Hilarious Google glitch will make football fans chuckle

We interrupt your scheduled afternoon to bring you. . . a Google glitch!

Tom Brady has faced off against the New York Jets 30 times, winning 23. Woody Johnson, the owner of the Jets, has plenty of reasons to be terrified of the Patriots without this Google glitch. As you see above this post, when one Googles “owner of the New York Jets,”  it isn’t Johnson, but Brady that shows up!

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Gold Cup 2017: Predicting Semifinals

At last the four best teams have done their jobs. Some have smashed their way through to the semifinals, and some merely survived. This is where it gets harder to predict.

Costa Rica vs. United States

This is going to be a simply thrilling Saturday night in Phoenix. On one hand you have the sleeping American giant, fresh off absolutely dominating El Salvador. Then you have Los Ticos, who just barely scraped through against Panama. However, El Salvador is hardly on Panama’s level.

Costa Rica is missing four key players to injury, and star goalie Keylor Navas has not been allowed to come to the Gold Cup as he is in Real Madrid’s squad for the club’s preseason tour. The US are also without players that play for a European clubs, as Christian Pulisic, Fabian Johnson, and John Brooks are not able to come. The Americans should be able to get through to the final, as they can exploit Costa Rica’s lack of healthy wingers and second-string goalkeeper. Pick: USA

Mexico vs. Jamaica

Mexico brought their B-team to this Gold Cup, as many players including Hirving Lozano and Carlos Vela were subject to CONCACAF’s international playtime restrictions as they had taken part in the Confederations Cup recently. It hasn’t hindered El Tri yet as they face a full strength Jamaican team that made the final in 2015. Mexico’s midfield presence should dominate Jamaica, and the high press they’ve been utilizing should cause problems. Pick: Mexico

 

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Upon Further Review: Gold Cup 2017 Group stage/QFs

Welcome back to Upon Further Review, where today I review my CONCACAF Gold Cup group stage and quarterfinal predictions. Here goes.

Group A contained the likes of Costa Rica, Canada, French Guiana, and Honduras. I predicted Costa Rica to top the group. The Ticos did so without a loss. I then said Honduras would finish second with Canada third. The teams swapped positions in real life unfortunately. Everyone would’ve anticipated French Guiana to finish bottom and they did so. However, the hilarious drama created by the French overseas department fielding the ineligible Florent Malouda brought a smile to many fans.

Group B consisted of Panama, Nicaragua, the United States, and island Martinique. Go right down the line as I correctly predicted the USA to top the group with Panama, Martinique, and Nicaragua following.

Group C was the most obvious outcome of them all.I predicted Mexico to top the group and Jamaica second. The final spots were a toss-up and I got them right, putting El Salvador third and Curaçao fourth.

The first quarterfinal featured an intensely boring game between Costa Rica and Panama where Los Ticos did as I predicted, vanquishing the bronze medalists of 2015.

Second and third quarterfinals. US and Mexico win comfortably. Next.

Finally, Jamaica and Canada faced off in the quarter everyone wanted to see. An early goal from Shaun Francis opened the scoring. Jamaica doubled their lead in the 50th minute before Junior Hoilett gave Canada hope 11 minutes later. No further goals were scored and Jamaica moves on, completing my perfect sweep of the quarters.

Group stage score: 10/12.

Quarterfinals score: 4/4

 

Semifinals predictions will be out later today.

 

James Rodriguez finally leaves Real Madrid!

Colombian star James Rodriguez has finally completed a move away from Real Madrid, after being linked to Inter, Arsenal, PSG, Manchester United, and others. But he hasn’t gone to any of the aforementioned teams.

Speculation had grown over James’ future after Real manager Zinedine Zidane repeatedly left him on the bench, choosing to play Casemiro in a defensive 4-3-3. The Spanish giants initially demanded close to £75 million for him, which ruled out most clubs as potential destinations for Rodriguez.

Yesterday it was announced that James (Haw-mace) has moved to Bayern Munich! Real Madrid put the correct price tag on the world class CAM. However, sources report that the German club has decided to loan him for two years, with an option to buy. This is the staggering bit: the fee. Bayern will pay £5 million each year of his loan, and then have an option to buy him permanently for only £30 million! Incentives could see the total fee rise to £45.2 million, well below Madrid’s asking price.

This is a ridiculous deal for the Bavarians. Remember when 22 year old James Rodriguez won the Golden Boot at the 2014 World Cup, scoring in every game? Remember how he took control of the round of 16 clash against Uruguay? (And that ridiculous volley!)

At age 25, the Colombian wizard hasn’t even hit his prime, but has notched 46 goals, 45 assists, and 27 Man of the Match awards in just over 10,000 minutes of game time. The list of active players to go 45/45/25 in 10,000: James, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Neymar. That’s it.

 

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Alexandre Lacazette: Who is Arsenal’s record signing?

Arsenal fans lit up earlier this week when notoriously penny-pinching Arsenal announced the signing of Alexandre Lacazette. The former Lyon striker had been pursued by Arsene Wenger for over two years, and with Alexis Sanchez possibly departing the club, Arsenal not only bought the French striker, they smashed their record transfer fee.

The record was formerly held by their £42.5 million capture of some guy named Mesut Ozil. Lacazette was signed for a reported £46 million, but sources found that it could rise to £52 million if he meets specific incentives. That basically means that if he scores lots of goals, Lyon get lots more money.

Some who don’t follow the French Ligue 1 will say Arsenal overpaid for Lacazette. I call bogus. Lacazette doesn’t often find himself in front of goal, only taking 2.7 shots per game last season, but he buried those chances in the back of the net 37 times in 45 appearances for Lyon.

The French striker brings to Arsenal what they have been lacking. Goals, goals, and more goals. If Arsene Wenger sticks with a 3-4-2-1, the Gunners have a front three of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, and Lacazette. Thomas Lemar wouldn’t even start if they sign him from Monaco.

 

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Reviewing my Confederations Cup predictions!

Hello and welcome back to After the Whistle! Today I review my Confederations Cup predictions from before the tournament was played out.

My Group A prediction:

1. Portugal

2. Mexico

3. New Zealand

4. Russia

Review: 

I predicted that group almost perfectly, as Portugal and Mexico advanced to the semis. Russia actually finished above New Zealand, though.

 

My Group B prediction:

1. Germany

2. Chile

3. Australia

4. Cameroon

Review: 

Spot on.

 

Semifinals predictions: Chile over Portugal, Germany over Mexico

Review: Chile did indeed defeat Portugal, albeit on penalties. Germany thrashed Mexico 5-1. Two for two.

 

Final prediction: Chile over Germany

It was looking good until this. Germany actually defeated Chile 1-0 behind the easiest goal Lars Stindl has ever scored. The German juggernaut defeats another South American team 1-0 in a major tournament final.

 

Results: Eight correct and three wrong, 8/11, for a percentage of 72%.

 

NBA Draft 2017: Timberwolves trade for Jimmy Butler!

The Timberwolves have won the draft again. But it’s not because of a pick. Oh no. They made a blockbuster trade. Wait. . . yes, I’m actually talking about the no trade zone that is Minnesota.

Since the 2009 NBA draft’s picks that shall not be named, the Timberwolves have seemed to be in an eternal rebuild. That seems to be over as coach Tom Thibodeau pulled the trigger on a massive deal to bring Jimmy Butler to Minnesota.

The Chicago Bulls were looking to sell/trade Jimmy Butler before his contract expired. They seemed to some as desperate. After reportedly being contacted by the Nuggets, Celtics, Pacers, and others without any results, the Bulls decided to sell low.

The trade:

Bulls receive: #7 pick of 2017 NBA Draft (Lauri Markkanen), PG Kris Dunn, and SG Zach LaVine.

Timberwolves receive: #16 pick of 2017 NBA Draft (Justin Patton) and SG/SF Jimmy Butler

The impact:

Minnesota traded back nine picks last night to select arguably a better player than the Bulls grabbed. Kris Dunn, a point guard who featured in a poor individual season, goes to Chicago with Zach LaVine. LaVine is a good player, to be sure. But he’s coming off an ACL injury and faces questions about the rest of his career. Getting Butler for that? The T-Wolves are in very good shape for the foreseeable future. Chicago? Not so much.

The daily blooper: According to SB Nation, Dwight Howard tweeted about the stupidity of NBA trades. . . five minutes before being traded.