Rise and shine football fanatics, The Rooster has already woken up, checked on his chickens, read the newspapers, flipped all the unnecessary pages, landed his feathery hands on the sports section, circled the uncanny news on the page, and drank his morning coffee. It’s another beautiful day in our football world.
And on the right corner, Stevie "the nightclub boxer" Gerrard
Oh yes, nothing like a talented fella’!
We all know that Steven Gerrard can run and more than half of the overpaid footballers on the football pitch, pass better than three-quarters of them, and puts his heart into football more than them all, but there’s more to Stevie G than we know.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, if you are interested in learning some quick boxing moves, don’t bother watch Mohammad Ali in the ring and don’t put your name on a list in some neighborhood boxing school, because you can get your lessons from the Liverpool captain himself.
Aside from him knowing how to throw quick punches, Stevie G knows how to do it in “the speed and style of a professional boxer.”
The Liverpool captain had a fight in Lounge Inn nightclub with 34-year-old Marcus McGee.
The row erupted after Gerrard asked McGee for a card controlling the CD player, saying: "Give me that, lad," the court heard.
"Mr. McGee took offence at his attitude and the expression 'lad' and he refused. Not many people on Merseyside, or indeed anywhere else, would refuse a request from Steven Gerrard but Mr. McGee did," said prosecutor David Turner.
Gerrard was left fuming by the exchange, and six minutes later came back over to Mr. McGee, swearing and squaring up to him "in the sort of hostile confrontation that is often seen between professional footballers."
"Steven Gerrard had clearly lost his cool: He was angry with Marcus McGee," said Turner.
Gerrard's friends came over to help, and one of them, John Doran, pushed McGee away and "could not resist following through with his right elbow into Mr McGee's face", said Turner.
"We say at this stage Gerrard totally lost it.
"Within seconds, Steven Gerrard joined in the attack with a succession of well aimed uppercut punches delivered with the style and speed of a professional boxer rather than a professional footballer."
Turner said the key question was whether Gerrard was acting in self-defence.
"Steven Gerrard is a world class footballer. He has the honour to be captain of Liverpool FC and to play for England. He is a star. He is Liverpool born and bred and here on Merseyside is a hero," he said.
"We do not say that Mr. Gerrard is normally an arrogant man, we don't say that he is a bully.
"What we do say is that that night he just lost his self control and joined in an attack which should never have taken place. He let himself down."
Gerrard is facing trial alone, after five co-defendants admitted affray, and one admitted a lesser charge of threatening behaviour.
The Rooster Hopes…
- That Javier Mascherano will stay after the Argentine said he is “tired of England.” The Rooster cannot imagine a Macherano-less Liverpool.
- That Michael Owen can show his worth in the Manchester United shirt although he would have maybe fit in better in a Sam Allardyce team.
- That the mega-swap deal between Inter and Barcelona goes through. The Rooster thinks Inter are the winners out of it. You will see.
Today, new Aston Villa signing Stewart Downing turns 25, Dennis Rommedahl turns 31, Liverpool’s Dirk Kuyt turns 29, and former Juventus and current Fiorentina winger Marco Marchionni also turns 29.
Story of the Day
Javier Mascherano is tired of life in England and wants a move to Spain. Hello, Barcelona?