This is going to be a special World Cup issue of flotsam and jetsam. I’ll try to post links to other non-football related posts later (see how I called it “football” to demonstrate how truly global I am and show off the fact that I lived in Scotland for a while).
- To get things started right, The Onion offers a truly helpful interactive visual guide for those unfamiliar with the sport. They also offer a quite run down of eight teams to watch in the tournament. Their assessment of England: “Known for inventing new ways to underperform; look for England’s players to lose their first World Cup match by forgetting what time it starts and everyone going skydiving instead.” Surprisingly, the US made the list as well, though they did state: “Full disclosure—the government mandates we include an entry for the United States in a list like this.”
- First Thoughts has apparently received a number of critical comments for its recent post arguing that soccer is ruining America.
- For some reason, Google is apparently under the impression that Americans aren’t that interested in the World Cup. Although the Google logo elsewhere in the world displays a World Cup oriented logo, in America we are treated to a logo in honor of Jacques Cousteau’s birthday (HT Mashable). (Seriously? First day of the World Cup and you’re rolling out a Cousteau logo?)
- And, Yahoo News reports that Brazilian referees are brushing up on their English obscenities in preparation for the England-US match.