Mario Balotelli has always been kind of a headcase. Of late, his nuttiness has unfortunately overshadowed his undeniable abilities. But now, after commemorating his second start with his new club Nice with his second two-goal match, it’s beginning to look like maybe Balo is more crazy good than just plain crazy.
The shirt colors look familiar but the team is different, and so are the country and the pressure and the expectations, and maybe even the player, too. Mario Balotelli is back on the soccer field for the first time in a long time, and he’s doing good things for the first time in even longer.
A lot of wild shit went down on last night’s season finale of Game of Thrones. It was so wild. I bet everyone at your office today is like, “Man, did you see all the wild shit that went down on Game of Thrones last night?” Me? I’m the guy one desk over, muttering, “Yeah but what about Cersei’s dress?”
The San Francisco Giants play in a lovely bayside ballpark, with McCovey Cove and the Pacific Ocean (sort of) just feet past the right field wall. This nautical branch of the ballpark is famous for its flocks of boats, as well as the Splash Hit. There’s a big counter on the outfield wall of how many dingers have…
Overshadowed in the international selection controversy sparked by Eric Cantona’s comments and Karim Benzema’s fanning of the flames was Cantona’s lamentation that Hatem Ben Arfa wasn’t called up for the France team for the Euros. As understandable as the Ben Arfa snub is, it’s still sad. Because Ben Arfa has been…
No, this is not a picture of a man being attacked by a jellyfish. It’s just Rangers utility player Hanser Alberto having a good-ass time at the ballpark.
Pulling off this bicycle kick, as Nice youngster Paulin Puel did this weekend against Monaco in a U19 game, would be impressive enough. But what really puts this one over the top is that backheel flick that sets him up. Put together, and you have a legit stunner.
This flash of brilliance from Hatem Ben Arfa is only his most recent in a run of incredible plays of late. That he didn’t score here doesn’t matter much, and Nice won the match anyway (on two Ben Arfa penalties), so let’s appreciate this for what it is.
This dribble is somehow even more ridiculous than the last time Hatem Ben Arfa popped onto our radar for doing something insane (in the good way, for once). If that little heel flick he did to get by the keeper wouldn’t have gotten cleared off the line, this would be an all-timer.
You almost feel like Hatem Ben Arfa’s entire time on a soccer pitch was destined to culminate in this moment. For years Ben Arfa’s career has flickered with brief moments of genius, intermittently successful attempts at squeezing through the tightest of openings and twirling past the thickest swarms of defenses,…