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Archives for June, 2006

World Cup Referees

Okay, this is truly stupid, but being the crazy futebol fan that I am (I am defintely a “crazy futebol fan” by American standards, which pales when compared to international standards, I know), I had to submit my blog pseudonyms to this name generator for the Brasilian futebol team (Yes, I am rooting for Brasil…

¡Arriba!

This parody of The Lord of the Rings is from the MTV Movie Awards. It depicts how The Fellowship was set up in the first film. It is absolutely funny, but it is a bit er .. bawdy .. or, er .. suggestive .. as well (not that I disapprove; just warning you). . tags:…

To join the Geography Challenge in support of your country, you simply need to select which country you will be representing and take the quiz. This quiz consists of trying to locate 10 randomly selected countries on a map of the world. It is different every time. You may take this quiz up to 3…

HotHotHot

The Brazil-Japan World Cup game was amazing. Despite the lopsided score (4-1), the game was beautiful to watch, unlike the USA-Ghana game, which was mostly just a duty to watch because, you know, I am an American who really likes football (soccer). No; unlike USA-Ghana, the Brazil-Japan match was special; they made every minute of…

Do or Die? Died

This was not a pretty game. Neither Team Ghana nor Team USA showed any particular skill or passion; Ghana simply outlasted USA, and honestly, Team USA was its own worst enemy, so Team Ghana only had to sit back and allow the USA to destroy themselves. So easy. Mechanical. If this game was a novel,…

Red Uniforms

Uh-oh! Things are not looking good for Team USA in World Cup action: first, they aren’t wearing red uniforms. Second, the American team captain, Claudio Reyna, was carted away on a stretcher after losing the ball to a player on Ghana’s team — who immediately scored a goal. I am not sure if Reyna broke…

Follow-up

A reader wrote to tell me that my wee rant about Stephen Hawking’s comments was quoted — but not linked! can you believe it? — in a piece that appeared yesterday on Spiked. Um, yeah. This is good .. I guess.

Watchdogs of Democracy?

An informed public and open debate is vital to a healthy democracy, but they depend upon free access to the facts. A free and fair media is indispensable to democracy because they are the only institution that can regularly question the president and other public officials. However, not everyone thinks that the American media has…