Archive for: June, 2006
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 to win the World Cup).
Can any of you out there pronounce that name? I sure can't, and I've had two beers already, too! And what is your Brasilian name?
Hattip: my blogsibling, Alex Palazzo.
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).
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 times per day, but no cheating. It is a timed quiz.
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 the game into something thrilling, exciting, fun; and they treated each other with such respect, too. It was a very clean game, despite the importance of the outcome -- no red cards, and few (no?) yellow cards, and no elbows in the eyeballs, for example.
Just as an aside, I have a strong affinity for Japan because I lived in Tokyo for a little while when I was a grad student. So keep in mind that I am not trying to trivialize Team Japan's loss, because dang, they played a very fine game.
Further, even though Team Japan lost, I would be remiss if I didn't point out that Japan is unique in the world because they have their own football-playing team of crows!
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, it would have had a brilliant plot but would lack depth and character development, and the prose would have sucked, with the rare exception of one or two sentences (McBride, USA) .. but a good novel does not rest upon a few high quality sentences or paragraphs.
Team USA needs red uniforms. Okay, that was silly. But I still have two more World Cup teams that I am following very closely, teams who won my heart with their skill and finesse; Italy and Brazil.
Ghana 2: USA 1
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 a leg or if he was suicidal, but either way, he's under observation.
[A few minutes later]
Okay, my peeps, Team USA is still not looking good. They are playing as if the entire team is suffering from a hangover. Considering this is a "do or die" game, you'd think Team USA would be hothothot. But even the fans have more energy than the team does. Maybe someone should poke an elbow into another American eyeball; maybe that would fire up the team?
[And yet few minutes later than that]
Okay, Dempsey just scored a goal for the USA, so now the game is tied AND yes, the USA is suddenly wide awake. The coffee must have kicked in.
BUT, at the half; Ghana is ahead, 2-1. Yes, Team USA gave Team Ghana a free kick, which, statistically speaking, is more likely than not to end up in another goal.
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.
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 been doing their job recently. One of those people is Helen Thomas.