A work of art featuring messages from Liverpool FC fans to departing captain Steven Gerrard has been completed.
The ‘Gerrard Wall’ was commissioned by the Liverpool Echo to mark Gerrard’s departure to start a new life in America with Los Angeles Galaxy.
Artists have been working on the image, which celebrates his twenty-seven years at Liverpool, at Chavasse Park Dome all week. It will stay at Liverpool One until Saturday evening and will then be on display at the Liverpool FC players’ awards next Tuesday.
Thousands of messages have poured in from all over the world with the Echo and the artists using as many as they could. A wall ten times the size would have been needed to include every single one – but there is a book next to it at Liverpool One for any additional messages, all of which will be sent to Gerrard.
That year, then-Real Salt Lake teammate Andy Williams’ wife was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia.
Andy asked Real Salt Lake to put on a bone marrow donor drive to help find his wife a match.
Soon thereafter, Chris was traded twice and eventually landed in Dallas.
Two years later…
Chris’ dad was a match for his uncle, which deepened Chris’ resolve to help someone in need, should the opportunity arise.
One day, Chris received an email telling him he was a match. Despite his lack of a guaranteed playing contract while his fiancee was pregnant, Chris decided to go through with the invasive and painful surgery.
Doctors drilled 36 holes in his back to get the bone marrow out.
Chris missed the remainder of the 2012 season while he recovered. At the time, he didn’t know the name of the man whose life he saved. Two years later, however, Chris finally met Phil Richiuso.
The offensive ‘trend’ of yelling at female reporters is nothing new. Female reporters have been harassed in Canada and the United States with varations on an offensive chant over the past year. (It’s not just in North America: Sky Sports’ reporters were also harrassed repeatedly on Transfer Deadline Day, leading to changes in their coverage.)
But now, in a welcome step, Canadian police appear to be looking into possible criminal charges against the hecklers.
So I dunno how many people still play Animal Crossing, but I wanted to give myself a creative challenge, so I went back to my copy of New Leaf and decided to create this season’s entire collection of MLS home jerseys. I’ll be queuing up the QR codes for the rest of the day for anyone who wants to bring some Major League Soccer to their town.