If being England soccer manager wasn’t already a pressure-filled appointment, the stakes have just been raised for the former West Brom boss. Forget repairing the fractious John Terry-Rio Ferdinand relationship, Hodgson has now been tasked with bigger miracles, like turning water into wine and England into champions. Bookmaker Paddy Power unveiled a 33-metre high Roy the Redeemer statue atop the white cliffs of Dover based on Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer, figuring that since Brazil erected its statue in 1931 the soccer team of the five-time world champions hasn’t skipped a beat. Clearly, desperate times call for desperate measures.
One of the baffling things about being rich is that people keep giving you things for free. Case in point: The former Giants running back, who agreed to a four-year, $25-million (U.S.) contract with the San Francisco 49ers this off-season, so upset a six-year-old New York fan by his move that the wee tyke sent him the contents of his piggybank to try to persuade him to return to the Big Apple. Granted, it was only $3.36, but every penny counts in today’s economy.
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Bad news for the recently incarcerated boxer – they don’t buy pay-per-view events at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas. That may nix any plans Mayweather has to watch rival Manny Pacquiao fight Timothy Bradley Saturday, although it would be surprising if he intended to in the first place. Based on his evasive behaviour – from Pacquiao, not the law – Mayweather would be the guy trembling behind the sofa as the Filipino puts a beating on his unfancied opponent. Not exactly the kind of reputation one wants to get in the slammer.
The former Score host seems to be fitting in nicely at ESPN, even asking the kinds of questions normally associated with our neighbours down south. The Toronto native wanted to know how Lionel Messi would fare at Euro 2012, to which the soccer analyst Alexi Lalas replied that since Messi was Argentine, he wouldn’t be in Poland and Ukraine. But let’s be fair – ESPN has never claimed to be the worldwide leader in geography.
Like Michael Richards before him, Alexander has discovered that starring in Seinfeld does not give you carte blanche to say whatever comes into your head, especially when it comes to something that you know nothing about. “You know how I know [cricket is] really kind of a gay game?” he told Scottish talk-show host Craig Ferguson last week. (Alexander has since apologized.) “It’s the pitch. It looks like nothing – if you slow it slow motion … It’s the weirdest … It’s not like a manly baseball pitch, it’s a queer British gay pitch.” Not exactly the most compelling of arguments, even for a former employee of the New York Yankees.