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The Daily Hilario: Welcome back to the Champions League and the FA Youth Cup

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Your daily dose of off-topic shenanigans. Now with added Champions League and FA Youth Cup action.

Dennis Grombkowski

Three things:

  1. Yey, Champions League is back!
  2. Yey, FA Youth Cup is back (Chelsea U18 travel to Cardiff; live on Chelsea TV at 19.05 GMT). Newcastle U18 await the winners in the quarterfinals.
  3. True Detective episode 6 5 was the most intense yet.

In other news...

But sometimes, it's a tear gas canister | The Guardian
Smoke bombs are nothing new at football matches on the continent. But when that smoke bomb turns out to be a military-grade tear gas canister, well... shit just got real. WTF.

A proposal to bring B-teams to England | Liverpool Offside
Food for thought, if nothing else.

Rest assured, Narrative is alive and well in the other football as well | SB Nation
The annual NFL Scouting Combine starts this week, and that means only one thing: context-free reports about the state of America's youth. Spencer's not the only one destroying this thing, by the way; here's Deadspin's take on this "troll scout."

The olympic men's hockey tournament is weird | Arctic Ice Hockey
Despite being the suckiest bunch of sucks that have ever sucked, Team Slovakia still has a chance at a medal. They have to beat their half-brothers first (12pm EST); a matchup that's generally more intense than the whole revolution that split Czechoslovkia back in 1993. (There's a reason they call it the Velvet Revolution.)

Your Gus Kenworthy puppy rescue update | Deadspin
Still my favorite olympian.

FOOTBALL (all times GMT):
19.05: FA Youth Cup, fifth round: Cardiff City U18 vs. Chelsea U18 (hey, that's us; live on Chelsea TV)
19.45: Championship, 17th vs. 4th: Sheffield Wednesday vs. Derby County
19.45: Champions League, round of 16, 1st leg: Manchester City vs. Barcelona
19.45: Champions League, round of 16, 1st leg: Bayer Leverkusen vs. PSG