If anyone has been wondering what Rio Ferdinand got up to during the World Cup, then wonder no more - Sneak has the answer.
It looks like the dope test avoiding central defender has been playing his XBox, and specifically, the beta version of multiplayer frag-fest Halo Reach.
Rio, you see, forms one part of an 'elite' Microsoft-backed gang of celebrity gamers that are set to take on real people, like sofa-bound fragacidal maniacs and pizza-eating loners in an online tournament.
Reach isn't out yet, but a beta trial ran a couple of months ago. Presumably Rio and his pals - which include a rugby player and someone off a niche Channel 4 kids show - have had access to it for longer, which to us, and anyone else with a degree of fairplay, seems to be something of an unfair advantage.
This doesn't bother Rio, who in an interview made it clear that he thinks gamers are social inadequates who are incapable of starting a family.
He said, "When we're changing nappies and putting our kids to sleep they're gaming. They're ahead of us. They've got more hours in the game."
Then remembering that he is a footballer, and a slave to his ego, he added, "We're playing catch-up all the time. But the talent we possess, we're not far behind."
Anyway, the point of the competition is to find a player to lead this team of 'celebrities', which also include the presenter of Channel 5's The Gadget Show, into battle. Sneak has considered leading them all off a cliff, but apparently that is not part of the competition rules.
A series of knock-out rounds, something that Rio has experience of - if not actual tournaments - will find someone strong enough to lead such strong personalities. And punters will be expected to play the multiplayer games within Halo 3 to find a victor, and a series of other victors for them to play against.
If this all sounds confusing, then it probably is not the competition for you.
If it does not, then take note: the competition launches on 4 August and the actual main event, as long as Rio does not injure any thumbs, will take place in September.
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