Four West Brom players have been interviewed by police after allegedly stealing a taxi in Barcelona.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) February 16, 2018
You may be wondering how the title of this blog relates to the tweet that is referenced above. Let’s go over the details one at a time.
West Brom is a soccer club in England. It’s cold in England in February. The team is on a “warm weather” training session in Barcelona, Spain prior to a Saturday match with Southampton (another English team). It’s 40 degrees in West Bromwich right now, it’s 45 degrees in Barcelona. Apparently 5 degrees is a big deal in Europe. Who knew.
Now here’s the story. Gareth Barry, Jonny Evans, Jake Livermore and Boaz Myhill stole a taxi and drove it around downtown Barcelona looking for a McDonald’s. Disappointed to see everything was closed, the players returned back to their hotel where the police were waiting for them.
I did some digging. Turns out the McDonald’s in Barcelona are open from 8 am to 3:30 am. This incident took place at 6 am. During the very brief time period where all the McDonald’s are closed. I don’t know what the hell these guys got into the night before, but it seems like a helluva time. I got to remember to hang out with professional soccer players more often. These guys got wild.
Another fun tidbit: West Brom has a midnight curfew. 12 am. These guys said screw it and went hard for another 6 hours. Party life is life.
The article describes it as a “late night munchie run”. I think it’s just a word used differently in translation between Europe and the United States. But the beauty of a newspaper writing a story that accidentally suggests the people involved are high off their ass is amazing. Especially when the people involved are clearly high off their ass.
Oh, and a quick lesson to Spain. It’s 2018. People getting f’d up and doing stupid stuff shouldn’t be a surprise. Let Uber into your damn country.
*Side not: Deadspin had an article about this as well. The writer tried to make a pun about it being a “whopper of a tale”. McDonald’s does not make a whopper. I hate that guy now.
-Brian Borders (@bborders12)