Socrates, the classical Greek philosopher, is credited with a lot of really insightful quotes, like “an unexamined life is not worth living,” and “the only true wisdom is knowing you know nothing.” And let’s not forget his classic, “be suspicious of combining two good things.” Okay, that wasn’t Socrates, that was actually my childhood friend Damian, but it’s as wise as anything the founder of western philosophy said. Growing up, we would go see the Allman Brothers every Fourth of July and Damian couldn’t understand why the Brothers insisted on playing on the holiday every year. The Fourth is already guaranteed to be a killer party, why throw another killer party on top of it? Why not play a show on the fifth and then we’d all have two awesome days in a row instead of jamming everything into a single day. It’s solid logic that I think even Socrates would appreciate. Christmas is great, and while it might be tempting to combine Christmas and Easter into the same day, with maybe a live broadcast of the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus going at it Greco-Roman style, I think we can all agree that it’s best to spread those two holidays out. There’s only so much fun you can have on a single day before it just becomes white noise. I tend to apply that same philosophy when it comes to beer, too. Beer is great and so are things like chocolate and bananas and Christmas trees, so it might be tempting to combine two or more great things into a single package. That’s how you get Jelly Bean IPAs and Old Bay Lagers. These beers sound like a great idea, but they rarely work out and I usually find myself wishing I could separate all of the ingredients so that I could enjoy a bowl of Jelly Beans next to my IPA. So I was suspicious when Sweetwater released Pulled Porter, a bacon smoked flavored beer that, at first glance, feels a little bit like watching Santa and the Easter Bunny wrestle. Too much of a good thing, maybe even a little sacrilegious. But this beer works. The Atlanta-based brewery partnered with Fox Brothers, arguably the best barbecue joint in the city to create the smoky, pork profile. Over three days, Fox Brothers smoked one ton of malt along with racks of bacon on their wood-burning smoker. Sweetwater used that malt to give this porter a smoky, bacony element that’s strong without being overwhelming. You get a hint of bacon, but it’s not like you’re drinking a bacon milkshake. Look for the beer in four packs this winter. And in case you’re wondering, I already applied for a trademark on the term “bacon milkshake.”Related:
Newcastle head coach John Carver is backing £5million summer signing Emmanuel Riviere to come good as he attempts to fill Papiss Cisse’s sizeable boots. The Frenchman has scored only twice for the Magpies – both of them in a 3-2 Capital One Cup victory at Crystal Palace in September – and has come in for some criticism from disenchanted fans. However, Carver said: “I will defend him, he’s one of my players. The one thing about Manu Riviere is he works his socks off. He keeps getting on the end of things, he keeps getting in the right areas and I’m telling you, before time it will come off. “Let’s judge him at the end of the season or in six months’ time. This is the first time he’s had a real run in the team, let’s not forget. He’s not played for the 90 minutes, but he’s had a right good go at it. “He’s got to convert the chances, I understand that, but let’s judge him in the future. I do think it takes guys time. “Players in the past have taken a bit longer. Yohan Cabaye took a bit longer, Yoan Gouffran – a lot of players took some time to adapt. Ask any Premier League manager and they’ll say the same thing. “It’s a different demand. It’s demands more than anything else.” Riviere’s cause has not been helped by the way 21-year-old Perez has started his career in the Barclays Premier League. He scored the decisive goal in his first league start for the club, a 2-1 victory at Tottenham on October 26 last year, and was also on target in each of the next two games, wins against Liverpool and West Brom. Press Association However, the last of his five goals for the club to date came against Everton on December 26, and Cisse has had to shoulder a significant burden since his return from the African Nations Cup. The Senegal international, who is to undergo a minor procedure on his troublesome knee during his lay-off, will not be able to do so again, however, until the final three games of the campaign after earning himself a lengthy ban following his spitting match with Manchester United defender Jonny Evans, and Carver has little sympathy with him. He said: “What he did was wrong, first of all, but it’s very difficult to act on a situation when somebody has actually done that to you, and until somebody actually does it to you, you don’t know how you would react. “I think I know how I would react, and I don’t think I would have spat in somebody’s face. It was an unsavoury situation, wasn’t it? Let’s be honest.” Carver will welcome Jack Colback back from suspension and Remy Cabella from a knee problem, but fellow midfielder Mehdi Abeid and full-back Massadio Haidara are out with thigh and knee injuries respectively. However, he will hope his depleted squad can take advantage of Everton’s midweek Europa League exertions, a situation knows only too well after Newcastle’s last dalliance with the competition. He said: “When you work so hard to get your team into a position to qualify for it and then you’ve got to play so many games that it’s detrimental to your bread and butter, which is Premier League football, it’s taking away from it.” The 25-year-old, who was drafted in from Monaco to help plug the gap left by the departures of Loic Remy, Shola Ameobi and Luuk de Jong, is still awaiting his first Barclays Premier League goal after slipping behind youngster Ayoze Perez in the St James’ Park pecking order. However, Riviere has been preferred to the former Tenerife starlet in the last two games, and Cisse’s enforced absence as he begins a seven-game ban as his team-mates travel to Everton on Sunday means he is likely to be handed an extended run in the team.
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and the world’s most expensive player, Neymar, have made the top three shortlist for the Best Men’s Player Award as part of The Best FIFA Football Awards for 2017.The top three finalists were announced earlier today at a special media event held in London with football legends like Roberto Di Matteo, Jay Jay Okocha, Andriy Shevchenko, Peter Shilton, Alex Scott and Jay Jay Okocha.The Best Player Award recipient would be announced at the London Palladium Theatre (Argyll Street) on October 23, 2017.Aside the Best Men’s Player Award category, the 3-man shortlist for categories like The Best FIFA Women’s Player, The Best FIFA Women’s Player, The Best FIFA Men’s Coach, The Best FIFA Women’s Coach and The Best FIFA Goalkeeper were also revealed.The Best FIFA Football Award nominees are as follows:The Best FIFA Men’s Player:Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid)Neymar (Brazil/FC Barcelona/Paris Saint-Germain)Lionel Messi (Argentina/Barcelona)The Best FIFA Women’s Player:Deyna Castellanos (Venezuela/Santa Clarita Blue Heat/Florida State Seminoles)Lieke Martens (Netherlands/FC Rosengard/Barcelona)Carli Lloyd (USA/Houston Dash/Manchester City Women)The Best FIFA Men’s Coach:Massimiliano Allegri (Italy/Juventus)Zinedine Zidane (France/Real Madrid)Antonio Conte (Italy/Chelsea)The Best FIFA Women’s Coach:Nils Nielsen (Denmark/Danish national team)Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands/Dutch national team)Gerard Precheur (France/Olympique Lyonnais)The Best FIFA Goalkeeper:Gianluigi Buffon (Italy/Juventus)Manuel Neuer (Germany/Bayern Munich)Keylor Navas (Costa Rica/Real Madrid)FIFA Puskás Award:Kevin-Prince Boateng (Ghana/Las Palmas/23.10.2016)Alejandro Camargo (Argentina/Universidad de Conception/04.12.2016)Olivier Giroud (France/Arsenal/01.01.2017)Deyna Castellanos (Venezuela/Venezuela U-17 Women national team/24.10.2016)Moussa Dembele (France/Celtic FC/05.02.2017)Aviles Hurtado (Colombia/Tijuana Xolos/01.04.2017)Mario Mandzukic (Croatia/Juventus/03.06.2017)Oscarine Masuluke (South Africa/Baroka FC/30.11.2016)Nemanja Matic (Serbia/Chelsea/23.04.2017)Jordi Mboula (Spain/ FC Barcelona Youth/22.02.2017)FIFA Fan Award:Borussia DortmundFC CopenhagenCeltic FC RelatedFIFA Announce 2017 World Best Player Award ShortlistAugust 17, 2017In “Africa”2017 Best FIFA Football Awards: Ronaldo Wins Best Male PlayerOctober 24, 2017In “England”I Have Now Won Best Player Five Times – Ronaldo Fuels Messi RivalryOctober 24, 2017In “FIFA”
Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been one of the best players in the world for over a decade now.Even at age 35, Ronaldo remains a fine goalscoring specimen who continues to find the back of the net with spectacular efforts, like his overhead kick for Real Madrid against Juventus.However, these brilliant strikes used to come more frequently in his more youthful days, none more emphatic than his piledriver against Porto in the 2008-09 UEFA Champions League season.Ronaldo, then at Manchester United, picked up the ball just outside the centre-circle and with only one thought in his mind, fired a shot from about 40 yards from goal.The ball flew like a rocket and nestled in the top corner past a stunned Porto defence and keeper.The goal was obviously nominated for FIFA’s Puskas Award and though it faced stiff competition from a number of other contenders, Ronaldo picked up the prize.Take a look at the goal below:⏪ Cristiano Ronaldo back in 2009 ⏪#UCL @ManUtd pic.twitter.com/UCBXYVXmhR— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) February 5, 2019Here are some fan reactions to the strike:If you ever wondered what a rocket looked like 🚀 🔥— josue 🥵 (@ponchi4444) February 5, 2019 I remember this goal like it was yesterday, what a beauty by @Cristiano— Luleka Msane (@Lu_msane) February 5, 2019 pic.twitter.com/7PU1f6loOf— Jahmar Brown (@jambi33) February 5, 2019 One of the purest struck shots ever. 😳— Patrick May (@p_may) February 5, 2019What about his competition for the award? They included both goals from Chelsea eventful 1-1 draw with Barcelona at Stamford Bridge.Here’s Essien’s strike:😎 Next up…🔵 Michael Essien’s first-time volley!#UCL | #FlashbackFriday | @ChelseaFC pic.twitter.com/FtqdM20Tx4— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) February 28, 2020And here’s Iniesta’s:🔵🔴 Andrés Iniesta sends Barcelona to the final in style #OTD in 2009 ⚽️#UCL | @FCBarcelona pic.twitter.com/kkvqOvK9Um— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) May 6, 2019Fernando Torres also made it onto the list with this stunning effort:🗓 | On this day in 2009, Fernando Torres Vs Blackburn Rovers. ⚽️ #LFC🏟 Anfield⏱ 33rd Minute🔝 @BBCSport Goal of the Month for April 20091️⃣4️⃣th Goal of the Season🔴 Won the Game 4-0Was this @Torres best strike for Liverpool? 🤔pic.twitter.com/ULlDtS2hq2— LFCinema (@LFCinema) April 11, 2019 Technique and Power is unreal here.— COVID-DEEZ❌ (@FromThe92154) February 5, 2019