The return of Special 1 TV is amongst the best news soccer fans have received this summer. Betfair now has five episodes on their YouTube channel chronicling The Special One’s return to the Premier League, and rumors are flying around that the Internet-based company may pick up the series on a long-term basis. In honor of the greatest show in football returning, I’ve listed the ten best episodes of Special 1 TV. You owe it to yourself to catch up on these gems.
10. “Two Becomes Three”
In the aftermath of Rooney’s elbow to James McCarthy, Sir Alex calls in and explains the best way to diffuse these types of situations is with the old “What do you want me to do, electrocute the boy?” routine. José finds this works impeccably well as he uses it to calm an irate crowd left waiting to hear who the show’s new signing will be.
José’s attempt to comfort Wenger after Arsenal’s crash out of the Champions League takes an odd turn when Wenger shares his belief that his players can still progress to the final. While he notes that their elimination will be a great obstacle, he feels that creating a wormhole will make it possible to enter a parallel dimension in which Arsenal are still in the running. “All credit to quantum mechanics at the end of the day.”
8. “Act of God”
The hosts discuss The Boy Wayne’s incredible bicycle kick goal against City and The Special One reveals it was actually he that gave Wayne the idea. One of my favorite parts of this show is imagining the real life counterparts to these characters in the same situations. Mourinho singing “Bicycle Race” to Rooney in the dressing room is the stuff dreams are made of. Round it out with “Capello After the Dentist” and you’ve got a solid episode.
7. “Conspiracy at the Nou Camp”
The Premier League has now become a two-horse race between Chelsea and United. All hope is lost for Arsenal, but Wenger refuses to rule out his chances. He creates a complicated equation composed of several clubs and the corruption of the FA that proves they can still win the league. Oh, and Puppet Ronnie makes an appearance, which is always appreciated.
6. “José Phones It In”
The Special One is mysteriously absent after his weekday loss to United. Sven and The Boy Rooney continue on with the show, fielding calls from managers. They soon realize that José is faking the voices of the different managers and calling in to praise himself. What’s really impressive here is the fact that this is all done by Mario Rosenstock. The Irish impersonator is doing an impression of a Portuguese manager doing impression of French, Spanish, and Scottish managers. It’s something straight out of Inception.