Hamed v Eubank, Nani mocks Rio, and Jossy’s Giants cameos
1) On Saturday, James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr will in the end settle their longstanding beef: who had previously been intended to look sillier by George Groves? That point, Naseem Hamed delivered a brilliantly withering assessment of Eubank’s performance against Groves, so withering not wearing running shoes required another stanza; perhaps he was avenging this absolute rinsing he suffered at the hands of Eubank Sr. And also for old time’s sake let us discuss Groves and Carl Froch showing how it is done, and here’s good the Prince.
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2) To Cardiff, venue to the 65th meeting of Wales and England during the city plus a potential Six Nations title decider. We have witnessed some brilliantly bruising classics across the years, just like Wales winning 21-19 in 1981, their centenary year; the infamous ‘Battle of Cardiff’ in 1987 had loads of old-school biff, which ended in the suspension of four England players in addition to a 19-12 Welsh win; England finally snapped a 28-year winless run within the Arms Park in 1991; two years later, Ieuan Evans showed a clean two of heels gain an interesting try; whilst in 2007, Wales were staring a wooden spoon hard, having lost all four of their total matches, only for James Hook to inspire them at night old enemy.
3) Seems like not easy to believe now but, years ago, Manchester United were accomplished at football – here they are, celebrating their 2007-08 title win. Come for Nani poking fun at Rio Ferdinand and being invited outside for more deliberations; stay for Nani being laughed at by Ronaldo for his peculiar English accent.
4) “Sir” Charles Barkley turns 56 this week, which happens to be as nice a reason any to celebrate “The Round Mound of Rebound” overall his glory. As the superstar of 1990s NBA and one from the game’s greatest power forwards, here’s Barkley dropping a career-high 56 points on the Golden State Warriors in 1994; his famous game-winner over San Antonio’s David Robinson inside the 1993 playoffs; his triple-double in Game 2 from the 1993 NBA Finals against Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls; a compilation of some of his best plays; and fighting Shaquille O’Neal in 1999. And then some gems in retirement: racing the 67-year-old referee Dick Bavetta within the 2007 All-Star Game; getting battered again by Shaq, 18 years after their first scrap; including a swing that only a mother could love.
5) This Sunday night sees the Oscars ceremony, along with what better method to mark that compared to celebrating alcohol Francis “Freddie Mercury” Benali? Here they’re accidentally calling Aaron Ramsey a naughty word, here they’re cooking a “Benali Biryani”, and here he will be launching John Fashanu into outer space. And, being a bonus, here’s Fashanu falling a wall.
6) Continuing the Oscars theme, let’s benefit from the greatest cameo of all-time: Bryan Robson in Jossy’s Giants; as well as second-greatest: Bobby Charlton during the same show.
Our favourites from in the line last week
1) Mikkel Hansen is rather fantastic at handball. Just see this.
2) The freediver, Stig Pryds, performing some absolutely astonishing behaviour.
3) More freediving. Guillaume Nery base jumping at Dean’s Blue Hole, filmed on breath hold by his wife, Julie Gautier; here, they mimic a lunar landing; and here, their latest film, One Breath Throughout the world.
4) Players to observe while in the 2009 GAA season, detailed with Gaelic commentary.
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