Champions League Final Open Thread

Before you do anything, click play on this video:

And now you know what the hell they are saying when you hear that song on Fox all day today. The pre-game show starts at 11 AM Pacific with kickoff around 11:45.  As part of the fun, we get a special pre-game kickoff ceremony that Fox probably won’t broadcast, but which you may find on the Spanish broadcast which, interestingly enough, is on ESPN Deportes and NOT Fox Deportes.  That’s PK weird.  Anyway, here is last year’s show, for your viewing pleasure:

BTW, the pre-game show starts at 10 AM on ESPN Deportes, not 11 like Fox so maybe they will show more of the ceremony.

As for some actual game analysis, since I am the resident La Liga watcher/booster around these parts, King Hippo suggested I do the preview for the game since both teams are in La Liga and finished behind Barcelona.

Suck it, Madrid!

This year, The Madrid Derby was tied 1-1 when it was held in the Vicente Calderón, Atlético’s home ground, while Atlético won the game held at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real’s home ground by a score of 1-0.  The game, in recent years, has been a study in a clash of styles.

Atlético tries to win by playing extremely tough defense, forcing mistakes, and killing teams on the counter-attack.  Once they get a goal up, they can pretty much go on lockdown mode and end up winning by two or more as teams try everything in their power to score and leave themselves open at the back.

Real, on the other hand, are a team of superstars that focus more on attacking via their formidable group of forwards which includes Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, and Gareth Bale, among others.  Therein lies the problem for Real Madrid.  They have too many stars that demand playing time and there are only 11 men on the field at any one time.  This problem has done in all previous coaches in the last few years including soon-to-be ManU coach Mourinho.

Former Real, French National Team, and head-butting superstar Zinedine Zidane has taken over the coaching duties and, for now, it looks like he’s found the magic formula. Real look to be playing the best they have all season.

The big story-line is that this is a rematch of the 2014 Champions League Final in which Atlético had a 1-0 lead deep into injury time at the end of the game only for Real to tie it up and then eventually score three (!) in extra time to win 4-1.  The styles of play then were pretty much the same as now.  Atlético could not hold on to their one-goal lead (as is their preference) that time.  What makes them think they can do it this time?

I think they have learned their lesson and will be more aggressive in seeking a second goal, should they score first again.  The story of this game will be written with the first goal.  Whoever scores it will win.

BTW, the stadiums are only roughly 4 miles apart.  That should make for a very interesting Saturday in Madrid.  I suggest you go to your local churreria and stock up on these for the game:

That way, no matter which team wins, you will be the ultimate winner.  Enjoy the game!

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Brocky
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yeah right
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Damn L.A. it’s nice to be home but you didn’t have to send the ENTIRE fucking welcome wagon.

I took this around 12:30 this afternoon. It’s the 101 South to the 405. Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.

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I have hit the store, finished work and parked the car until Tuesday.

Yes, the L.A. traffic thing is very real.
And only getting worse.

Hi everybody!

JerBear50
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JerBear50

Evening.

JerBear50
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JerBear50

Been off of here the last week or so. How’s the knee going?

yeah right
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Outstanding.
It’s already better than the right one.

How’s yours?

JerBear50
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JerBear50

No problems with mine. Just sore from running. And from being fat.

yeah right
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Life has been good.

Great show last night and I’m grilling for the next 2 days.

JerBear50
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JerBear50

Good deal. I gotta work all weekend but I may go down to my dad’s Monday to grill for him. Or I might go to my favorite dive bar and eat hamburgers and Killians.

yeah right
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Don’t tell anyone but there’s a brand new Sunday Gravy tomorrow morning that may give you an idea.

I’m trying to keep it a secret though.

JerBear50
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JerBear50

What time are you posting? If i’m gonna cook, I’ll probably get my prep done tomorrow before work that way I can wake up Monday afternoon and just go cook. Still trying to figure out if his community clubhouse has grills or not, and he can’t stay sober long enough to remember to check despite the fact that his yard is literally adjacent to the fucking clubhouse. Starting to regret volunteering to go down there. Open jam on the river with cheap beer and free burgers is starting to sound like a damn good option.

yeah right
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It will be up early morning, around 3-5 PDT. It’s usually around the time I have to take the mid-sleep piss. I just get my phone, go to the post and publish.

That’s how the magic happens!

If you’re cooking Monday then you’ve got this shit.

JerBear50
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JerBear50

I’ll check for it before I leave work and head home in the morning.

JustStopDude
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JustStopDude

Concussions and drinking contests are funny…especially in Japanese!

https://youtu.be/oKFwc86nG6s

JustStopDude
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JustStopDude

And cause you always smoke when you drink…

https://youtu.be/AhOQqQ_kbn8

Unsurprised
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Unsurprised

This was funnier than I expected it to be. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8bjvoHOSFs

Rikki-Tikki-Deadly
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WHY AREN’T THE EVIL TEAMS EVER THE ONES WHO CHOKE???

Rikki-Tikki-Deadly
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Ah, UConn’s comeback against Duke in the Final Four in 2004…eases the pain.

theeWeeBabySeamus
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For me, honestly, Duke/UConn, are a column a/column b type thing on the evil scale.
Though I do like Kevin Ollie.
(he’s dreamy)

Rikki-Tikki-Deadly
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I can understand that. I grew up in Connecticut (and actually spent a summer in Storrs) so it’s different for me.

theeWeeBabySeamus
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Fortunately, we can all agree that U*NC sucks the most ass.
Literally or figuratively?
Yes.

King Hippo
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Kevin Ollie makes all the difference. Jim Calhoun is just THE WORST.

Rikki-Tikki-Deadly
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“Ahem”

– Mike KaszbiensvchyfuckyouratfaceI’mnotlookingitup

Rikki-Tikki-Deadly
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“Eases the pain…” reference.

Unsurprised
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Unsurprised

Ron Artest did become a Laker, you know.

Inanimate Carbon Rod Marinelli
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The White Sox took a 7-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth against the Royals and lost 8-7. Good God.

Fronkenshteen
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If I was still betting, my Mush ass probably would’ve had KC -1.5 (+185).

theeWeeBabySeamus
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Huzzah for camera shots of the really hot, yet disappointed women.
/story of my life

JustStopDude
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JustStopDude

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Stone cold mother fucker…

King Hippo
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I feel bad for the Man in Black. He is a fun Lesser Footy coach.

Rikki-Tikki-Deadly
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I fuckin’ knew it.

JustStopDude
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JustStopDude
Senor Weaselo
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Hey, someone goofed!

King Hippo
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MOTHERFUCKER

theeWeeBabySeamus
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I’ve asked you to please stop calling me that.

theeWeeBabySeamus
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Shit man, I wish the Pens/Sharks started tonight.
Imma have no sports to watch 2nite. I actually might have to watch a meaningless UVa/Louisville baseball game.
And yes, I will watch that before I will turn on one second of the NBA.
(probably)

Fronkenshteen
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Cramp!

King Hippo
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FUCK, there was NO WAY Leia was going across his body. HOW was the keeper fooled??

Senor Weaselo
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Hard and true and firm and fast.

Phrasing.

King Hippo
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Real fans have a distinct frat boy vibe

King Hippo
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cheeky pen

King Hippo
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I hope Princess Leia taps the ball then falls the fuck down. Would make my entire month.

Rikki-Tikki-Deadly
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THESE PENALTY KICKS I CALL THEM TRUMP-CLINTON 2016 CAUSE EVERYONE REALLY WISHES THERE WAS A BETTER OPTION.

King Hippo
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grumble, grumble Hippo bitches again about being the only person in America who actually likes HillyBob (I did NAWT in 2008), apparently.

/still a good joke

Rikki-Tikki-Deadly
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I like Hillary fine.

King Hippo
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“you’re likable enough, Hillary”

JustStopDude
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JustStopDude

My idea would be to take a page from the NFL.

Sudden death, every 10 minutes, each side loses a player.

Eventually it turns into one on one…

Senor Weaselo
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Goalie vs. goalie.

JustStopDude
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JustStopDude

Shit…meant “NHL”…

Fronkenshteen
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Better Cah-ool Saúl

Unsurprised
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Unsurprised

Oh, from this morning:

Frito Pies are too Mexican for an Echo Park landmark like Tommy’s.

King Hippo
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Pepe wasn’t already on a yellow??

King Hippo
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Shaggy hurt his dick, yo

King Hippo
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oh yeah, here comes a black dude!!

Fronkenshteen
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You can’t stay on with calf cramps like that, can you?

King Hippo
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they out of subs

Fronkenshteen
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Ah, thanks. Watching on mute beside sleeping wife, son, dog & cat.

King Hippo
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can’t imagine they let him take a penalty if it comes to a shootout, though…

Fronkenshteen
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Do you get an added sub for extra time?

King Hippo
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NOAP

theeWeeBabySeamus
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They’re ALL sleeping?
Huzzah!!!!
#TotalHomeRoofie

King Hippo
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Princess Leia having her special time of the month, apparently…

Fronkenshteen
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THIS GAME, I CALL IT A BUNCH OF SELF-CONSCIOUS FAT CHICKS, BECAUSE IT SEEMS LIKE NO ONE WANTS TO TAKE THE FINAL MILANO!

King Hippo
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no, Fawn, I couldn’t POSSIBLY!!!

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