2008 finals

I guess it’s time to bring this back.

This illustration was drawn by Yana back in 2008:

And this is a panel from the latest chapter (ch126):

I’m not saying these are the same photo, but it’s good to keep in mind that Yana has had the idea of the “burnt family photo” since 2008 :D

But who even says “I’ll call. I hate the fall.” 

In the workshop Roger and Mark both say it 

MARK: Okay. Love you! Call.
ROGER: Love you too. I hate the fall. 

In the 1996 OBC recording, I’m like 80% sure that Mark says it. 

In the movie soundtrack, Mark says it. 

In the deleted scene, we just get a “I’ll call” from Roger. 

In the 2008 final show, Roger says it.

In the final script, it says it’s Roger’s line.

So like 

That throws me off. 


Gold medalist and Olympic champion representing the United States of America….

Athens 2004 - gold Carly Patterson (United States), silver Svetlana Khorkina (Russia), bronze Zhang Nan (China)

Beijing 2008 - gold Nastia Liukin (United States), silver Shawn Johnson (United States), bronze Yang Yilin (China)

London 2012 - gold Gabby Douglas (United States), silver Viktoria Komova (Russia), bronze Aliya Mustafina (Russia)

Rio 2016 - gold Simone Biles (United States), silver Aly Raisman (United States), bronze Aliya Mustafina (Russia)

Exclusive: Man City's new signing Carli Lloyd confident she can transform woman’s game in England

For those unfamiliar with Carli Lloyd, YouTube is probably a good place to start. Type in ‘Carli Lloyd halfway line goal’, sit back and feast on the sight of the world’s best female footballer scoring with an audacious 60-yard lob that might make even David Beckham blush. Viewed in isolation, the strike would be sublime. In context, it assumes far greater significance since the goal completed Lloyd’s hat-trick in the opening 16 minutes of the United States’ 5-2 victory against Japan in the 2015 Women’s World Cup final.

Lloyd had already demonstrated her appetite for the big occasion by claiming the winning goals for the US in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic finals.

But becoming only the second person to score three goals in a World Cup final, after Geoff Hurst for England in 1966, and following it with back-to-back Fifa World Player of the Year awards, propelled the midfielder to superstar status in her homeland. Moreover, it marked the realisation of a 12-year plan that had seemed little more than a fanciful pipedream for a player who, back in 2004, was ready to quit the sport she would come to dominate, albeit at a great personal cost in terms of her relationship with her family, more on which later.

It is easy, then, to understand the excitement her signing on a short-term deal for Manchester City last month has generated within the women’s game in this country. 

In Denmark tomorrow evening, Lloyd will be spearheading the club’s pursuit of a place in the last four of the Champions League when they face Fortuna Hjorring in the first leg of their quarter-final tie. Pep Guardiola has spoken publicly about wanting to lure Lionel Messi from Barcelona to City. Well, the club’s women’s team has already landed the female version and she is determined to help transform the standing of the woman’s game on these shores.

“I am aware of the reaction, it’s been huge for women’s soccer,” said Lloyd, who made her City debut in the 1-0 FA Cup quarter-final win over Reading on Saturday. “I think I have the ability right now to change the way women’s soccer is viewed over here, back home in the US, across the globe.

“Man City is one of the biggest clubs in the world and I think that me being over here is helping to promote the game and that’s ultimately what I want. If I can help change the game, on and off the pitch, that’s really what I’m trying to do.”

An hour in Lloyd’s company at City’s CFA training base on Tuesday offered an intriguing insight into the drive and single-mindedness that, with the help of her Australian coach and mentor James Galanis, turned what she candidly describes as a brittle and lazy young women into the female game’s fiercest competitor. That lob, for example, was no fluke. It was the result of years of practice, visualising and perfecting that very scenario, just as her telephone conversation with Galanis in the days after the World Cup final underlined the insatiable quest for improvement.

Lloyd wants to help promote the women’s game in Britain

“James wasn’t at the final,” she explains. “He’s never been to a major event because I don’t really have people coming so I can focus. But I remember speaking to him on the phone and his son was in the car and he’s like, ‘What’s going on?’ and I said, ‘Oh, nothing much, won a World Cup and scored a few goals’ and we started laughing.

“And after that he said, ‘You could have scored five’. His son is in the back of the car going, ‘Dad, she’s just scored a hat-trick in the World Cup final!’ But I had been exactly the same. I enjoyed the moment but I still knew I had two other goals I could have scored. That’s just the way we’re wired. Even though I’ve reached the ultimate level I know there’s still another level I can get to which is what I think makes his drive and my drive so special. We just want to keep separating ourselves [from the rest].”

Lloyd is adamant that, but for Galanis, her playing career would have imploded. Having been feted throughout her teens, she was unable to deal with the disappointment of being dropped from the US Under-21 team and was ready to turn her back on football.

“I was pretty much just going to quit,” she says. “At that point in my career I never dealt with criticism. So at 21 you’re getting cut for the first time and before that you’ve been the star, whether you give 100 per cent or 80 per cent.

“So when Chris Petrucelli, the Under-21s coach, told me the truth that I wasn’t good enough, I was like ‘Wow, how dare he do that?’ But I’d never dealt with something like that before and I didn’t know how to get through it. If you look at my story and career now, every obstacle I’ve hit, I’ve come back and smashed but at that time I didn’t know how to deal with it.

“It was James who taught me. He changed my entire mindset. I wouldn’t be here without him. I might have got my foot in the door but, as far as the laziness and the lack of fitness was concerned, I would never have lasted.”

Galanis devised that 12-year programme with the target of Lloyd becoming World Player of the Year by 2016. At the time, such a target would have seemed laughable to most. Not anymore. Success, though, has come at a price. Lloyd’s autobiography, When Nobody Was Watching, was published late last year and the pages charting the gradual collapse of her relationship with her parents, Stephen and Pamela, make for uncomfortable reading. Lloyd felt they were becoming suffocating and too controlling. Her family worried she had become aloof and distant. In the weeks leading up to the Beijing Olympics in 2008, her father asked her to move out of the family home.

Carli Lloyd in action for the US

By 2012, they were no longer talking. Things got so bad that when her dad had open heart surgery, Lloyd found out only after the event. When her sister, Ashley, got married, she was not invited to the wedding. 

Talking about it is clearly tough for Lloyd who, as well as Galanis, has leaned heavily on the unwavering support of her husband, Brian Hollins, a golf professional.

“It’s been very hard,” she says. “As this was happening, James said to himself, ‘I’ve got to look after this girl, she’s 22, 23 years old and her parents have just kind of turned their back on her’ so I think that’s when he upped the fatherly role. It was certainly very difficult, very hard, lots of moment where you just sit and think, ‘Why did it have to be like this?’”

In recent months, though, there have been the first moves towards reconciliation. “The book, I think, may have helped our situation a bit,” she says. “I met up with my sister in December, she was the first one to reach out, she’s just had a baby so knowing that her baby may not know her aunt… that may have been [a factor]. It was emotional. It’d been eight or nine years. A lot of things have obviously happened.

“I’ve met with my mum. I don’t want to go into too much detail. Maybe the book has helped to bring us back together.”

Now that would be a triumph every bit as sweet as her success on the field. 




The result of my love of the concept of Multiverses and Time Travel stories (such as the Future Trunks Saga), Bad Future Bill (“Chronos”) is my character Jared William “Bill” Danus III from a future where his sister is lost in battle between them all (Bill and his friends and siblings) and the Glitch in the Multiverse (“Olim”)

Bill develops his secondary powers in the Bad Future, with help of his Royal Relic (magical artifacts that can be used by all Alternates that Bill is part of), the Amulet of Catspaw, and attempts to rectify this in order to bring about the Ideal Future that the Main Timeline Bill belongs to…

Its really a massive story behind this that requires way too much explanation, but in short, this was a varient I designed in 2008, and I finally got around to redrawing him. XD

The original design, in my limited art ability back then, was simply the regular Bill design with a hooded robe, a staff with a clock thing on it shaped like a paw print (and about four little clocks on it), grey hair streaks and an extra set of lines around the eyes.

Here, in addition to looking easily more aged from the default 12-year-old Bill design, Chronos also gained the facial hair concept that was implemented in recent years, surfacing with the updated design of his father, Jared Jr.

Worth noting is that Ideal Future Bill does not sport that big a beard and mustache combo in his future, which I might actually post that someday. XD

Jerez 2008. 250cc race. Last Lap.
Marco Simoncelli and Alvaro Bautista were fighting for victory, they crashed during the final lap. In a first moment it looked like Marco touched Alvaro but after the crash the spanish rider explain that his bike suddenly lost power driving out of a corner and Simoncelli couldn’t do anything.
They had a little chat in the gravel after the crash, they hugged each other and came back in the paddok. Mika Kallio won the race.

The 2008 Wimbledon final between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer is featured on the cover of the July 14-21, 2008 double issue of Sports Illustrated. A 14-time major winner, Nadal will face Federer, a 17-time major winner, in a highly anticipated match-up of a classic tennis rivalry at the Australian Open final on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. Nadal leads their head-to-head record 23-11 and has beaten Federer in six of their eight Grand Slam final meetings. (Simon Bruty)