Please note the new category: Bobby Ramblings. Well done, 'Collun.'
It's a big day today with a full slate of Premier League action (feels like it's been a while, doesn't it?), a huge game in Spain, and of course the NFL playoffs beginning for realsies. DPeezy's Seahawks play in the afternoon, but more on that later.
In other news...
Messi not 100% for top-of-the-table clash | Reuters
The little guy made his injury return midweek, but Gerardo Martino has doubts whether Messi can start, let alone go the full 90 today. I mean, not that Thibaut Courtois needs any help, but not having to face Messi for the entire match can only improve Atletico's chances of winning.
Your brutal ski jumping crash video of the day | SB Nation
Ski jumping is a spectacular sport to watch. This one however is spectacular in all the wrong ways. 2006 Olympic champ Thomas Morgenstern somehow made it through without any critical injuries, fortunately.
Reply Allpocalypse Brings Media World To Screeching Halt | Deadspin
If you work in any sort of environment that takes advantage of mailing or distribution lists, this will be all too familiar.
The sound and the fury of BEASTQUAKE | SB Nation
If you read just one story about the greatest run in NFL (playoff) history, make it this one.
Merry Christmas, here's a kick to the shin! | Grantland, Deadspin
Yes, I know the Deadspin link (if you actually followed it) isn't about Chelsea, but rather the Seahawks (who had the NFL's best defense). Yet, they do have a common theme: sometimes, the best defense is fouling. High pressure, lots of fouls. Not too much, but certainly not too little. Just find the limit... and then try to push beyond it just a little bit. They're not going to call everything.
FOOTBALL (all times GMT):
15.00: Premier League, 17th vs. 19th: Cardiff City vs. West Ham United
15.00: Premier League, 5th vs. 15th: Everton vs. Norwich City
15.00: Premier League, 16th vs. 20th: Fulham vs. Sunderland
15.00: Premier League, 9th vs. 14th: Southampton vs. West Bromwich Albion
15.00: Premier League, 6th vs. 18th: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Crystal Palace
17.30: Premier League, 7th vs. 13th: Manchester United vs. Swansea City
19.00: La Liga, 2nd vs. 1st: Atlético Madrid vs. Barcelona