When it comes to sports awards the coveted "Round Ball in Ankara Player of the Year Award" is renowned as one of the most difficult to win, mainly because in the three years we have been running this blog we haven't actually given one out yet, but in the prestige stakes breathing down the neck of our as yet unwinnable award has to be the "TSN.ca Soccer Player of the Week".
Now TSN.ca is the first port of call for all sports mad North Americans who need minute-by-minute updates on everything sports eh. Although for me it is just a touch top heavy with the madness that is ice hockey (before you Canadians start complaining I'd like to point out that the game is mad for the players but a brilliant game to watch and laugh at - in fact your faithful writer should have checked out the site before he covered his first, and so far only, international ice hockey tournament - the embarrassing tale of which you can find here).
Anyway, all of that is irrelevant as to the story we know that you need to know. This is from the site:
"With the transfer drama behind him, Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite or Kaka as he is better known can get back to doing what he does best, scoring goals and capturing awards. The latest is the TSN.ca Soccer Player of the Week."
Kaka must be over the moon and will no doubt be on the line to his carpenter to get the trophy cabinet extended.
But it the last line of the article that sent us in Ankara reeling:
"Others up for consideration this week included Liverpool's Steven Gerrard, Getafe's Roberto Soldado and Genclerbirligi's James Triosi (sic)."
I had no idea that TSN.ca followed the Turkish league so closely but I'm almost certain that this is the first time that Troisi and Kaka have been mentioned in the same article (with this blog post being the second time).
Who knows, if Kahe during the match against Kayseri on the weekend had allowed Troisi to take the penalty (which Kahe subsequently missed) the Aussie midfielder could well have ended up with four goals for the match. Our man Troisi could have won the "TSN.ca soccer player of the week"! To come so close ... it's the sort of stuff that will be giving Troisi nightmares for the rest of his life.