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June 25, 2014

"Does the World Cup Have a Lingua Franca?"

I had this question, too. (The Internet remains wonderful.) (But this piece quotes a player who claims that the Japanese referee in the Brazil-Croatia match didn't speak English.)

See also "In what language do World Cup players communicate with the refs?" 

June 24, 2014

"Oh, like you've never bitten three different people in front of millions of witnesses"


June 22, 2014

Gordy Gronkowski's 31 million-to-one shot comes in

"One Thousand Two Hundred and Fifty-Eight Pounds of Sons".

ESPN once determined that the odds of a family having three brothers play simultaneously in the NFL are one in thirty-one million. That number, perhaps more than any other, has stayed with him. It cements his sense of marvel, and he sometimes looks at his sons the way his lost teenage self would have looked at the man he has become. "It's unbelievable," he says. "It really is. I sit there sometimes and think, God, did this really all happen?"

"The Pleasures of Rooting Against Brazil: No team has ever acted so entitled to World Cup glory."

Root, of course, for the USA. If they fail, root for Argentina (Leo) or Germany (Muller).

June 19, 2014

Eugenie Bouchard

Watch for her next week at Wimbledon. She has a real good chance of being the next big thing in women's tennis.

June 17, 2014

"The Beauty, Business and Science of Spurs"

Short, interesting article on how the Spurs do it.

(See also "Welcome to the Press Clownference". Pop's handling of the press is very endearing.)

June 14, 2014

"The 15 Worst Hairstyles In Soccer"

Don't blame me, I'm just linking.

(But you gotta love "The lovechild of Tyra Banks and Klingon Worf.")


June 12, 2014

"NBA Finals Shootaround: Total Basketball"

Scroll down almost to the end where reporter Shea Serrano asks Pop what kind of phone he has.


"Stephen Hawking has a theory on how England can win World Cup"

I like the suggestion they should play a 4-3-3. Go for it. 

June 11, 2014

"GOLDMAN: Here's Why Brazil Is A Much Bigger World Cup Favorite Than People Realize

Nah. Sell Brazil, buy Argentina. This is Leo's year. 

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