It is Christmas in Africa. Except replace the snow with grass, replace Santa’s little helpers with 23-man rosters from 16 nations, replace Santa Claus with South African President Jacob Zuma and a dash of extra scandal, and remove all presents and replace them with the Africa Goblet of Nations. All of a sudden, just like I said, it is Christmas in Africa. Clean out your chimney, the fun starts now.
On its face, smiling tells a story. But the story told by the reflex, or I suppose decision, to flash the pearly whites can be complex and originate from a wide range of what might seem like incompatible feelings. We smile for a variety of reasons. We smile when we are happy, when we are uncomfortable, to placate, and sometimes when we are simply unsure of what else to say. A smile could just as easily manifest itself as a shrug, a hug, laughter, silence, or even, in the most extreme cases, a roundhouse kick to the side of a disheveled head. Continue Reading »
The Guardian’s Marina Hyde wrote an incisive article framing the slightly absurd aftermath of the Patrice Evra-Luis Suarez incident. If you happened to miss the storm, Evra accused Suarez of racially abusing him at least ten times during last weekend’s Liverpool-Manchester United match. Hyde’s basic point was a simple one: when it comes to the he said-she said, don’t jump to conclusions. But there is one conclusion that is safe to draw from this saga: when two people take diametrically opposing views on whether an incident of this nature happened, not once, but ten times, someone is engaging in high-level, pre-meditated fabrication.
Now, no question, Evra’s allegation is a serious one, but it isn’t the only serious issue raised by the incident. The reaction by the players’ respective clubs should at least raise an eyebrow, if not both. Continue Reading »
Didier Drogba joins his buddies from Magic System once again. This time the guys take it to the Skyrock studios in Paris. If you can’t get enough of this, try on the full Magic System video featuring Drogba and his Ivorian teammates. You are sure to recognize a few faces. Continue Reading »
If you happened to miss the Republican Primary debate two nights ago, you’ll be forgiven, especially if you were watching the epic New England Revolution-Philadelphia Union 4-4 extravaganza.
One of the special moments during the GOP debate centered around a Governor Rick Perry (R -TX) sermon on his state’s death penalty proficiency and his own sensitivity.
When Gov. Perry was asked by NBC anchor Brian Williams to defend his state’s record of executing 234 inmates, and specifically whether he lost any sleep over the possibility of executing innocent people, Perry said: Continue Reading »
“This idea that you throw everything away and you start over again. And I thought, when you’re done telling jokes about airplanes and dogs and you throw those away, what do you have left? You can only dig deeper and start talking about your feelings and who you are. And then you do those jokes and they’re gone. You gotta dig deeper. So then you start thinking about your fears and your nightmares and doing jokes about that, and then they’re gone. And then you start going into weird shit and eventually get to your balls. It’s a process that I’ve watched him do my whole life and I started to try to do it, and I started to think, he says whatever he wants, what am I trying to say?”