In this week’s pod, one of the most heated conversation points surrounded Old Frank Lampard. Is Chelsea’s reliable old war-horse fit for the glue factory? Or does his critic-defying hat-trick suggest that he is BACK?
Michael, ever optimistic, occasionally delusional, believes the latter. I, with heavy heart, am sure his days in Chelsea’s best eleven are now few. Then what of the hattrick? I used the phrase “Grandad’s Last Erection” on the pod. It is an English child’s trick. See above for Exhibit A. The most fun you can have legally with just three matchsticks. Breathtaking stuff. Like me, you may end up wondering how this film did not garner an Oscar nod.
Fate had it that I was in Chicago when the The Bears travelled to London to face the Cowboys at Wembley — the first ever NFL game to be played in England. The pain of missing the game was immense. The only way of salving it was to go to O’Hare International Airport and welcome them back when they landed. At four in the morning.
The waiting took forever. We were the only ones at the arrivals terminal so we killed the boredom by faking delirious crowd scenes for the local news crew who were covering the emotional return.
The Bears were exhausted as they deplaned. I darted around these groggy, lumbering giants, desperate to find my favorites and force them to pose for photographs. Matt Suhey the great blocking back was first off the plane. I adored that guy and swooped down to take this shot. Then Walter Payton ambled towards the baggage carousel and the encounter that has pained me for 25 years went down. Thank you Grantland Network for allowing me a measure of release.
(The last photograph my camera took before it jammed. Sweetness RIP.)
As discussed in the latest Grantland pod, a highlight reel of Everton’s loan signee and potential season savior Royston Drenthe’s finest moments at Real Madrid. Most of which consist of him falling down. Hilariously.