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.
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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?
The Jump is a fun short documentary by Alex Sutherland that features unearthed vhs footage from the first jumps and profiles the extreme activities ballsy overlooked creator, Chris Sigglekow.
Using 1200 cans of spray paint, Os Gêmeos recently finished a commission to paint the Brazilian national soccer team’s airplane. A can’t miss sight on the tarmac, the plane will carry the players and personnel from city to city during the World Cup.
Mess with a bull, sometimes you get the horns.
Three matadors were gored at a fight on Tuesday, during the month long ‘World Series of bullfighting’ in Madrid. With no one left to challenge the bulls, festivities were cancelled for the day. The first time that’s happened in 35 Years.
Directed by Nicholas Strini
“The northwest Texas towns of Turkey and Crowell are separated by about 60 miles as the crow flies; they’re places you’re most likely to stumble upon only if taking a few wrong turns between Wichita Falls and Lubbock, or Amarillo. But in December of 2013, the two tiny towns became leading actors in the final acts of the University Interscholastic League’s six-man football season, breaking through to meet in the semi-finals of a 32-team playoff bracket. Developed in the 1930s to give smaller high schools an opportunity at top-level competition, six-man thrives in the rural districts of a few football-crazy states—nowhere more prevalently than in Texas. Filmmaker Nicholas Strini followed the strands of the Lone Star’s deep gridiron tradition to its incredible small-scale local versions, where the populations may be dwindling, but passions remain as grand as the horizon.”
One Hour of San Diego Surfing, Time Collapsed
Inspired by Batman’s Tumbler, this one-of-a-kind golf cart reaches a top speed of 36 mph and will help you roll over archenemies on the country club circuit. It can be yours for a stately $49,950
We picked up a rare copy of Eric Elms’ 2011 zine featuring “a collection of images cut from old NBA posters highlighting the fans staring in unison at the slam dunks” when we visited his studio last week.
Who’s on Third? In Baseball’s Shifting Defenses, Maybe Nobody by David Waldstein
For more than 100 years, baseball looked pretty much the same from the grandstands. There were three players spread in the outfield, a pitcher on the mound, a catcher behind the plate, and four infielders neatly aligned, two on each side of second base. But a radical reworking of defensive principles is reshaping the way the old game is played, and even the way it looks. If you cannot find the third baseman, he might be the one standing in shallow right field. The second baseman? That’s him on the other side of the diamond, next to the shortstop.