It can all feel a bit dirty sometimes; all the transfers and transfer rumors and players going on strike and managers bemoaning that behavior (when they aren't, themselves, tapping up players from other teams). It's very easy to look at European football simply in terms of predators and prey, and when you do that it's very easy to just want to say "screw it" and reach for the Knob Creek. But sometimes the most amazing thing about nature, and bear with me here because I graduated from the University of the Streets with a master's in zoology, is watching the prey adapt to the world around it and learn to survive. Take, for instance, the case of the Swans.
This past weekend, Spain played Italy in one of the marquee matchups of the Euro 2012 Group Stages. The match was held in Gdansk, Poland. It ended in a draw, 1-1, and Spain has subsequently started complaining, albeit informally, about the state of the Arena Gdansk pitch.
There’s a helicopter in London. It’s gassed and manned. It’s waiting to take Bryan Ruiz to Newcastle. Bryan Ruiz is supposed to sign for Fulham, but he has been “texting friends” that he feels like, “with his goalscoring record in the Eredivisie” he’d get an offer from a top-six team (because when you’re a football player in Europe, you totally text your friends about your goalscoring record: “Ayo — With my goalscoring record in the Eredivisie don’t you think I am worthy of a top-six team. This is Bryan, btw”).