If this wasn’t a vintage “FA Cup Magic” weekend, I apparently don’t know what one is. One “upset” was on the cards, as the O’Neil bump effect continued on as Sunderland definitely thumped Arsenal and sent them crashing out at the Stadium of Light. Stevenage triumphantly/frustratingly held — and let’s be honest, outplayed — Spurs, earning themselves a lucrative replay at White Hart Lane. Liverpool thumped an unlucky Brighton side to temporarily re-over-inflate their fan’s expectations for the rest of the season. And Chelsea… well they continued to look piss poor as Birmingham City forced a replay at St. Andrews where they’ve only lost once all season.
The FA Cup’s been enough to fill a hundred story lines on its own, which has predictably delayed my job of finishing my next full length article. So as I struggle to push out the next post, enjoy these articles by writers who are a bit more diligent and focused than myself.
Why Chelsea are stupid not to let Mata reign centrally. – guardian.co.uk
Smart. Someone buy me this. – thebeautifulgear.com
Behind the scenes video from Alex Morgan’s SI photo shoot. – theoriginalwinger.com
Adidas HQ gets a shiny, futuristic makeover. – contemporist.com
Villa taking advice from Cleveland Browns. This will end poorly. – foxsports.com
I bet you didn’t think that futsal was that dangerous. – kickette.com
Potential bidding war brewing? Anfield Cat up for adoption soon. – dirtytackle.net
Am I to take a female “model only” club seriously? – theoffsides.com
Americans buying Tottenham? Not sure how I feel about that. – express.co.uk
This year’s football feel-good story is undoubtedly “Zambia”. – inbedwithmaradona.com