quickly dropped after several mistakes. There was also a “spat” between them between the 4th and 5th dives because Aldridge was on the phone with his mother. Daley asked him, “Why are you on the phone? We’re still in the competition and we’ve got another dive to do.”
“That’s just Thomas – he’s over-nervous. Thomas should not be worrying about what I’m doing but he was worrying about everyone and everything and that to me is really the sole reason why he didn’t perform.”
Daley took the high road and admitted being nervous. He said they both had a bad day and didn’t do as well as they would have liked.
Here’s the kicker. Aldridge is 26 and Daley is 14. Who sounds more mature and level-headed? Throwing a 14 year old under the bus for legitimately taking you to task? Stay classy, Blake.
You’re probably wondering how Italy made it to the knockout stages of the Euro when it looked like they would go out in the first round. Wonder no more. It’s all because of a coked-up Romanian striker and Italian training.
Here’s a look at a secret Italian training session. It worked in 2004 and 2006. No reason it won’t work this year.
Not only will they sign 5 year old soccer players but now they have a 13 year old boy who will represent them in the 2008 Olympic Games. Tom Daley is going to be competing in the 10m Dive event for England, becoming the youngest kid ever to participate in the games for the country.
There has got to be some sorta built in advantage to being that young and doing a dive competition. I mean, he’s like way lighter than all the other competitors, he’ll be floating up there for ever doing his spins and tucks in mid air. His splash will have to be next to nothing going into the water since the kid looks like he weighs around 50lbs.
The Brits have the right idea, we Americans need to train a new legion of 8 year olds to compete in the Olympics against this kid. Its the only way we’ll stay a national power.