Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Edgar Davids is in control here. Life in the Championship doesn’t seem to suit him too well. He signed with Crystal Palace this season after leaving Ajax and hasn’t been able to find the form which made him a star at Juventus and Barcelona. His struggles have lead to frustration which blew over in training after a fellow Palace player yelled at him for giving up the ball.
Tempers boiled over when Bennett, on loan from Nottingham Forest, blasted the veteran for giving the ball away in a practice session.
Davids, who joined the Eagles in August, took exception to the criticism and squared up to the defender.
“He went over to Bennett, grabbed him and started screaming ‘I’m the boss around here’.
“Everybody was stunned and nobody quite knew how to react – before a few of the other lads then jumped in and pulled them apart.
Davids doesn’t have time to Tony Danza with Bennett. There’s no question about who’s the boss. It’s the guy with the Rec-Specs. Just ask Kurt Rambis. MC Dr. Geek will second him on that.
The former Dutch international tested positive for steroids back in 2001 while with Juventus. Maybe he’s got some leftover roid rage. Perhaps he’s dipping in them again in a desperate effort to get his juju back. It’s likely that he’s just crazy. Louis van Gaal didn’t call him The Pitbull for nothing. Regardless Bennett should have manned up and dropped him Jhoon Rhee style.
This country should be more thankful to people like ODB, Spice 1 and Three 6 Mafia. Politicians and other self-righteous assclowns criticize rappers for polluting society with terrible lyrics and their “bling”. They should be thankful. It’s these same rappers who are finally going to get payback from the British for all those years of colonialism and oppression. How? Through the thing they love the most. Their soccer teams.
Last week, we brought you news of Diddy’s attempts to buy Crystal Palace which is currently in administration. The Sun reports that he’s getting closer to making a decision (if you believe anything about this at all).
P DIDDY was locked in talks with Phil Alexander, chief executive of the footie club, on Thursday night – thrashing out a possible takeover.
The multi-millionaire rapper now knows exactly how much the skint club in south-east London will cost and is in contact with their administrators.
Diddy – real name Sean Combs – is expected to come back with an offer this weekend.
No one should put too much stock in this until Puffy actually walks out before the fans waving a Palace scarf and talking about how he’s going to resurrect the club and lead it to greatness before he realizes that it won’t make him rich and drops them like a Bad Boy artist.
Jay-Z, born Shawn Carter, said: “I don’t know a lot about the business of soccer, but in the future if the right opportunity presented itself, then who knows? I am a businessman, and I will always look at an opportunity, and if it feels right great.”
Obviously he is interested in investing in Arsenal since he is an Arsenal fan. Dave Chappelle says you have to read between the lines. In this case, just draw conclusions that aren’t there Tea Party-style.
Jay is a minority owner of the New Jersey Nets so he does have some familiarity with sports ownership. However dealing with Nets fans is nothing compared to Palace supporters. All he and Sean Combs need to do is take a look at the negative reception received by the Glazers (Manchester United), Tom Hicks (Liverpool) and George Gillett (Liverpool). They could also look to Randy Lerner (Aston Villa) to see how a club should be run by a foreign owner.
Nutmeg Radio suggests that Jay take a closer look and consider an investment in the MLS. It’s not as glamorous as the Premier League or even the Championship but the league is growing despite Jim Rome’s wishes. A second New York team owned by the Roc would provide a boost to the game’s development in the inner city. It would encourage further investment in the league. There’s also the benefit of preventing the Wilpons from taking the franchise and loading it with injury-prone, elderly Dominicans picked by Omar Minaya.
In the meantime, other rappers should cross the pond and invest in the money pits known as football clubs. Someone should warn them that they aren’t actual clubs. Making it rain and pouring champagne on bitches would be frowned upon however beating opposing supporters might be acceptable in some circumstances especially at Millwall. It’s all about compromise. You’re on the clock, Cash Money Billionaires/MillionairesThousandaires/whatever.
A friend living in London once described Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium as that sexy French hooker on the corner. You walk by her every day and ignore her but eventually you have to try her. She went to a match and now she’s an Arsenal supporter.
Champions League soccer could be described in the same manner except you’re pretty much guaranteed to get burned unless you’re a supporter of the team that wins the Big Cup. All others get a trip to the free clinic but they keep coming back every year hoping that they’ll emerge free from infection like Prince Akeem’s bride to be. No such luck. I, like many other Chelsea supporters, am going through the stages of grief after Chelsea’s ejection by Inter Milan. Our first offering this week could be considered acceptance.
Ay! That’s A Good Football!
It can be frustrating to watch soccer due to terrible announcers like Tommy Smyth. Biased commentators also infuriate viewers. College basketball fans rant about Dick Vitale dropping to his knees for Duke every year however they don’t have to deal with blatant bias like this.
Crystal Palace ‘Til The Casket Drop?
Manchester United and Liverpool supporters think they have it bad with American ownership? Wait until they get a load of Crystal Palace and P Diddy. That’s right. It’s all about the Benjamins or Queens in their case as the club currently lies in administration.
The Sun reports that Diddy/Puffy/Puff Daddy/Sean Combs/Whatever is interested in buying the cash-strapped club which is fighting off relegation. He also looked at Portsmouth who are also in administration but still in the Premier League.
Diddy’s UK spokesman (or a Sun source) said:
“Diddy was in London meeting football fixers a couple of weeks ago. The finance is in place, he’s just deciding who he thinks he’ll make a bid for.
“Portsmouth were mentioned but he thought Palace were a better idea.
“He could cover their debt and bankroll a return to the Premier League. He liked the name as well.”
Diddy liked the name. Aw he’s just like those women who fill out NCAA tournament brackets based on what team colors they like best. Palace could use the money and name recognition he would bring internationally. However they’re probably more concerned with avoiding relegation at this point.
Think about the possibilities. Farnsworth Bentley could work for Diddy again. He could buy Sean Wright-Phillips and turn him into the new Ma$e. Imagine SWP rockin’ the shiny suit while his dad Ian, a former Palace player, throws pound notes in the crowd and pours Ciroc on the honeys. “Do S got the ladies? Yeah yeah! Do Puff drive Mercedes? Yeah yeah! Take hits from the 80s? But do it sound so crazy? Yeah yeah!”
Palace should be careful. Having big money doesn’t mean success or recovery. Just ask any artist who signed for Bad Boy. Diddy sucks them dry, doesn’t promote them then bounces when they aren’t selling any more. Just ask 112, Total, BBD, Craig Mack, The Lox, Black Rob or any other artist/group you can remember. Thought I told you that we won’t stop only applies to Diddy. It’s the new royal “we”. 50 Cent would probably be a better bet.
Now Goldenballs Has More Time For Things Like These
Poor David Beckham. His international career is finished. Well his international playing career. Rumor has it that he wants to accompany England to South Africa and cheer them on during the World Cup. Hopefully manager Fabio Capello agrees only if he wears a mascot costume. They already have a mascot so what’s the point unless he wants to Jay Leno the current guy out of his job?
Beckham should focus his energies on playing for the Galaxy next month cause it’s the MLS. He could also film more commercials like this one for Adidas which also features DJ Neil Armstong, Snoop Dogg, Noel Gallagher and Ian Brown among others.
Poor Avram Grant. He’s the public face of the shit show otherwise known as Portsmouth FC. One day they’re talking about building a new state of the art stadium complex. The next day, they can’t pay their players or staff and Grant’s caught frequenting Thai hookers. It’s hard to blame him when his wife is drinking tumblers of her own piss on national television in Israel. He might want to be careful. Pick the wrong Thai woman and this could happen:
Congrats Avram. You beat out Rooney and his granny whores. On to the footy.
Your Favorite Team Is For Sale
Hah! Just playin … unless you’re a Crystal Palace supporter. If you are, we’d advise not picking up yesterday’s Financial Times.
FT readers opened their papers to discover an ad offering Crystal Palace FC for sale. The London club was placed into administration in late January due to outstanding debts. Administrator Brendan Guilfoyle has been trying to sell the club as well as keep it running for the rest of the season. He says that 20 offers have been received since the club fell out of owner Simon Jordan’s hands. Hopefully there are no joke offers like the ones received when Mike Ashley tried to sell Newcastle. Palace supporters should look at the bright side. Their team is still in the hunt for the FA Cup and the ad was in FT instead of Craigslist or a phone booth.
An Unveiling Worthy Of Sea World
What do you get when you cross Brazilian soccer, rapping and whales? If you guessed Robinho, give yourself a high five in the face. You’ll do it anyway when you see footage of the Manchester City flop’s unveiling to Santos fans.
Robinho’s entrance was a bit much for this guy. He’s going to fine in Brazil. What can anyone expect from the guy that demanded 40 condoms for himself and his boys at a party when they were supposed to be on their way back to their club teams in Europe and elsewhere.
American teams should make big name signings perform some skill in front of the fans. Shaq would have to rap in front of Cavs fans. Eddy Curry would have to take on Joey Chesnutt in an eating contest or see how many medicine balls he could pop with his ass in five minutes. There’s some potential here.
Spanish Banks Playing With Fire
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, Spain’s second largest bank and the Spanish football federation are joining forces to offer up to $500,000 of insurance coverage to fans attending matches in Spain. Primera Liga and second division match attendees will be covered as long as they have a valid ticket. Fans who are official members of their clubs will also be covered during travel to and from away matches.
There’s no word of any coverage for Champions League or Europa cup matches. That’s probably for the best. No telling what goes down in Kazakhstan or Albania.