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World Cup 2010


The world’s biggest party kicks off today. Nope, it’s not the Stanley Cup, much as we might like to think so (oh, and congrats, Blackhawks) but the cup that only comes around once every four years - and never to the great white north. That’s right, it’s futbol time! Ole, ole…

During the last two world cups, I was in Europe, in the middle of the frenzy. This time  I’m in Montreal, so I imagine it will be somewhat different. As usual, Damian says it best: “For Canadians, the World Cup is like a really awesome house party that we’re longingly watching through the window.” Well, Damian, if we have to press our faces up against the glass, might as well make it the glass of a big-screen TV in a pub, with plenty of beer.

Four years have passed since the last World Cup, and that means four years’ worth of digital technology advances. Some cool tools and toys for this year’s World Cup enthusiasts include:

  •’s World Cup Wheel (via Sean) – extremely cool interface providing an overview by country, date, city, group and stage.
  • BBC Sport’s World Cup Predictor (via Adrien) - make your picks and watch the magical, hypnotizing, colourful lines.
  • That Nike commercial that everyone’s been talking about.
  • Watching the World Cup for the first time? Never fear, The Onion has you covered. (Via Ken)

And in case you’re wondering where my loyalties lie… Go England!

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The Als are the new Grey Cup champs.


Let the honking begin…


Beckham moves to La La Land


The world’s most famous footballer, David Beckham, announced yesterday that he’s leaving Madrid to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy in the rich-in-cash, poor-in-fan support MLS. Beckham claims the reason for his move is to promote soccer to American kids. I’m thinking it may have more to do with the lure of some of Beckham’s [...]

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More fawning over Castro


Love Castro. Hate Bush. Be popular. At least that seems to be the general idea for one soccer star: Argentine soccer hero Diego Maradona promised Cuban President Fidel Castro on Thursday he would be at the front of an anti-Bush march in Argentina next week. [ . . . ] “I think Bush is a [...]

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Win for England


They’re happier in England today. Well, except for these guys.

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To my English friends: OUCH! As a Habs fan, I feel your pain.

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A whole different ball game . . .


Thanks to Tom for sending me the link to his article in the London Times about Iraq’s national football team (that’s soccer to us North Americans). Tom interviewed Sharar Haydar, who played professional football for Iraq’s national teams for 12 years, and says he was tortured by Uday Saddam Hussein, Saddam Hussein’s son: “He didn’t [...]

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Superbowl Sunday


Today is, of course, Superbowl Sunday. And as the dish seems to be working (for once), I’ll probably watch just for the commercials. I must admit I’ve never really understood football. To me it’s a bunch of oversized guys jumping on top of each other, but with a lot more commercialization than, say, Sumo wrestling. [...]

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