Arsenal Take on Barca and Champions League Fisticuffs!

15 Feb

Well, well, well….much to talk about in the Champions League! First off, I’d just like to send big love and luck to the Gunners tomorrow as they take on Barca.

Go, Cescy, Go!

Feel free to kick Barca’s ass, boys! In fact, I’m counting on you to. Make it so, universe! Soooo… I think a mini Cesc picspam is in order, don’t you?

Iker & Cesc: Handholding OTP action from the Euro 2008 final

Xabi & Cesc celebrating their Euro 2008 win

That's right, Pique, get a good look at the guy whose team is going to kick your team's arse tomorrow. Looks good, doesn't he?

The other big news was the Tottenham/AC Milan game.  Sequestered on jury duty, I got a text message from wa-tishista! DK alerting me to the (and I quote) : “Hot sweaty manfight (almost)” at the game. You know I was on that like a shot as soon as I got home. And I wasn’t disappointed. It was between Peter Crouch  (well, in the beginning) and my ‘favorite’ hairy beast, Gennaro Gattuso. He completely freaks me out, yet I’m oddly fascinated by him. Someone over at Dirty Tackle put it best when they said that even while celebrating a goal, Gattuso looked like a wild animal looking to take down a woodland creature (there was a great picture of him, open mouthed, lunging at a teammate. He was attacking…erm, I mean “congratulating” him). Anyhow, the whole thing was unbelieveable.  Gattuso, shockingly, apologized afterward for headbutting Tottenham’s 59 year old assistant manager Joe Jordan (after previously shoving him in the throat). Didn’t see that coming (the apology). Wonder how long of a ban he’ll get? In the end, it did no good. Tottenham won off of Crouch’s 80th minute goal. Final score: 1-0.  Gennaro, baby, let me tell you something. You’d be much better served if you worked out that frustration by making out with other footballers rather than taking a swing at them. Trust me, it’s win/win! (Well, for us). At the very least, you’d avoid those pesky fines and suspensions, right? Because really, how’s that working out for you, eh? Yeah, that’s what I thought. SLASH = THE NEW ANGER MANAGEMENT! Hmmmmm, I think this crazy idea just might work! Whaddya you think, wa-tishistas?

Crouchie and Gattuso mix it up

Tottenham's Joe Jordan and Gattuso exchanging pleasantries

Gattuso kindly checking to see if Joe Jordan has swollen glands. How thoughtful of him! You can tell he CARES.

End of the match (shirtless Gattuso) brawl

Oy vey. What a mess! Looks like the game was characterized by some intense challenges. Here’s a recap of some of the highlights including Crouch’s goal and Gattuso giving him a good shove, the two Joe Jordan incidents and the full on near melee at the end of the match. Don’t try this at home, kids!

A special wa-tish of the headband goes out to DK for alerting me to a  pervy uproar to write about. Congrats to Tottenham and COME ON GUNNERS!

12 Responses to “Arsenal Take on Barca and Champions League Fisticuffs!”

  1. Lily February 16, 2011 at 12:41 pm #


    • Lily February 16, 2011 at 7:20 pm #


      • headbandsandheartbreak February 16, 2011 at 11:54 pm #

        And this just goes to show, Barca CAN be beaten. Watch out, Barca boys, Los Blancos are coming for you! HALA MADRID!

    • headbandsandheartbreak February 16, 2011 at 11:53 pm #

      I was on jury duty today and when I came out of the court room, I checked the score and it was the half. I was all grumpy but sent a prayer out to the footy gods all the way home. I managed to catch the last 30 minutes of the second half and went berserk! What a game!

  2. notoriousjk February 16, 2011 at 10:16 pm #


    Thanks for putting up a Gunner post 🙂

    It was so so so glorious to see my boys win & of course to see Barca lose.

    And there was no stupid Cesc & Pique hugging action at the end of the game, nope not at all. And chants of “Hands of Cesc”

    Ok I will stop squealing on a Madrista focused website, but I just had to get that out….feel free to do a celebration post 😉

    Here’s some pics of the match via The Guardian

    • headbandsandheartbreak February 17, 2011 at 12:10 am #

      Oh, I’m right there with you! I love me some Cesc and I have a great fondness for Arsenal. I wish my little Cesceleh had scored instead of the misogynist Arshavin (grrrrr….) but I’m happy to have the second goal so I’ll just shut my trap and be happy. I screeched myself hoarse during the last half hour of the game (which I managed to get home in time to catch).

      I think you just might get that celebration post you want. It’s late, but I’m inspired.

  3. shiggers February 17, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    How did my pervy mind occupy itself before I started watching footie?

    “I know who I’d pick between Joe Jordan and Gennaro Gattuso anyway… Joe all night long. All night long.” Oh, Harry Redknapp.

    Thanks for linking to the “I Lost My Head, Admits Gattuso” article. Made my morning.

    • headbandsandheartbreak February 17, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

      I’ve been singing “Rino Gattuso” to the tune of “Reno Dakota” by The Magnetic Fields all week. (Lyrics here) And of course you know my favorite line is “It makes me drink beeeeeer!”

      I was cracking up reading more on this. Apparently, another fight broke out in the tunnel and Ibra picked up Gattuso in one arm and Bassong under the other to separate them. That image kept me laughing for about an hour. I would have paid good cash money to see a picture of that. Dirty Tackle has the scoop.

      And yes, perving on footie is the way to go!

      • shiggers February 18, 2011 at 10:47 am #

        Hee! That’s just marvelous!

        • headbandsandheartbreak February 18, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

          I can’t stand Zlatan, but the image is hysterical. Thinking of Gattuso being held kicking and screaming like a (very hairy) toddler in midair is destroying me.

          • shiggers February 18, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

            I’d just managed to stop giggling. Now you have me started again.

            • headbandsandheartbreak February 18, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

              All sweaty and red faced, with his socks falling down having a major tantrum. I can totally picture it!

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