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ANOTHER MANIC MONDAY – Pogba, Conor McGregor and the €1700 football shirt

10 Apr , 2018  

Welcome to the 1st installment of Another Manic Monday, on a Tuesday because why stick to the rules?
We look back at all the weekends sporting action whether it’s good, bad, incredible or just incredibly bizarre…

Football

It was a case of ‘The Good, The Bad & The Ugly’ for this weekend’s footballing action.

Over in Italy, mid-table side Udinese lined up a bit differently than usual this weekend as each outfield player wore a different shirt from the last 10 seasons.

No, this wasn’t a clever distraction technique, (not that it worked anyway, with Bianconeri Friuliani eventually losing 2-1 at home to Lazio) it was all for charity and each of the shirts were later auctioned off after the game with one shirt selling for a whopping €1700!

Udinese celebrate taking the lead vs Lazio  [image: getty]

The red half of Manchester celebrated this weekend after beating the champions elect 3-2 in a match that was described as ‘Pogba’s best 45 minutes’. The Citizens earned a 2-goal lead on their rivals thanks to their captain Vincent Kompany & Ilkay Gundogan, but a Paul Pogba brace and volley from defender Chris Smalling earned Man United the 3 points. (Practice your volleys with our Rapidfire Football Rebound Net)

It’s a good job Pogba pulled his finger out, as I don’t think he would’ve lived down the choice of hairstyle for the occasion if they’d lost…

Paul Pogba slowly paying back his hefty price tag  [image: getty]

And finally, the Ugly…

[image: YouTube]

Big Sam realising he won’t get his win bonus of extra Bisto gravy this weekend… (Not a sponsor, but here’s the cheapest we could find if you’re feeling peckish: Ahh Bistooo

 

Golf

The Masters came to an end this weekend with a US win at Augusta for the first time since 2015! Patrick Reed managed to see off the challenge of fellow Americans Jordan Speith and Rickie Fowler to win his first major and don the green jacket.

Tournament hopeful, Rory McIlroy faded away in the latter stages of the round finishing on -9 par which leaves him still looking for that career Grand Slam. (Maybe he could’ve won if he’d worked on his putting a bit more with the Home Golf Putting Mat)

Patrick Reed wins his first major at Augusta [image: ap]

Commonwealth Games

At last! Badminton fans all over the world finally had something to get excited over this weekend as chaotic scenes struck the court… No, don’t worry it wasn’t another incident like this one from the Canada Open back in 2013:

England were battling Singapore for the Men’s Doubles bronze medal over on the Gold Coast, Australia when a rather embarrassing moment happened for the men in yellow. Danny Bawa Chrisnanta went to pile the pressure on the English pair after a great return, but in doing so got the shuttlecock wedged in his strings! (Obviously needs to get his hands on our Badminton Racquets then…)

Watch the action unfold HERE

The English pair went on to win the match 21-9 19-21 21-13 and become Commonwealth Bronze medalists!

 

UFC

Conor ‘The Notorious’ McGregor is somewhat living up to the nickname since fighting Floyd Mayweather back in August 2017. The Irishman has been a very naughty boy, being charged with assault after hurling a ‘metal hand truck’ amongst other things, at a bus full of opposition resulting in various names such as Cheisa and Ray Borg being pulled from UFC 223. The spectacle, which should’ve had 13 fights plus the main event, ended up having only 9 fights, plus a main event where only one of the contenders was actually eligible to lift the belt! (Perhaps if they have one of these on the bus, they could’ve been patched up sooner First Aid Kit)

Conor McGregor caught in the act  [image: YouTube UFC]

Khabib Nurmagomedov eventually won the Lightweight Belt (which was stripped from Conor McGregor) after dominating from start to finish against Al Iaquinta, later calling out the Irishman for wanting to fight buses rather than in the UFC.

The Irishman has now returned to the ‘emerald isle’ on a $50,000(£35,500) bail and the hearing is due to be on 14th June.

 

Khabib is crowned Lightweight Champion  [image:USA Today Sports]

Formula 1

What most people describe as the most boring motorsport was back with a snap, crackle and p… nope, just a snap this weekend as the F1 circus pitched up in Bahrain.

We’ll get the gruesome side to things out the way first, with sad news that one of Ferrari’s pit engineers broke his leg after the green light was given for Kimi Räikkönen to leave the pit area. The 900+HP car sped away unknowingly hitting the engineer and injuring him severely. Kimi soon retired from the race after the incident and Ferrari have been fined €50,000 for an unsafe release of the vehicle. (I’m sure this Economy Basket Stretcher with safety belts & footrest would’ve come in handy…)

In the year that Hamilton was due to illustrate his dominance over the field, starting 9th on the grid did far from show that. After a small bout of wizardry, Lewis did manage to finish 3rd and limit the damage that Vettel has been piling on to his world title challenge. With a long hard season ahead, can Lewis do the unthinkable?

 

 

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