Cup prints – they’re pretty boring, let’s be honest. You plug in and are forced to listen to a boring speech before the toss, before chasing a guy whose fame is for scoring a penalty kick in a third round shootout in 1993.
However, in 2017 the game changed.
Not content with tying up a boring ex-footballer who was keen to plug in his new autobiography, the Scottish FA hired the services of a bona fide legend. Come on, Sir Rod Stewart.
If anyone could do a fun raffle then surely it was this man? No pinstripe suit, no perfectly stylish hairstyle, the rock’n’roll icon found with a leopard print scarf around his neck and a hairstyle suitable for nesting a little murder of crows (yes that’s the name collective for them before questioning it). You could just say it was going to be good.
Oh yeah, there was also the fact that he was dragged out of the local liquor about three minutes before the raffle kicked off – that also helped.
And so he got to work, diving into the pot of bullets like a top-notch Tom Daley before managing to hold one on long enough to be able to shout the relevant number on the camera. Being able to sell 250 million records in the world and yet this is still only the second the best thing you’ve ever done is pretty special.
Sadly, Rod’s inspiring, limit-pushing, mojito-fueled effort had to prove a false dawn as football reverted to its old ways, with cup draws returning to the type. Until now.
Despite being one of the few footballers to have scored over 100 Premier League goals, Peter Crouch will undoubtedly be forever remembered as one of football’s greatest figures (literally and metaphorically).
The former Liverpool man has never shied away from laughing – albeit at his own expense – and he didn’t disappoint as he finished the FA Cup fourth and fifth rounds on Monday night.
Channeling his inner Rod Stewart, Crouch had viewers hysterical as he raised his arm in the air before diving into the pot of balls before adding, “Little tribute to Rod Stewart over there.”
While it was all fun and entertaining to begin with, Crouch continued to draw his former club Liverpool against fierce rivals Manchester United, a game Jurgen Klopp is no doubt delighted with given the Reds’ current injury roster. Don’t try to be funny until you have the basics of making your old teams easy, Peter.
Rod is a pro, he knows what he’s doing – his infamous appearance in the 2016/17 Scottish Cup fifth round draw saw him hand his beloved Celtic a comfortable home tie against Inverness Caledonian Thistle – a game they almost saw with a 6-0 win.
Everyone loves to laugh Crouchy, but come on, get the basics first, eh?