One by one, black New England Patriots players are refusing to visit Donald Trump’s White House

  • It’s tradition for the team who wins the Super Bowl to visit the White House after their victory. 
  • But at least two members of the New England Patriots are turning down the invitation this year because of Trump.
  • “I’m not going to the White House,” the Patriots’ Devin McCourty told Time in a text message Monday. “Basic reason for me is I don’t feel accepted in the White House. With the president having so many strong opinions and prejudices I believe certain people might feel accepted there while others won’t.”
  • McCourty joined tight end Martellus Bennett, who confirmed on Sunday that he also would not make the White House trip, after first announcing his decision to skip it the week prior. Read more

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Tom Brady thinks visiting Donald Trump’s White House isn’t “a political thing.” He’s wrong.

  • Five New England Patriots players are protesting their team’s visit to the White House this year. QB Tom Brady is not one of those players.
  •  In an interview with NBC Sports’ ProFootballTalk, the Super Bowl MVP and Trump pal went so far as to claim that the visit wasn’t even about politics. (See quote above)
  • It’s convenient that the person most outspoken about how nonpolitical a visit to Trump’s White House would be is the person least likely to be impacted by Trump’s politics. 
  • For the players doing the protesting, however, few things are more political than palling around with the most openly bigoted president in recent memory. Read more (Opinion)

John Terry, Central Defender, one of five players to have made over 500 appearances for Chelsea and is also the club’s all-time highest scoring defender. He is considered to be one of the greatest central defenders of his generation. Terry was named UEFA Club Defender of the Year in 2005, 2008 and 2009, PFA Players’ Player of the Year in 2005, and was included in the FIFPro World XI for five consecutive seasons, from 2005 to 2009. He was also named in the all-star squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the only English player to make the team. Terry is Chelsea’s most successful captain, having led them to four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and one UEFA Champions League title since 2004.


“I actually spoke to Lucy before the game because we’ve only had Kelly Smith ever on the short-list for FIFA World Player of the Year and I said to her before the game: ‘this is your stage and you’re our next player who I believe personally can get on that list and have that recognition as an England player.’” - Alex Scott on Lucy Bronze ahead of the 2017 FA Cup Final


Not One Of England’s Finer Performances!

Yes, England Came Away With The Six Nations Chamionship

Yes, England Had A Remarkable Winning Streak Under Eddie Jones.

But I Am Gob-Smacked By The Unsportsmanlike Performances Of Some England Players On The Pitch Today!

Owen Farrell…What The Frack!!!!

Dan Coles…Well, He Does Not Surprise Me…Big PWE!

And Danny Care…Keep Your Cool Man!

Ireland Played Phenomenally!

St. Patrick’s Revenge!!!

Erin Go Bragh, Laddies And Lassies!

what she says: i’m fine

what she means: The Helmet Trap was an American football play involving New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver David Tyree in the final two minutes of Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008. It featured Manning escaping from the grasp of three New England Patriots defensive players and throwing a forward pass, followed by Tyree making a leaping catch by pressing the ball against his helmet. The play, a 32-yard gain during a drive on which the Giants scored the game-winning touchdown, was instrumental in the Giants’ 17–14 upset victory over the Patriots, who were on the verge of becoming the first National Football League (NFL) team to finish a season undefeated and untied since the 1972 Miami Dolphins, and the first since the NFL adopted a 16-game schedule in 1978. NFL Films’ Steve Sabol called it “the greatest play the Super Bowl has ever produced”. The play was also named by NFL Films as “The Play of the Decade (2000s)”.

Mythical Sea Creatures and Beings
  • Adaro- Solomon Islands. A warlike type of merman with gills and webbed feet.
  • Aegeon- Greece.  A monster with fifty heads and a hundred arms, personifying hurricanes and violent seas.  He was also known as Briareus and could have been as aspect of Poseidon.
  • Ahi Budhnya- India (Hindu).  A serpent of the deep primeval waters.
  • Alcina/Fata Alcina- Italy.  A monster who lived in the Straits of Mesina.  Sailors who saw her drowned.
  • Ao-Jun- China.  A dragon of the western sea that brought good fortune.
  • Ao-K’in- China.  A dragon of the southern sea that brought goodness.
  • Ao-Kuang- China.  A dragon of the eastern sea that brought virtue.
  • Ao-Shun- China.  A dragon of the northern sea that brought generosity.
  • Aonbarr- Isle of Man.  The magical horse of sea god Manannan that could travel through the ocean or over land.
  • Ben Varrey- Isle of Man.  A mermaid who, depending on her mood, lured sailors to their death or warned them of approaching bad weather.
  • Blue Men of the Minch- Scotland.  Water fairies who roiled the waters of the Minch Channel near the Outer Hebrides.  Their leader was called Shony.  The Blue Men were described as having wings and a fondness for singing.  They were said to board ships and demand tribute.  If they were appeased, they would cause storms.  On the Isle of Skye, the Blue Men were believed to be remnants of the Picts, who painted their bodies with blue woad.
  • Bonito Maidens- Solomon Islands.  Mermaids.
  • Brounger- Scotland.  A type of water fairy who inhabited the sea along the east coast of Scotland and warned of approaching storms.
  • Bucca Gwidden- Cornwall, England.  Offerings of food and drink were made to this water fairy to bring good luck.  Originally a sea god, his name means “white spirit”.
  • Cabbyl Ushty- Isle of Man.  A type of fairy horse of the sea, distinguishable by its backward hooves.  Humans who tried to ride these creatures were usually drowned.
  • Charybdis- Greece.  A whirlpool in the Straits of Messina that could consume entire ships.  Along with her companion Scylla, Charybdis attacked Odysseus and his crew on their legendary voyage.  She was also known as the Witch of the Shoals.
  •  Coirebhreacain- Scotland.  Also known as Cailleach the Hag.  Located between Jura and Scarba, the Cailleach made it a gamble to use the shortcut through the Crinan Canal (an alternative to passing around the Mull of Kintyre).  It has been said that “the roar of the whirlpool can be heard a distance of twenty miles and the confused seas attain a height of twenty feet”.
  • Daoine Mara- Scotland.  The Gaelic name for a type of mer-people, which literally translates as “sea people”.  In oral tradition, some Scottish clans were known as the People of the Sea.
  • Davy Jones- England.  An ocean spirit or ghost.  Sailors lost at sea were said to have gone to Day Jones’ Locker at the bottom of the deep.
  • Dopkalfar- Norway.  Dark elves that lived in either the woods or the sea.
  • Each- Uisge- Scotland.  A fairy water horse that lived in the sea as well as the lochs.
  • Fee des Houles- Brittany, France.  Sea fairies that made their homes in caves.
  • Fiachra- Ireland.  The king of the western sea fairies.
  • Fin-Folk- Scotland.  There are extensive legends about the Fin-Folk who were variously known as Finn-Men. Muckle Men, Fion, and Fin-Finn, which meant small.  As little boat people they were later associated with Finland.  Through the name Fion, they were linked with Ireland’s legendary hero Fion the Fair and associated with the Otherworld.  In some areas of Scotland they were believed to be sea fairies with beautiful gardens around their underwater homes.  In Cornwall and Wales, they were also called sea gardeners.  Elsewhere in Scotland they were seen as the remnants of the ancient Pict people.  Sightings were recorded from 1682 to 1864.  They were also called Finn Wizards in Shetland, where they were believed to don seal skin and masquerade as seals.  They had power over the winds through magic worked with leather bags and black strings.  By unknotting the strings or unstopping the bags, they could bring up a wind and cause a storm.  Belief in the Fin-Folk also stretched to Norway, where they were said to keep crows as familiars who would let them know what was going on in the world.  Only the Fin-Folk could ride a water horse.
  • Gioga- Scotland.  The queen of the sea trows (trolls) who were mainly found around the islands.
  • Grendel- Norway.  A giant monster that frequently devastated the North Sea coast.  He personified the powers of the deep sea and storm floods.  Grendel was killed by Beowulf.
  • Groach Vor- Brittany, France and Cornwall, England. A type of mermaid.
  • Haaf-fish- Orkney Islands, Scotland.  A type of selkie.
  • Hakenmann- Germany.  A monster of coastal Northern Germany that had the head of a man and a body of a fish.
  • Halfway People- Canada.  The Micmac name for mer-people.  In their legends, the mermaids sang to warn fishermen of storms.
  • Havfine- Norway.  Mermaids that were bad omens.
  • Havfrue- Denmark.  A mermaid who could be a friend or a foe to fishermen, as her presence foretold of coming storms.  She gathered the bones of those who had drowned.
  • Havmand- Denmark.  A handsome type of merman who was friendly to humans.
  • Jormungandr- Norway.  A great serpent that circled the human world with his tail in his mouth.  He personified the ocean that was believed to circle Middle Earth.  It was also known as the Midgard serpent.
  • Juruta/Jurute- Lithuania.  A mermaid or sea fairy that originated as a sea goddess and consort of Perun, the god of thunder.  She is associated with the gemstone amber.
  • Kakamora- Solomon Islands.  Cave-dwelling ocean fairies known for their long, sharp fingernails.  They were said to have an aversion to the color white.
  • Kami- Japan (Shinto).  Elementals living under the ocean.
  • Karawatongia- Malaysia.  Seashore fairies known for their beautiful hair.
  • Kelpie- Scotland.  Also known as Nix, Nuggle, water horse, water bull, and Each Uisage (Greece), this creature was considered the “most ancient and primitive type of mermaid’s northern ancestors”.  The most common form of the Kelpie was a gray water horse that offered rides and then threw its passenger into the water, sometimes to drown.  Kelpies could appear as human men, but had hair of seaweed.  When not throwing riders, they liked to stand atop water wheels, bringing them to a halt.
  • Kraken- Scandinavia.  A round, flat sea creature that created whirlpools to ensnare passing ships.  In other legends it was variously portrayed as a giant fish, whale, or squid.
  • Lakhmu- Babylon.  A sea monster called up by Tiamat to fight against the god Marduk.
  • Lamia- Greece.  Sea fairies whose dancing could create waterspouts.
  • Leviathan- Phoenicia.  A sea serpent/dragon that came into being on the fifth day of creation.  As chaos incarnate, his great tail made the seas roil.  His name means “coiled”.
  • Luchorpain- Ireland.  A type of leprechaun that could live beneath the sea.  They allowed humans to safely journey to their realm by use of a magic cloak over their heads of special herbs placed into their ears.
  • Maighdean Mara- Scotland.  A mermaid whose name means “sea maiden”.
  • Maighdean na Tuinne- Scotland.  A mermaid whose name means “maiden beneath the waves”.
  • Mal-de-Mer- Corwall, England and Brittany, France.  Sea fairies that caused shipwrecks, then took possession of the drowned souls.  Their name means “evil of the sea”.
  • Mama Alo- African and Caribbean.  Also known as Mama Jo, these mermaids liked to capture a person’s shadow-metaphor for soul.  They could transform and come ashore as cats, which is why stray cats in the West indies were not welcome guests.
  • Mara-Halddo- Lapland.  A type of sea fairy.
  • Mara-Warra- Ireland.  Mermaids with rich undersea dwellings.
  • Margygr-  Greenland.  Mer-folk.
  • Marie Morgane- British Isles.  Mermaids related to Celtic fairies.
  • Mari- morgan- Brittany, France.  Sea fairies usually described as sitting on rocks and combing their luxurious hair with golden combs.
  • Marmaeler- Scandinavia.  Children of the Meerweiber.
  • Mary Player- England.  A mermaid who could cause a ship to sink by swimming three times around it.
  • Meerfrauen/Meerjungfern- Germany.  Mermaids.
  • Meermann- Germany.  Merman.
  • Meerweiber- Scandinavia.  Mermaids or sea women.
  • Mer-Folk- Legends abound worldwide about these near-mortal beings who lived mainly under water in a fairylike paradise.  They occasionally came ashore disguised as humans through the use of a magical garment such as a veil, cap, scarf, or sometimes a seal skin.  Capturing such a garment gave control over a mer-person.
  • Mermaids- Classical mythology often depicted mermaids seated on rocks combing their long hair.  They were voluptuously human above the waist with the lower body of a fish.  In worldwide legends their personalities vary from helpful to malevolent.
  • Mermen- The male equivalent of mermaids, also called Tritons.  Unlike mermaids, mermen were said to be very unattractive.
  • Merrow/Morvadh/Murrughach- Gaelic names for the mer-folk.  They were portrayed as peaceful and sometimes intermarried with humans.  The offspring of such a union had webbed toes and fingers.
  • Merrymaids- Cornwall, England.  Mermaids.
  • Mer-woman/Mer-Wife- England.  Mermaids.
  • Muireartach/Muilearteach- Scotland.  A type of sea fairy that appeared as an old woman with blue-gray skin and one eye.  She could also appear as a sea serpent and cause storms.
  • Murdhuachas- Ireland.  Sea fairies with the head of a seal or walrus.  Sometimes they helped sailors; at other times they hindered them.
  • Mweedn- Wales.  A child of the sea.
  • Naga Padoha- Southeastern Asia.  a sea serpent that tried to destroy the first lands created by the god Batara Guru.
  • Neagle/ Nuggle/Nyaggle- Shetland Islands, Scotland.  Alternative names for a water horse.
  • Nickur/Nykur/Ninnir- Iceland.  A gray or black water horse also found in rivers and lakes.
  • Ningyo- Japan.  A mermaid.
  • Nuckelavee- Scotland.  A sea fairy that usually appeared as a grotesque water horse.  While it could go ashore, it had an aversion to fresh water and rain.
  • Orc- Italy (Roman).  A sea monster.
  • Polong- New Zealand.  Sea fairies that fought with the Maori people.
  • Roane- Ireland and Scotland.  Sea fairies that took the form of seals.  On shore they could remove the seal skin, but anyone who took possession of it had power over the roan.
  • Ryu-wo- Japan.  A sea dragon that was also king of rain and storms.
  • Scylla- Greece.  The six-headed rock monster of the Straits of Messina.  According to legends she was a sea nymph who Circe turned into a monster, jealous of her trysts with Zeus and Poseidon.  Along with her companion, Charybdis the whirlpool, Scylla attacked Odysseus and his crew on their legendary voyage.
  • Sea serpents- Legends of great unknown creatures have been reported worldwide through the ages.  One recorded incident in New England occurred off Cape Ann, Massachusetts in June, 1639.
  • Sea spirits- Isle of Man.  Sea fairies who used discarded seashells for boats.  They usually aided people in need.
  • Sea trows- Northern Europe, Scandinavia, British Isles.  A type of troll living a the bottom of the ocean.  While they tended to play tricks on people, they were not malevolent.
  • Selkie- Orkney Islands, Scotland.  Sea fairies that appeared as seals, but shed the disguise on land.  They came to dance for special occasions.  As with roanes, stealing a selkie’s seal skin gave a person power over it.  Various legends portrayed selkies as fallen angels or humans who were guilty of major transgressions.  Male selklies were said to take human lovers.
  • Shoopiltees- Orkney and Shetland Islands, Scotland.  Water ponies.
  • Sirena- Guam.  A mermaid who could only be caught with a net of human hair. 
  • Tangle- Shetland Islands, Scotland.  A mischievous type of water horse.
  • Tarroo-Ushey- Isle of Man.  A dangerous water bull that was capable of going ashore.
  • Uilebheist- Orkney and Shetland Islands, Scotland.  A sea monster/dragon with multiple heads.
  • Undines- Greece.  Sea fairies whose name means “wave”.  They could appear as human or sea horse.  Elementals of any type of water came to be called undines.
  • Usumgal- Sumer.  A sea serpent.
  • Vatea- Polynesia.  A mermaid that was half porpoise.
  • Water bull- Scotland.  Similar to a water horse; however, it protected people from harm rather than playing tricks on them.
  • Water horse- Scotland.  Also called  kelpie.  A horse with a wheel for a tail, linking it to symbols for both the sun and “the edge of the night”.  Before it disappeared below the sea,a tiny blue flame could be seen.  On the east coast of the Shetland Islands the water horse was a light color, and on the west coast it was dark with sand in its mane.  In contrast to the kelpie legends, the Shetland water horse could take riders to a beautiful realm under the sea.  The journey was pleasant but the rider could not return to the world of humans.
  • Waternome- Germany.  Mermaid or sea-woman.
  • Wihwin- Central America.  A water horse that spent its summers in the forested mountains.
  • Zabel- Phoenicia.  A creature known as a lord of the sea, he was summoned to fight against Baal.    

Sea Magic: Connecting With the Ocean’s Energy by Sandra Kynes

“In June 2011, I got a call from an official at Sunderland while I was having lunch with my girlfriend and some mates. On the call, they told me that a deal with Liverpool had been agreed and that I should head down that way to agree on personal terms. A few hours later, my dad and I were in the car driving down the M6 to Liverpool. We got in late and the next morning I was at Melwood. By the afternoon, I was officially a Liverpool player. It was kind of surreal!

One of the reasons Liverpool was significant to me was because it meant sharing a dressing room with Steven Gerrard. He was my favourite England player when I was growing up.. It was a bit strange at first being around Stevie.. however, he’s the kind of person who makes you feel relaxed pretty quickly.. he was a great person to learn from day to day at the club.” - Hendo recalls how his move to Liverpool went down and first meeting Steven Gerrard. 


Hello, it’s me (sorry i had to) and i’m finally updating my ficrec (yay!) there’s ~40 fics on here, so if you happen to be bored give them a go!

As always my favorites are bolded, read the tags before you proceed to read a fic and leave lovely comments on the works if you can! Enjoy!

Here we go:

  • So are you saying yes? by itsmylifekay [8k+ | NR]
    Basically, Zayn works at London’s version of Say Yes to the Dress and has a bit of a celebrity crush. Liam is one of the best runners in the world but can’t seem to escape his attraction to a boy he saw on TV. Louis of course has to meddle and Harry is along for the ride. Liam’s sisters are just trying to help. 
  • The Way You Do by zenamored [2.2k+ | General]
    They don’t define it, not really. At least in terms understandable to everyone else. Right now, it’s them. It’s enough.
    (Alternatively, the one where Liam finds himself at Zayn’s house more often than not and nobody is complaining.)
  • Christmas Without You by ZaynedDown [3.2k+ | Teen]
    “They want me to do a Christmas special and perform.”
    “Liam, tell them no. Christmas is our holiday!”
    “I know that, love. They’re not giving me a choice here, but we’re still spending Christmas together. Nobody will ever take Christmas away from us.”
  • I’ll See You (in Gold and Blue) by Anonymous [50.5k | Explicit]
    Liam is a keeper for the Tutshill Tornadoes, a Hogwarts dropout, and, at seventeen, the youngest professional Quidditch player in England. Zayn is a seventh year Ravenclaw, most likely the next Newt Scamander, and maybe the only boy in the entire wizarding world who doesn’t keep up with Quidditch. It takes a dragon, three near death experiences, and most of the Daily Prophet’s gossip column journalists for them to figure it out but somehow, they get there in the end. Featuring Louis as Liam’s scheming teammate, Harry as a media intern who just wants an exclusive (and a boyfriend), and Niall as the world’s biggest Tutshill Tornado fan and Hogwarts’ biggest ladies’ man. 
  • The course of true love never did run smooth by Anonymous [24.5k | Mature]
    He lets them talk to look around the room while eating his roasted chicken and to his own despair, he meets Liam’s eyes across the room from where he sits with Niall and their friend Sophia. She talks to Liam but it looks like he is not listening, he is looking straight at Zayn and even in the distance, he can see the coldness in those brown eyes. Zayn lowers his eyes then and concentrates on his food, his chicken being a lot less judgmental than Liam fucking Payne and it hurts a lot less to concentrate on his food than to stare into those eyes. Welcome to seventh year Zayn, nothing really changed and he still hates you just as much.
    Or the one where Zayn and Liam are in Hogwarts and kind of hate each other.
  • Elevator to the Moon by hit_it_with_a_shoe [7.7k | NR]
    A few hours of the early morning in which things are barely said.
    Liam comes to visit Zayn’s hotel room. They order room service, have a smoke, and nothing really changes.
    Zayn feels like he’s falling apart inside of his own skull.
  • watch you on the red horizon by jmcats [35k+ | Explicit]
    Liam feels so warm, so overwhelmed. He sinks down into the sofa, pushing a content smile across his knuckles. He feels so honestly grateful for Zayn, just for a moment.The feeling will pass (he hopes) and it’ll lose its momentum like everything else in his life.
    (alternatively: Liam is a struggling writer and a single father who keeps getting stuck in his writing. Zayn is a line cook trying to make something of himself. They’re neighbors. And they definitely don’t act like they’re married. At all.)
  • Brighter Than The Summer Sun by Boyfriendsziam & zipplekink [10.4k+ | Explicit]
    Zayn has always liked going to the local park with his dogs and his homework, or his sketchpad. But he has liked it more lately, though he has been distracted from his work, because he can’t keep his eyes away from Liam, a volunteer for the youth summer camp, as he runs around and plays with the campers.

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Paul Scholes, Midfielder, the most decorated English footballer of all time, and one of the most successful footballers in history, having won a total of 25 trophies, featuring 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League titles.

Scholes made 718 appearances for United, the third-highest number of appearances by any player for the club. Scholes announced his retirement from playing on 31 May 2011, receiving a testimonial match, and began his coaching career at the club from the 2011–12 season onward. However, he reversed this decision on 8 January 2012, and went on to play one more season before retiring again in May 2013.

“There is no doubt for me that Paul Scholes is still in a class of his own. He’s almost untouchable in what he does. I never tire of watching him play. You rarely come across the complete footballer, but Scholes is as close to it as you can get. One of my regrets is that the opportunity to play alongside him never presented itself during my career.” ~ Zinedine Zidane

The signs with England nt players


Aries: Harry Kane
Taurus: Theo Walcott
Gemini: Chris Smalling
Cancer: Joe Hart
Leo: Jordan Henderson
Virgo: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Libra: Ross Barkley
Scorpio: Jamie Vardy
Sagittarius: Wayne Rooney
Capricorn: Nathaniel Clyne
Aquarius: Adam Lallana
Pisces: James Milner


Aries: Chris Smalling
Taurus: Nathaniel Clyne
Gemini: Ross Barkley
Cancer: James Milner
Leo: Harry Kane
Virgo: Jamie Vardy
Libra: Theo Walcott
Scorpio: Adam Lallana
Sagittarius: Joe Hart
Capricorn: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Aquarius: Jordan Henderson
Pisces: Wayne Rooney

Best Friend:

Aries: Wayne Rooney
Taurus: Jordan Henderson
Gemini: James Milner
Cancer: Theo Walcott
Leo: Nathaniel Clyne
Virgo: Chris Smalling
Libra: Joe Hart
Scorpio: Harry Kane
Sagittarius: Ross Barkley
Capricorn: Adam Lallana
Aquarius: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Pisces: Jamie Vardy