Barnsley FC Is Becoming Soccer’s George Mason

Nobody expected Barnsley FC to beat Liverpool last month, considering they were literally in different leagues. But after this afternoon’s 1-0 upset of another world-class team, Chelsea, Barnsley is now becoming the George Mason of soccer.

Barnsley FC fan

Keep in mind that Barnsley is not even one of the best teams of England’s “minor league” of soccer. They’re 18th in the euphemistically-named Championship League standings, and they’ve beaten teams currently 3rd and 4th in the Premiership. Read more…

Blog-A-Roni: Bird Poop On Head Good Luck Charm

• The LONDON GUARDIAN has the poop on Barnsley’s coach getting a lucky omen before his team’s big upset over Liverpool: “I left the team hotel for a walk in the town centre, and as I was talking a bird shat right on my head.”

Bird pooping on kid's head

• RANDBALL crunches the numbers & debunks the myth that only 5 NHL teams are below .500.

• Based on his recent clownish behavior, BLEACHER REPORT’s satirical story on Terrelle Pryor joining the Ringling Bros. Circus doesn’t seem so silly.

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Liverpool Suffers Shocking Loss, or So I’m Told

I’m not what you would call a soccer expert. I only figured out the offside rule in 2004. But apparently Liverpool losing to some team called Barnsley in the FA Cup is a pretty big deal.

Beatles Liverpool

Some are calling this is the biggest upset in European soccer history. Others are saying, “Barnsley sounds like the name of a butler. Stop talking to me about soccer.” So to get the straight dope, I turned to a soccer expert. Read more…