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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.

Footie in America

It is odd to stand tall as an American during the World Cup, when in other contexts I am not particularly proud of my Passport.

The World Cup is inherently a nationalistic endeavor. For a country that has been bad at the sport in question for most of the sport’s existence, and has most of the world somewhere between casually disgusted to fully at war against it, I am fully aware of the dry irony and awkwardness of a pub full of Americans chanting U-S-A, during a football match until we’re hoarse.

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World Cup Points

Scenarios for the US team’s success or failure aren’t hard to find, but mine are funny. The final matches in our group are England v Slovenia and the USA v Algeria.  The long and the short of it is: the US will advance if we do as well (or better) than England in the final games.

Edit: Thanks to Nevets in the comments for going through ALL the tie breaks and catching some math mistakes.
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K'Naan, World Cup Songs & youtube hysteria

I’ve recently been enamored with a Somalian/Canadian rapper named K’Naan. He has a lot of soul, and his Saul Williams-esque digressions into abstract spoken word don’t annoy me as much as I thought they would.

Imagine my surprise when I found out that a modified version of his already awesome song Wavin’ Flag is the Official FIFA World Cup 2010 Song.

Wait a minute, that’s not the suprising thing. There are official world cup songs?  Oh yes my friends, there are, and they are tragically fantastic!
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