The World Cup's opening ceremony has taken place at Soccer City just outside Johannesburg, featuring local dance troupes and a giant dung beetle...
And Dumbfounded Most Watching Game 1 of 2010 World Cup I just finished watching the Mexico - South Africa 2010 World Cup opener and boy was it a good one. The finish of a tie, wasn't totally cool to me, until I realized what I missed.
The folks behind culinary phenomenon Kogi BBQ are at it again. This time they have food trucks operating in LA and NYC, allowing you to enjoy street food and watch the World Cup in HD with them! Tonight the LA truck will be in La Puente. Follow them on Twitter!
So, in the 1966 World Cup, held in England and won by the host, there was a similar occurrence to last Sunday's Gerrard's disallowed goal. They are still talking about this apparently, so it can be categorized under Karma.
Home Advantage is a mythical beast which fans and commentators alike keep bringing up every single match.
What do you guys think about all these "pleasant" ties? I'm so not cool with waking up to watch a game, only to fall asleep again. The lack of goals scored in these first few games is really discouraging and detrimental to new viewers and the growth of the sport in the U.S. This is apparently one of the lowest scoring World Cups in a long time.
Yes, even more 3D.
What's harder than returning Nadal's serve, hitting a Clemens fastball or tossing a Manning bros. level touchdown pass?
Holy Trinity important.
How can you not love David Beckham, Snoop Dogg and Daft Punk all in the classic cantina scene?
Sorry, its just too good not to post.
Bracket via ESPN DOWNLOAD: Official Excel Template for 2010 World Cup Bracket
This made me laugh.
Or at the least, Sexy Has Been in Lisbon! There are definitely ladies (Kardashians, Hiltons, et al) that have made the journey to South Africa for more than the matches.....
He could also be a great Butterfinger sponsor, or some kind of lube product, as well as.... well, butter.
The Red Coats are Coming
He looks stronger than almost any other player out there and he's only 25. I won't comment on his looks since I'm not a teenage girl, but this article puts him into context with other American athletes, Kobe, Terrell, A-Rod.
Still didn't top Diego Maradona in the categories of "Political Relevance" and "The second goal was even better." And I'd love to know what the ref told Luis Fabiano after he scored. What's that cynical grin?
Diem Chau was commissioned by Wieden + Kennedy to carve 66 crayons for Nike's promotion of World Cup 2010. More here.
Honestly, I have no clue. I think it was one of the smartest plays in WC history. Game on the line. If that ball goes in, you're going home. You sacrifice yourself to a red card (and the next game against Holland), but you give your goalie and the Fates an opportunity. So, is he another Henry who gave his country an opportunity or a FairPlay offender to its very definition? Uruguay - Ghana
Coulibaly Koman Single-handedly Destroys American Dream Koman's horrible call in the 88th minute cost the US the win. At first, we thought it was an offsides call, but FIFA has recorded it a foul on Edu.
In the news this past couple of days, we've heard of about 10 Argentine hooligans being deported back to Argentina before the start of the World Cup. I'm glad for the South African authorities showing that they have a firm grasp of security leading up to Friday's kick-off, and that the inter-agency cooperation between countries was a serious one.
Interactive Photographic A really cool timeline about which players were mentioned the most times on Facebook updates each day of the World Cup. You can trace almost every memorable event in every game based on what people were talking about.
RATINGS RAT RACE: It's World Cup Fever With ESPN & Univision Viewing Records
Posted with permission via HereComeTheYanks.com I will get this out of the way early and then not mention it again...the referee for the USA vs. Slovenia game was awful. He missed key plays and called back the goal that would have sent the USA to victory. Nothing he did was good...as evidenced by FIFA's (supposed) forthcoming grade of a "poor performance" and relief of all further World Cup center refereeing duties. He was horrible, and cost us the win...for the most part.
Two Points for Flinching? I wish... In a game marred by a terrible start by the US and a the worst call in World Cup history by the referee as he called back the US's winning goal in the 88th minute.... The bright spot of the match.
I still have hope that this will be a good World Cup... This article aggregates a lot of things that have been said about the World Cup experience this year (South Africa's infrastructure, low scoring games, uninteresting first round match-ups, etc). I've noticed in a few broadcasts that upper seating areas are not filled to capacity and maybe the vuvuzelas make up for this. I think this will change once the Knock-out stages begin, but Nick Webster has a point:
via AdAge Argentina's Head Coach Diego Maradona declared that if his team won the World Cup, he would streak nude through the streets of Buenos Aires. Well, the trend is catching on.
Posted with permission via HereComeTheYanks.com Ok, so my prediction of a 3-1 USA victory didn't come true. But I can honestly say that I am extremely happy with a 1-1 draw!! There were times where we looked shaky (first 15 minutes). But there were also times when we were taking it to them (Jozy's great run down the flank only to be denied by the woodwork).
I've been curious to watch one of these famed '3D' games for a while now. Last April at NAB, I attended several 3D panels and folks from ESPN suggested that one of the strongest experiences that would bring 3D into the home would be live sports. I've missed opportunities to watch the PGA Masters broacasts, and NCAA games, but being a hardcore Soccer (Futbol) fan, I've been most excited about this possibility. It did not disappoint, but not without some concessions. I will be as detailed as po...
This is a great piece and haven't seen anyone else raise the issue. A few facts: 450,000 fans are expected to travel to South Africa for the World Cup.
If you're lucky enough to be in South Africa for the World Cup, check out this blog post for a great list of things to do and check out while you're there. What would you do?