Don’t you just love stereotypes? I’m half-Mexican and fair-skinned, which has given me a unique window to know what white folks think of Mexicans and vice-versa. The general consensus is that Mexican Coke is better than American Coke, and that people can’t even agree to disagree about the rest but I can dance salsa quite well as long as it’s not with your daughter.
Luckily, I’ve gotten in touch with both my “roots” quite recently. Continue reading “Some Hot & Spicy Mexican Content” »
The US men’s national team currently has a friendly scheduled vs.
the Ukraine. (No article: here’s why) As a team that narrowly lost to France in a two-legged playoff, it promised to be a stern test for the team. However, the recent violence in political developments have raised the specter that the game may be moved and/or even called off. Despite a recent peace deal signed last Friday, nobody knows if the other side will respect it. The President has left the country and the PM has been released, but will the loyalists put down their arms?
We decided to ask a sample of US soccer fans what they thought about the game and this highly volatile situation. Continue reading “Ask An American Soccer Fan: Pending Ukraine Friendly” »
It’s simple math. A major sports tournament at an exotic locale looms. A journalist gets on an online travel website, looks at the price for a hotel in a city during a regular summer month, then they look at the price for that same hotel during said sporting tournament. The numbers don’t add up! One is bigger! Outrage! Anger! Businesses then get slammed for trying to “profit” from the influx of tourists. It happened in South Africa. Should we be surprised that Brazilian hotels will be more expensive this summer?
Never fear, though, because Dilma is here! The Brazilian government has stepped in and investigated whether the price surge reflects a “cartel-like” situation. A special committee has been created to monitor said price surges. So, everything’s fine, right? The state will solve all our problems? Can’t Brazil just follow the Latin American trend and amend its Constitution another time to include a universal right for fair hotel rates during World Cups?
A closer look shows that the problem-solver is actually the cause, not the savior, for the problem. Continue reading “Every World Cup Article Ever Written: Stupid Price Hikes!” »
FIFA has awarded the World Cup to Qatar in 2022. Newsflash: Qatar is a pretty hot country. This past summer, Ecuadorian striker Chucho Benitez died from heart failure shortly after signing and playing for a Qatari club. Many construction workers have died toiling away in the heat. Qatar is a “subtropical dry, hot desert climate.” Summer temperatures can reach up to and over 40 degrees Celsius, which translates to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. In fact, during June, the average temperature is 105 degrees Fahrenheit. There’s little rain and little cloud-cover.
As part of its bid, Qatar included some stadiums with magical floating roofs (ahem, “solar clouds”) that looked like spaceships and, surprise surprise, are impossible to actually build. FIFA has promised that the Qatar World Cup will be during the winter. But, then again, FIFA has promised to combat corruption and Sepp Blatter is perpetually running for office “one last time.” For this post, I operated on the assumption that the tournament will happen in the summer and scoured FIFA’s website for an extreme weather policy.
The results were not pleasant. Continue reading “Qatar 2022: Will FIFA Learn Anything from the Australian Open Debacle?” »
In 1989, Pele boldly predicted that an African team would win the World Cup by the year 2000. He was wrong. Since then, the dark continent has seen tremendous growth in terms of exporting players to top European leagues, but no African team has ever reached the World Cup semifinals. Still, every four years, pundits and journalists draw up a list of “dark horse candidates”, ie, countries who may be surprisingly successful. African powers always make the list.
That’s not a surprise. What is surprising in this modern age is the language used to describe the pros and cons of African teams. Continue reading “Every World Cup Article Ever Written…Don’t write off the African Dark Horse!” »
Crowdsourcing! I know, what is this, 2011? Please, just give me a few seconds to explain the urgency and immediacy of this situation. Continue reading “An Important Crowdsourcing Announcement Regarding a Crowdsourcing Opportunity” »
Ahh, nothing is more relaxing than aural pleasure, no? Now that I have relocated to a major metropolitan area, each morning and evening I look forward to gridlock, accidents, folks changing lanes without turning on their signals, overturned cars, ambulances, fire trucks, and folks turning on signals and not changing lanes. What could be more blissful?
Luckily, my iPhone is regularly loaded with some lovely podcasts.Here they are: Continue reading “Soccer Lynx: Open the Soccer Pod(Cast) Doors, Hal” »