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Jozy Altidore pranked by fan, holds up ‘Sad Mackem Bastard’ sign

Oct 1, 2013, 10:59 AM EDT

Jozy Altidore and Sunderland teammate El-Hadji Ba were victims of a prank by a Newcastle fan on Sunday when each player agreed to hold a sign with”SMB” up for a photo.

The acronym, which means ‘Sad Mackem Bastard’, was clearly one that Altidore and Ba were not familiar with but – after the fan made the local news that evening –  are unlikely to forget anytime soon. (Sidenote: ‘Mackem’ is a term used for someone who lives in Sunderland or plays for the club.)

The fan saw the American and French players walking around the streets of Sunderland prior to the Liverpool match and quickly scribbled “SMB” onto a piece of paper before asking them to pose for a photo.

Their lack of knowledge of the acronym’s meaning aside, Altidore and Ba probably should have known better than to hold up a sign for a photo.

That being said, even as a non-Sunderland supporting American, I’ve got to admit that the prank is pretty hilarious.

  1. jucam1 - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Overrated!

  2. charlesmwray - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    So what does SMB refer to? Sunderland fans? Google didn’t make it clear.

    • notaretard - Oct 2, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      from the article: “The acronym, which means ‘Sad Mackem Bastard’, was clearly one that Altidore and Ba were not familiar with but – after the fan made the local news that evening – are unlikely to forget anytime soon. (Sidenote: ‘Mackem’ is a term used for someone who lives in Sunderland or plays for the club.)”

  3. boropaul - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    OK, this needs a little explanation.
    First of all people from Sunderland are called Mackams (don’t ask me why – I don’t know).
    Sunderland used to be managed by Peter Reid.
    Opposing fans started a singing chant against Sunderland that went to the tune “Cheer up Sleepy Jean” by the Monkees that went…

    Cheer up Peter Reid
    Oh what can it mean
    To a, sad Mackam Bastard
    And a, shite football team.

    Check YouTube for “cheer up Peter Reid” and I am sure you will find it or the sanitized version that was released as a single!

  4. cashtext4all.com - Oct 1, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Jozy can’t catch a break…I hope and pray he gets his first EPL goal on saturday against Manchester United.

    • notaretard - Oct 2, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      i hope and pray i wake up with emma stone in my bed saturday but unfortunately that probably won’t happen either

  5. hildezero - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    What’s wrong with holding a sign in a photo? I’ll do it. All Jozy had to do was just ask the Newcastle fan what the initials meant, then hold it if he thought it was a good idea. It was still a bad idea though.

    • notaretard - Oct 2, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      do you think the newcastle fan would have told him? that would ruin the prank/the whole point of asking him to hold it to begin with. smh.

  6. braxtonrob - Oct 1, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    LAME joke.

  7. saddles1uk - Oct 1, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Mackem is a result of the ship building heritage of the North East of England and local accent……The Sunderland ship builders used to make the ships and they were taken to Newcastle to bit fitted internally… which was said you Mackem (make them), we tackem (take them), hence Sunderland people are the mackems…….North East history aside, the sad thing about this story is that if you believe the rumours the guy allegedly told the players that the initials represented a disabled children’s charity for which he was fund raising. If you also look for FTM, you will find some photos of current Newcastle players holding this sign Jonas Gutierez being the most recent, this means f**k the mags, or follow the mackems if you are Ellis Short wearing the badge, another photo/ news article you will find!

  8. travishenryskid - Oct 1, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Nothing more clever than taking advantage of cultural differences for a prank…

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