Lunchtime Laughter

Triumph Watches The World Cup in Astoria, Queens

Not Madden Tho


Call it the “Rise of the e-Athlete.” Starting this Fall, Robert Morris University in Chicago will offer at least 30 athletic scholarships to High School students with exceptional skills in the video game League of Legends. The first university to offer such a bonus, Associate Athletic Director acknowledged the lack of traditional athletic prowess necessary for the scholarships: “Obviously it’s not cardiovascular in any way, but it’s mental.”

Captain of this Rap Game

“It’s Poppin” a new rap single by Clint Dempsey aka “Deuce”

Morning Dose of the Redskin

77 years of Washington Redskins branding

Tony Gwynn, Rest In Peace

Keith Olbermann remembers one of the greatest hitters ever.

Too Cool For Soccer School


Stussy ups the size of their 8 ball for World Cup style season

Morning Dose of Trick Shots

The World Cup edition. By Rémi Gaillard.

One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Soccer Ball

And brands still pour millions upon millions into momentary marketing…

The Location of the Game


Beautiful Soccer fields around the world

Tasiilaq, Greenland (above)

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Hair Play


Christoph Niemann’s World Cup Hairdo Hall of Fame

There are Rules to Enhancing the Sport of Soccer Through Aesthetic Creativity and Design


Creative Review simplifies FIFA’s 92-page guide to designing uniforms for the World Cup.

Morning Dose of Warm-Up Music

The World Cup Cut Up by Eclectic Method

World Cup Voodoo


Ghana’s most famous witch doctor is claiming that he caused Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent knee injury, which might limit the Portuguese Forward in World Cup play. When asked to explain, Nana Kwaku Bonsam—translated literally as “Devil of Wednesday”—said “I know what Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury is about, I’m working on him, I am very serious about it. Last week, I went around looking for four dogs and I got them to be used in manufacturing a special spirit called Kahwiri Kapam.” Dead dogs or not, with the US in the same group as Germany, Portugal and Ghana (who they lost to back in 2010), any black magic from anywhere will do for an American win.

The Japanese Eephus

Courtesy of the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters right-handed pitcher Kazuhito Tadano.

via, digg / espn

Sideshow Rob


If you’ve ever been looking for a Sideshow Bob x Robin Lopez (Portland Trail Blazers) t-shirt, Vacancy Projects has got you covered.

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The Long Shot by Adam B. Lerner

The future of Indian basketball rests on the shoulders of a tall young man



Fixed Soccer Matches Cast Shadow Over World Cup by Declan Hill and Jeré Longman

A New York Times investigation of match fixing ahead of the last World Cup gives an unusually detailed look at the ease with which professional gamblers can fix matches.

(Part two here)

Illustration by Henry Wong

Stephen Hawking, World Cup Analyst

Here the professor uses General Logistic Regression Modelling to figure out the optimal conditions for England’s success and how to score the perfect penalty kick.



Soccer’s Deadliest Fans: The Troubled World of Brazil’s ‘Organizadas’ by James Young

With the World Cup fast approaching, Brazil is attempting to curtail its controversial soccer fan clubs. But who is really to blame for the violence surrounding the beautiful game?

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