- Jay Busbee at Dirty Tackle5 hrs ago
Amid the tension of the World Cup final, a fan managed to make his way onto the pitch in the match's 82nd minute. That's not news; idiots are everywhere. What is news is the fact that despite all the security in place, this fan was able to get close enough to try to land a kiss on the cheek of Germany's Benedikt Hoewedes. Not only that, but a rather well-known spectator with a camera posted video of the incident for all the world to see:
Yes, that video is courtesy of LeBron James, in attendance after signing with his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. James was curiously amused by the invader. But then again, he's had some experience with that sort of thing himself:
Apparently the fan who ran onto the Maracana Stadium pitch is a well-known YouTube prankster who made his intentions known early on:
See you guys tomorrow on Tv Germany vs Argentina
Today is a very big day for me
- Jay Busbee at From The Marbles6 hrs ago
Brad Keselowski won his third race of the season at Sunday's Camping World RV Sales 301 in Loudon, but the big story will likely be what befell his teammate earlier in the race.
Five decades and 10 laps separated Joey Logano and Morgan Shepherd on Sunday, but that wasn't enough to keep Shepherd from wrecking Logano and ending the 22's promising run.
Logano, in the midst of the best season of his career, was running second when Shepherd, never a factor in the race, took him out. Simply by starting the race, Shepherd, age 72, extended his own record for oldest driver to run at the Sprint Cup level. But that's a distinction that held little weight with Logano after the wreck.
“The slowest car on the racetrack took us out,” Logano said. "I feel like there should be, like, a driver’s test before you get out in a Cup car and make sure you know how to drive before you drive one."
- Jay Busbee at Dirty Tackle9 hrs ago
LeBron James. Shakira. Vladimir Putin. Daniel Craig. Adriana Lima. What do they have in common? Besides being the cast of the greatest reality show never made, they're all in attendance for Sunday afternoon's World Cup final between Germany and Argentina.
A list of FIFA's "VVIPs" (not to be confused with those pedestrian Very Important People") has made its way to Twitter, and the list is every bit as eclectic as you'd expect. Leading the way, naturally, are the FIFA execs, topped by the very Dr. Seuss-sounding "FIFA President Blatter." Then come the supermodels (Gisele Bundchen, Lima), the president of the International Olympic Committee, musicians (Placido Domingo, Wyclef Jean, Shakira), actors (Craig, Ashton Kutcher), and athletes (James; Olivier Dacourt; Marco Materazzi, who had a memorable World Cup final a few years back when he took a Zinedine Zidane forehead to the chest). Finally, the heads of state make the list, with the leaders of Brazil, Germany, Russia, South Africa and many more expected to be present.
- Jay Busbee at Dirty Tackle2 days ago
There were times during Tuesday's German whitewashing that Brazil barely seemed to be present on the pitch at all. Some enterprising YouTuber has taken that conceit to its logical and highly believable conclusion, creating a version of the match in which Brazil isn't even there. The moody, tragic piano only heightens the sense of dread, desperation and inexorable fate.
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Really, this should be the video that Brazil uses to sustain itself in the coming years. Of course the Germans won 7-1! They started the match before Brazil even showed up! Scoring seven goals? That couldn't possibly have really happened.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner2 days ago
This season, six teams will travel across the Atlantic Ocean to play regular-season games in London. It'll be tough on them, but great for us, as we'll get to watch at least some NFL bright-and-early on Sunday morning. Is this a cute little blip in NFL history, or harbinger of a new chapter in the league's future?
It's no secret that the NFL is considering the viability of a franchise in England, with sheer logistics being the greatest obstacle. One of the primary questions involves the toll that transatlantic travel would take on the players' bodies. But as to whether the city of London actually deserves a franchise? For at least two players, that's not an issue at all.
"You know what? I think they deserve one," said Oakland's Maurice Jones-Drew, who played in London last year as part of the Jaguars. "It's just the toll it takes on the body because it's so hard to fly across the pond. I think the fans deserve it and London deserves it because it is a great city."
- Jay Busbee at Dirty Tackle3 days ago
If there's one element of soccer that keeps the majority of anti-futbol Americans on the far side of the fence, it isn't the low scoring or the foreign-sounding names. No, it's the flopping — the overly dramatic, theatrical, bad-high-school-play-style imitations of actual injury that halt play. Flopping runs counter to classic American values like "play hurt" and "rub some dirt in it, you'll be fine," and thus infuriates a certain subset of American fans.
That subset now has its justification. A Canadian film company named Fourgrounds Film has created a lovely short film titled "Everyday Football Fouls." The premise is: What if the rest of the world flopped like soccer players? Simple premise, delightful execution. Enjoy, and make sure to watch through to the very end.
- Jay Busbee at Dirty Tackle4 days ago
In gambling terms, this is what you'd call a bad beat: a heartfelt anti-gambling campaign backfiring thanks to an unprecedented German scoring barrage.
The National Council on Problem Gambling in Singapore is dedicated to spreading the message about gambling addiction, and focused its World Cup-themed message around a lad named Andy whose father bet big on World Cup matches. Thing is, Andy's dad apparently knew what he was doing, because he bet big on Germany, which now looks like the runaway favorite.
Here's the council's video, with poor "Andy" downcast at the thought of possibly losing his entire savings:
- Jay Busbee at Dirty Tackle5 days ago
Back in the spring, Rio's Olympic preparations were in shambles, with International Olympic Committee members saying Brazil's readiness for the 2016 Games was the "worst" they had ever seen. Arenas and parks remain unbuilt, waterways remain polluted, and the IOC had to issue a denial of a rumorthat the Olympics would be moved back to London. In short, everything was a mess.
Amazing what a successful World Cup performance can do.
With a relatively pain-free World Cup nearing its close, the IOC is expressing satisfaction with the progress of development for the Olympics two years hence. In an interview with the AP, IOC executive director Gilbert Felli said that the progress has improved considerably in the last two months.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner5 days ago
Of all the increasingly cringe-worthy commentary about a possible change to the Washington Redskins name, the worst is the tired "keep the name, change the logo to a redskin potato!" joke. And at long last, thank heaven, somebody's gotten arrested for telling it.
All right, Jacob Close of Bloomsburg University wasn't arrested specifically for telling the "redskin potato" gag. But he got a wee bit too clever in the pages of the Pennsylvania college's student newspaper:
Guess what: police read the newspaper too. Campus police had been searching for Close for years in connection with a drug/DUI-related case. When they saw the photo, they staked out his car and nabbed him soon afterward.
Chalk this up to more collateral damage in the Washington team name debate. Not that an NFL team should reward criminality, but maybe Washington can kick a sack of potatoes Close's way. Regardless, we're guessing he may have changed his opinion on the wisdom of name changes.
- Jay Busbee at The Turnstile6 days ago
It's been a year and a half since Lance Armstrong's world collapsed around him, brought down by his own hubris and deception. What's his life like? How is he handling his self-inflicted exile? In "Lance In Purgatory," a remarkable extended profile, Esquire writer John Richardson spent time with Armstrong and learned how Armstrong is handling life after the fall ... and how many people are ready and willing to forgive him.
"Depression? Self-loathing? Emotional paralysis? Lance Armstrong will not indulge, thank you," Richardson writes. "A year and a half after the scandal that ended his career, after being stripped of all his trophies and confessing the ugly truth to his children and losing in a single day an estimated $150 million, these are the circumstances to which he has been reduced."