What on earth was going on with the American internationals shorts in Basel last night ... oh and he scored twice as well.
One annoying thing about Clint Dempsey at Tottenham Hotspur; the sequel; Part II if you will. Sequels have a reputation for failing to live up to their predecessors. Hangover Part II, Men In Black 2, Speed 2: Cruise Control any of the new Star Wars instalments. There is a definite negative trend the longer a movie franchise continues to bleed out from its originally successful stone.
But I am hoping to do what so few have; Terminator 2, Godfather Part II, Aliens … and produce a better follow-up to my original rant relating to the choice of shirt number for the USMNT forward at White Hart Lane.
His adorning of the traditional right-back number ‘2’ jersey had me all a bother with frustration. Others found it nothing more than a mild inconvenience; others shared the same irrational hatred as me while the majority really couldn’t give two shakes of a tail feather.
Whether he wears the shirt that should be on Kyle Walker’s back is down to his rapping nickname ‘Deuce’ or because he wore the same number as a child is a different story; I think it may be a chicken and egg argument in all estimation.
But what caught my eye last night was something even more funky; his shorts.
As he teared it down the wing hotly pursued by Basel defenders Alexsandar Dragovic and Joo Ho Park trying to win his side a corner in a desperate 10-man extra-time effort I was aghast at the absolute size of his shorts.
I turned to my friend’s eyes ablaze, belly laugh at the ready; was I the only one who had noticed?
I told them to keep a beady eye on proceedings and sure enough they all recognised the wind tunnels he was wearing as leg garments. I am not entirely sure how aero-dynamic such a short would be but I struggle to believe it would help his limited pace.
Maybe it is to do with his rapping background. Baggy shorts like Ja Rule, Nas, Eminem or clearly I have not been listening to hip-hop since the turn of the century.
Maybe he is a nostalgist and is simply channelling the spirit of Sir Stanley Matthews and co from a bygone era.
Or; more likely is that the kit man had a bad day at the office.
Tottenham fans won’t care as despite tumbling out of the Europa League to an impressive Swiss outfit they did themselves proud at St-Jakob Park with a depleted team due to injury. Michael Dawson performed ‘Carragher-in-Istanbul’ like heroics at the back and I will be very surprised if he plays this weekend considering how sore his body must be.
But Dempsey also found the back of the net twice as he starts to show a little glimmer of what he has to offer. He recently bagged goals on international duty as well so if he can find that form on a consistent level he may just be an essential cog in the Champions League dip-at-the-line.
In terms of this as a sequel … I imagine it would be a B-movie, straight-to-DVD, starring Edward Furlong as Dempsey, Christian Slater as AVB and Billy Zane as Daniel Levy.
Someone get Hollywood on the phone!
image: © NathanF