Afternoon delight

I just watched the tail end of the Barcelona/Man City game (one of my colleagues subscribes online), in which Man City went down 2-nil, with one goal scored by Lionel Messi (sorry, Matthew).  That reminded me to put up this cute faceoff between Kobe Bryant and Messi in a commercial for Turkish airlines:


  1. Eduardo
    Posted February 18, 2014 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    I remember Kobe say many years ago that he admired Messi very much.

  2. Jesper Both Pedersen
    Posted February 18, 2014 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Visca Barca!

  3. Posted February 18, 2014 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    That was cute!

    …even though I have no clue who Messi is, though he’s obviously somebody famous with a great deal of coordination.

    Kobe I wouldn’t know about, either, if it weren’t for my Mom’s enthusiasm for basketball.


    • Posted February 18, 2014 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

      Messi is a god in this household. 🙂

      • Posted February 18, 2014 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

        You named your cat after a sports player? That’s sweet!


        • stephen
          Posted February 19, 2014 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

          Just for the record, Ben,Lionel Messi is an astonishingly good Association Football player ( you people call it soccer,like we used to, now it’s called “football” in most of the world) in fact, he is so talented and skilful that he might even be the greatest so far: he certainly merits comparison with Pele and Cruyff. Who’s that Kobe something or other? He seems to be quite good too…

  4. rickflick
    Posted February 18, 2014 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    I know how this is supposed to work. Its cute and so you want to fly with TA because…er, ah,… you might actually meet these celebs if you fly with TA ? I always have to think it through. For people like me who will likely never be tempted to fly TA, we manage to enjoy the fun at others expense. I’m especially drawn to what looks like superb directing skills by the film artist.

  5. Diane G.
    Posted February 18, 2014 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    Cute. 😀

    And thanks (?) for the ear worm…

  6. eveysolara
    Posted February 18, 2014 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    title mislead me, was expecting sexy time

  7. Peter Ozzie Jones
    Posted February 18, 2014 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    A “delight,” Turkish, that is!

  8. Posted February 18, 2014 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    City actually played better when they were a man down. Not the game I was hoping for, but still entertaining.

  9. Posted February 18, 2014 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    basketball? When our host lives in a city with the world’s best hockey team. oh,greetings from Maui.

    • teacupoftheapocalypse
      Posted February 19, 2014 at 5:26 am | Permalink

      When did Jerry move to Toronto? I really haven’t been keeping up on the news. 🙂

  10. Posted February 18, 2014 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

    I have deliberately avoided the radio and the internet news sites this morning to avoid confronting last night’s grisly reality. I had assumed WEIT would be a safe haven. How wrong I was.

    • Dominic
      Posted February 19, 2014 at 2:55 am | Permalink

      🙂 My Man City chum (season ticket holder) decided to watch from the safety of a Lanzarote bar!

    • David Duncan
      Posted February 19, 2014 at 6:48 am | Permalink

      I don’t like or hate City, but I wish Man United had been Barca’s victims.

  11. Jonathan Wallace
    Posted February 19, 2014 at 2:24 am | Permalink

    The old joke about THY Turkish Airlines was that THY stood for “They hate you”.
    On similar lines Alitalia was said to stand for “Always late in take-off and late in arrival” whilst the defunct Belgian airline Sabena’s name spelled out ” Such a bad experience, never again”. Doubtless there are similar jokes on other airline names.

    I should perhaps add that I have flown on all three of these airlines in the past and had no worse an experience than on any other airline.

  12. Dominic
    Posted February 19, 2014 at 2:47 am | Permalink

    Never heard of this Kobe fellow before.

  13. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted February 19, 2014 at 3:54 am | Permalink

    Still trying to work out what this guy from Kobe was doing playing baseball for Manchester City. But that shot of the house of cards on the plane made me think evil thought involving an airline lunch tray, a pack of cards, lots of sticky tape and a couple of feet of fishing line. Put it together with the sort of rigging you do when putting the ship into the bottle and … voilá, party trick for air stewards.
    (The hotel we use onshore has about 3 airline crews working through it.)

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