Triumph Watches The World Cup in Astoria, Queens
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.”
“It’s Poppin” a new rap single by Clint Dempsey aka “Deuce”
77 years of Washington Redskins branding
Keith Olbermann remembers one of the greatest hitters ever.
The World Cup edition. By Rémi Gaillard.
And brands still pour millions upon millions into momentary marketing…
Christoph Niemann’s World Cup Hairdo Hall of Fame
Creative Review simplifies FIFA’s 92-page guide to designing uniforms for the World Cup.
The World Cup Cut Up by Eclectic Method
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.
If you’ve ever been looking for a Sideshow Bob x Robin Lopez (Portland Trail Blazers) t-shirt, Vacancy Projects has got you covered.
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
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.
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?