Thursday, June 17, 2010

The World Cup

I'll be honest: I'm not really watching the World Cup. I like the pop songs and the hot men and getting it on with my inner Latino self, but I don't the whole soccer part of it. I played soccer through eighth grade, but I just can't get into it. Okay, I should clarify that I was forced into playing soccer through eighth grade because I needed to do one 'masculine' sport. It didn't make a bit of difference.

The thing about soccer is, goals are scored as infrequently as in hockey, without any of the excitement of bashing someone's skull in. I'm all about going to a hockey game and getting down with my beer drinking aggressive self, but soccer is insufferable. Especially on television.
Why must it be so bloody cold in South Africa during the World Cup? I get that soccer is popular around the world, but why haven't they required these men to play shirtless in order to expand the mass appeal?

Annie Leibovitz had the right idea in last month's Vanity Fair. Frankly, I'd never been so aroused by the sport. The World Cup (in most warm climates) is equivalent to four Fleet Weeks in a row!

David Beckham wasn't imported to suddenly make soccer happen here. He knew his job was to take his shirt off after games and have his wife entertain us all with her diva antics. Period.


12 comments:

  1. GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!

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  2. wow, the dude in the Burberry Swiss Flag undies is sure lookin' like a MAN to those other BOYS! he's making them look more than a little inadequate! the third from the bottom image looks a smidge like your fav...the back-flipper himself, Michael Weiss!!!

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  3. so glad u're paying tribute to the World Cup :)

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  4. and in terms of it being insufferable... the commentating on ESPN is terrible and boring. I know you know some Spanish, so watch it on Univision. They make watching a player kick the ball 10 feet exciting.

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  5. Honestly AJ, the mass appeal of the world cup doesn't really need expanding. Outside of North America, the bulk of the world is paying attention already. Football's that popular.

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  6. I was being facetious and just suggesting that they all be shirtless. I don't think the mass appeal needs expanding.

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  7. This post needs some Wesley Sneijder!

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  8. To Elkin, learn your flags. That is not the Swiss flag, it's that of England. O agree, yes he is lookin' like quite man. ;)

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  9. Actually, there are usually quite a few more goals in hockey than in soccer. Hockey games don't usually end in 0-0, 1-0, 1-1, etc. scores like the majority of the World Cup games.

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  10. The majority of world cup games don't usually end with such low scores. They just have this time, that's all. It's atypical. I'm not enjoying it either though, I don't like defensive football much. It's not been a classic so far.

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  11. Football is about as boring as any other sport tends to be when one doesn't know what's going on. The goals in football are the least interesting aspect of it if you understand the strategy and technical skill behind the less popular moves.

    Though admittedly, this World Cup holds less excitement even in those terms, when compared to for example European Championships two years ago, or even Worlds four years ago.

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  12. hey, did you hear that the russian ballerina that you were talking about was mugged outside of lincoln center! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/17/natalia-osipova-russian-b_n_614898.html. it was crazy because i saw your post, looked her up on youtube and then saw that same clip on the news when they were talking about it.

    also, where'd you get your info on ivana? i'm excited to hear news about her!

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