Imagine if Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Paris Hilton, and the cast from The Hills all loved soccer. Now imagine that the people who like the aforementioned all liked what you like. Imagine they showed up at matches, sat next to you at pubs during games, and called into your favorite talk shows … oh, I’m sorry, podcasts. Imagine that Generation Teen Cribs, a generation that craves for attention, loves feedback, and wants to take people on tours of their parents’ houses as if they are responsible for all the glory that surrounds them took an active interest in soccer. I’ve got to say, I kind of like things the way they are. Continue Reading »
Jeff and Michael Zimbalist’s documentary The Two Escobars brings us a tale of a nation gripped by crime, drugs and a passion for soccer. At the time (circa 1994), Colombia was seen as one of the world’s most reviled narco-states and one of the world’s best soccer nations, at one point ranked 4th in the FIFA rankings. During this period, many Colombians were hoping that victory at the 1994 World Cup would help rebuild the country’s tattered image. Unfortunately, that dream was never realized. Colombia’s hopes came crashing down with one errant kick during the World Cup by Andres Escobar, one of the team’s star players. Escobar’s subsequent murder was a cold reminder of how the violent drug trade controlled everything within the country, including soccer. Continue Reading »
This World Cup was great for MLS. If you enjoyed the World Cup, it’s time to give MLS a chance. Can I get an amen?
Whoa … back up. No so fast, champ.
You can’t force someone to pay attention to something they don’t want to pay attention to. Remember the last time you tried to force someone to read a book they already told you they had no interest in reading? Try telling me that I should dive into Harry Potter. I’m sorry, but I determined long ago that anything that eight year olds and eighty year olds both love is a danger to democracy. Not interested. Continue Reading »
The World Cup is over. Carlos Puyol is a world champion but still refuses to get a haircut. Africa’s first World Cup has ended without any of the players falling prey to lions and tigers like in Kenya, or polar bears or unicorns for that matter. As far as we know, Jacob Zuma hasn’t married anyone else and the universe is still in decent running condition, not great, but decent.
In celebration of the previous month of almost non-stop soccer, we’ve decided to roll out a few World Cup Oscar Awards. We’ve left out the US because the homeland deserves its own set of awards. So rest of the world, here you go. Continue Reading »