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FIFA World Cup: when the best event is also the most corrupt

As John Oliver suggests in the video below, FIFA has more in common with Borgia-era Catholic church than the Heifer International-style non-profit bringing the game to the poorest of the poor.

The protests in Brazil are (I hope) well known and better documented elsewhere, the 2018 and 2022 events are in Russia, who banned homosexuality and invaded a sovereign country in the last few months, and Qatar, who seem completely disinterested in ending slavery.  Any sane group of decision makers should immediately expel these countries from consideration, but alas they’ve bought their way in.

But then there’s the mundanity of day-to-day corruption and favoritism that really drives me nuts:

This isn’t sour grapes from Portugal’s tragic comeback goal against the US.  I, like Mr. Oliver, absolutely love the World Cup and all the good things it can represent about the world.  Even the brand sponsorships are George Lois-ian “poison gas” from time to time.  I also love how I’ve been alive for the launch and growth of american soccer to where it will be in 8 years.

I simply want the organizers to show some shreds of the respect for fairness and justice that you provide the backbone for the Laws and spirit of the Game around the world.

Haggis is a furry little animal…

I swear to god I’m not a fan of the most awkwardly named team in the MLS, Real Salt Lake. They do have a pretty hot looking new stadium:

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are those Terraces I see? Now I’m jealous, even though edge of suburbia stadia are no fun for footie.

What’s most entertaining for me is what their media department is up to. RSL media peeps are embracing viral marketing with vigor (see Party in the Back, from the Kyle and Javi show). Now witness the greatness that is two Scots in the ‘lil london shop’ in suburban Salt Lake City, spreading disinformation about England’s Canada like veteran secret agents.

“Haggis is a wee furry creature that scurries about the houses in Scotland. It’s got two long legs and two short legs, so it’s very hard to catch.”

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I want to see Scot with one T Thompson showing one of our international players the Pepto bismol VooDoo donut or everyone’s favorite source for whips, Spartacus.

videos via Behind the Badge