- Jay Busbee at Dirty Tackle11 hrs 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 Corner12 hrs 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 Tackle1 day 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 Tackle2 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 Tackle3 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 Corner3 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.
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."
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner4 days ago
Because it's the offsesason, plenty of football players are saying and doing rather silly things. This particular story falls on the lighthearted end of the spectrum ... unless talk becomes reality.
Washington QB Robert Griffin III has been doing his part to ingratiate himself with his fanbase, whether it's driving a pace car in a Richmond NASCAR race, hanging with the Wizards' John Wall, or catching a Washington Nationals game this past weekend.
“With Bryce [Harper] and Gio [Gonzalez], and then John Wall, we’ve had a chance to hang out and kind of unite the whole city,” Griffin said in an in-game interview. “That’s our goal.”
He added another tidbit: when asked how fast he could throw a baseball, Griffin replied, “I think with a few weeks of work, in preparation for that, I think I can throw 90."
The Tour de France the greatest two-wheel race in the world, a blur of speed and force and velocity unlike anything else in sports. So naturally, there arefans turning their backs on the race to take selfies.
The "dangerous mix of vanity and stupidity," in the words of rider Tejay van Garderen, has enraged riders along the route.
“The worst thing is when people have got their backs to the peloton taking selfies," said Geraint Thomas, who called the selfie-takers "the new pain in the arse."
You know Kevin Pollak. You've seen him in "Casino," or "The Usual Suspects," or "A Few Good Men," or any of hundreds of other movies and TV shows. And, thanks to a single well-timed tweet, you can now see him, for the moment, at a World Series of Poker table.
Pollak is an avid poker player, and the World Series of Poker's Main Event is now underway at the Rio in Las Vegas. Anyone can win poker's richest prize, but you have to pony up a $10,000 entry fee. As ESPN notes, Pollak, who's played in the Main Event since 2012, found himself without a sponsor. So he sent out a little help-a-brother-out tweet, like so:
Lost my sponsor for #WSOP Main Event. Any biz that wants a few 100k of tv time w/ me wearing your logo for my 10k buy-in, DM me.