sorry kids, i’ve been busy as hell. it’s been a rough few weeks for the blog, as i adjust my life around my new job. one of these days, i’ll hopefully figure out a way to balance my work life with my soccer life. and though that day is not today, i figured a second post in less than three days would at least keep you off my back about not giving you anything to read lately. a perfect time for another round up.
is this the soccer ball of the future? – theoffside.com
despite the fact that fifa thinks they’re dropping a revolutionary new ball at every world cup or euro championships, we all know that they’re really just throwing a new coat of paint on the same old concept. sure, every time a new ball hits the scene you’ll have every keeper in the world crying about how it’s harder to track/catch/do their jobs. but aside from that, each next generation’s iteration really doesn’t address any of the developing issues within the game (goal line tech, anyone?). and with fifa again bitch-slapping proposed solutions to the ground, perhaps a new approach is necessary.
enter the CTRUS from AGENT, which turns the idea of the soccer ball on it’s head. it doesn’t need inflating, as it has interior “skeleton” and a translucent flexible shell. it uses GPS and RFID technology to constantly relay it’s location on or off the pitch, and will change freaking colors to display that to players, fans and referees. it’s that last part that is mind blowing: it can automatically tell us when it crosses the goal line or goes out of touch. though it’s still just a prototype, i think this idea needs money poured into it now. be sure to check the main link for video demonstrations.
should this move be banned? – wsj.com
while i’m on the topic of making changes to the game, let’s take a look at brazil’s favorite new trick, the paradinha. click the link, and watch the embedded video, and form your own opinion before reading the next paragraph. if you’re lazy, i’ve embedded a video below for you too:
hopefully you’ve watched one of the videos and developed your opinion at this point, and now it’s time to give you mine. ban it. ban it and give anyone who does it a yellow card, minimum. this takes away any of the fairness on the goalkeepers end. when a spot kick tacker pulls off a paradinha, it’s no longer a 50-50 chance for both players, but rather it becomes more like a 70-30 in favor of a kicker. and i know ronaldo and a million brazilians will sob and cry foul like fifa is telling them to play barefoot or something. take it away anyway; they’ll figure out another way to be tricky.
facebook campaign for portugal to sport moustaches at the world cup – worldcupblog.org
everything about this is awesome. there’s nothing more retro european than bushy, iberian mustaches. imagine nani lurking about south africa, looking like a creepy child predator. all i can picture is the red devil winger driving to the stadium in a beat up van with “free candy” painted on the side. or better yet, think of ronaldo offering mustache-rides to cape town’s hottest swimsuit models. whatever group of portuguese fans decided that they would kick off this initiative, i salute them for several reasons. first, it’s hilarious. i giggle every time i see the picture to the right. and secondly, it will be a great way to deflect attention away from portugal’s aging, under performing side. brilliant.
bbc to spend £1 million on world cup studio – telegraph.co.uk
while everyone stateside is all amped up that abc/espn will actually be sending a studio team to the world cup for the first time (instead of dubbing commentators located here over the international broadcasts), the british are making sure that we know that they’re still king of the castle.
the bbc are reportedly spending £1 million to just rent the space and build the studio on top of a cape town hospital. that’s not including the additoinal £3 million that will be spent sending 270 staff members to south africa to run the studio. although it’s worth noting that the bbc chose a site that they felt was more “south african.” instead, they opted not to not pick a site overlooking johannesburg’s soccer city, the central hub of the world cup and location of the final, allowing espn to grab the spot instead.
while you’re probably busy trying to un-swallow your tongue after reading that headline, let me first say that the bbc certainly didn’t do their homework. first off, the rap mogul hasn’t been “p-diddy” ever… it was “p. diddy.” secondly, he hasn’t gone by that moniker for like 5 years, when he decided he would go by simply “diddy.” i was half expecting them to start calling him “puff daddy” midway through the article.either way, i’m not really opposed to to sean combs pouring some money into the cash-strapped london outfit. for one, i would imagine he would change the club’s name to cristal palace, something that would likely further the appeal to palace’s a-list fan base. on top of that, i also fully expect him to have an MTV show centered around selecting the team roster, likely called “making the team,” where he would make aspiring footballers do ridiculous challenges like finding him 27 types of pies all over london in four hours. riveting television is on the horizon!