Just another ghost in the machine.
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Kredu tiujn, kiuj serĉas la veron. Dubu tiujn, kiuj trovas ĝin. -André Gide
Well, tiny Costa Rica, whose population is, what, half of New York City’s, and whose odds to win the WC I think were placed at 4000 to 1, did make somewhat of an epic match out of it. Sure, The Netherlands had almost all the possession, and they hit more than one post & crossbar; but Costa played their game, remained unbelievably disciplined, and didn’t allow a goal, despite the constant lethality of Robben on display. The final story coulda been a lot different, if Costa Rica were able to score on that breakaway near the end of extra time. It was *this* close to being one of the ultimate Cinderella stories.
But they have so much to be proud of. They actually won their tough group of former champions, and they made it all the way to the very end of the quarterfinals. Only in the dice-throw of the penalty shootout to the 2010 WC runners-up did they finally lose.
So congrats, Costa Rica. You were for a moment in time the very soul of the underdog that exists or resonates in almost everyone, achieving so much beyond your apparent station, because of your discipline and belief. Can’t wait to see you guys in 2018.
Why the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia could be a disaster
By far the most expensive Winter Olympics in history, costing a staggering $50 billion (Vancouver’s cost about $7 billion all in) will begin on Friday (7th Feb.), but there are several reasons why it could all end up in catastrophe:
- Failed constructions: sidewalks are half built; wiring is still unfinished; and piles of trash are collecting within a short distance from the Olympic Park. A lot of journalists arriving in Sochi reported to not have water and electricity in their hotel rooms.
- Ignoring the safety precautions: buildings have been set up on unsuitable surfaces and areas like bogs. Environmentalist groups claim they have broken many pledges, including dumping waste illegally and endangering local wildlife.
- Damaging the local inhabitants: a lot of people have been kicked out of their homes and their houses/apartments have been destroyed, because the government said to need more area for the Olympics
- Ignoring more human rights: last year, Russia passed anti-gay legislation that banned the production and dissemination of what was dubbed “gay propaganda”, in other words, images that depict homosexual relationships positively. There is the possibility of discrimination against homosexual athletes and visitors observing the Games.
- More than one-third of the $50 billion budget has been siphoned off by corruption
- Alexei Sorokin, owner of Basia Services, a private extermination company, told ABC News that Sochi officials have employed him to kill as many stray dogs as possible before the Games because they posed a threat to competitors and tourists.
I put this together using multiple sources as almost every newspaper has a story about it by now. Already in 2013 a documentary was made
detailing the irregularities I brought out.
Not to mention the house arrest and killing of suspected ‘black widow’ women…
BTW, here’s one of the strays that has survived thus far. :)
Jamaica’s underfunded underdogs are going back to the Olympics—and this time their trip is backed not by wealthy businessmen but by a legion of generous Internet fans.
Bobsled driver Winston Watts and brakeman Marvin Dixon qualified for the Sochi Games, but their entry was in jeopardy after they came up $80,000 short of the funding needed to make the trip.
Enter the Internet.
Crowdfunding sites Crowdtilt and Indiegogo took up the Jamaicans’ cause, hauling in six figures in just two days from donors around the world (the original fundraising deadline was nine days). “The outpouring of support at the grassroots level through crowdfunding sites was tremendous and humbling,” said Chris Stokes, a member of the 1988 team that inspired the movie Cool Runnings and the current head of the Jamaica Bobsleigh Federation.
Read more. [Image: Photo: Robert Laberge/Getty Images; National Journal illustration]
This is who I’m rooting for. #TeamInternet
If I were one of the top athletes on the planet, I would demand my number be Pi. Is that irrational?
Haha <3. Djokovic? More like Joke-ovic, at least in that match compared to Rafa. Too good. He had his lefty wrist-snapping spin magic dialed up. Actually, he had everything in sublime working order: cross-court spinners, pace-melting flat blast shots and slices, the occasional indelible drop shot, unbelievable transition from defense to offense, lethal passes… too much for Djoker.
Lightning strikes as Usain Bolt wins gold
Lightning struck at the moment Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt crossed the finish line, winning the 100 meters final at the world championships in Moscow.
Photo: Olivier Morin / AFP - Getty Images
Bartoli gets 1st major title with Wimbledon win over Lisicki
Previously Bartoli appeared in the Wimbledon finals in 2007.
Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images via NBCSports.com
Emotional win by Jerzy Janowicz over his Polish countrymate Kubot in the Wimbledon 2013 quarterfinals. Well done. The football pitch jersey/Jerzy exchange should be in more sports, heh.
UPDATE: Well, that sucks. They took down the video.
14-year-old Tianlang Guan makes cut at Masters
AP: Tianlang Guan become the youngest player to ever to make the cut in PGA Tour history on Friday.
With 10 shots off of the lead, Guan, an eighth-grader from China, just barely made the cut. Earlier Friday, Guan was penalized for slow play.
At the end of the second round, Jason Day lead the Masters by one stroke.
Photo: Amateur Tianlang Guan waves after a birdie putt on the 18th green during the first round of the Masters. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
One of those “what were you doing at 14…?” moments.
Good, about time. Get these fuckin’ idiots outta here that do this kind of thing.
However, it really wasn’t quick enough:
Rice’s termination comes nearly four months after the university’s athletic director, Tim Pernetti, suspended him for three games and fined him $50,000, with little elaboration. On Wednesday, Pernetti said that he erred in not taking stronger action and that he would “work to regain the trust of the Rutgers community.”
The verbal and physical abuse of men’s college basketball players was caught on video (linked to in the article), and it was aired just yesterday on ESPN. Good for them. That forced Rutger’s reluctant hand, because the video exploded on the Internet. I’d say get that Pernetti guy out of here as well for doing the absolute wrong thing.
Although I don’t follow college sports at all, I’m posting this because I happened to see this video, and I’m happy that reporters did their job and that people got rightfully pissed and that people as ridiculous as that coach get what they deserve. I also can’t stand abuse of power.
On the comeback trail.
Nadal beat Nalbandian (who is also coming back from a long injury) to win the Brazil Open.
This is probably gonna be a damn battle, starting in less than an hour.