Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Tuesday XI: Father's Day

We continue a great new feature on the Free Beer Movement site. In collaboration with the quality soccer site, "The Other 87 Minutes" we present the "Tuesday XI" (and sometimes the "Tuesday Ten") a thoughtful list on a variety of topics in the world of soccer.

What is this new site we're exposing you too? We'll let them explain:
The Other 87 seeks to provide something that’s not instant analysis or eve of matchday previews. Think of us as the good bits of your favorite soccer coverage: the profiles that examine what makes a certain player tick, the historical background that sheds some light on how the sport has evolved to the present day, the silly features that are more than just tacking names on a list, but considering and explaining why each one deserves to be there.
O87 wants to be a home for soccer writing that makes you think, but that also treats the game as just that, a game. The greatest game, the one we obsess over and fixate on, to the point where we can’t read that gas costs 3.43 a gallon without thinking of Ajax’s 1995 Champions League winning team. But a game nonetheless.
“When you play a match, it is statistically proven that players actually have the ball three minutes on average. The best players – the Zidanes, Ronaldinhos, Gerrards – will have the ball maybe four minutes. Lesser players – defenders – probably two minutes. So, the most important thing is: what do you do those 87 minutes when you do not have the ball…. That is what determines whether you’re a good player or not.” –Johann Cruyff
Make sure you head over to "The Other 87 Minutes" and check out all the... well... other great writing on their site. What do you think of the "Tuesday XI"? Let us know in the comments section!

Today's Tuesday XI puts together a squad of our favorite famous fathers. The squad lines up in a rather conservative, somewhat cantankerous deep 3-5-2.

Our Father's Day XI

GK – Darth Vader – Anyone whose most famous line is an admission of paternity qualifies for this team. Not as quick as he once was though, but still a Force between the sticks.

CB – Ward Cleaver — Like the best fathers, our central defender trio should be made up of strong, reliable, consistent performers.

SW – Atticus Finch — And it doesn’t hurt if they’re occasionally capable of some real hero moments.

With Cousin Oliver, it'd be a perfect 4-3-3
CB – Mike Brady — Gets to be our captain, since he has plenty of experience marshaling nine other performers toward a common goal (we’re counting Cousin Oliver).

LWB – King Lear — Maybe he’s not mobile enough anymore, but as we established before, all left backs are crazy.

RWB – Mufasa — As a king and a wingback, he understands that offense and defense exist together in a delicate balance, and that all the players on the pitch are interconnected. Now he just needs a nifty catchphrase for it all.

CM – Saturn — Like Mike Tyson, he’s going to eat your children. Or his children. Either way, not someone you want to line up across from.

CM -- Father Time – Never late in the challenge, and hasn’t played a mistimed pass in his long career.

Admittedly, depth perception
can be a problem for Big Boss.
AM – Father Christmas — Makes a habit of gifting goals to the forwards in front of him.

CF – Big Boss — We left Solid Snake out of the Video Game XI two weeks ago, so we’ll put his father — the protagonist of Metal Gear Solid 3, antagonist of Metal Gears 1 and 2, and father of both the series’ hero and two of its villains — in as a forward, where the excessive firepower he and his brood are known for can be put to use.

CF – Wilt Chamberlain — If we assume even an eighth of the ‘20,000 women in his lifetime’ thing, there have got to be more than a few Little Dippers running around. I mean, his personal life has its own Wikipedia page, for crying out loud. At any rate, he’s a hyper-athletic seven-footer who can score like nobody else’s business (in more ways than one).

What do you think? Any famous fathers we left out of our Tuesday XI?

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