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Preseason: Broncos v. Seahawks Gets Heated

Seahawks CB Tharold Simon ejected from preseason game vs. Broncos

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Tharold Simon was ejected from the team’s preseason debut against the Denver Broncos on Thursday after striking Broncos tight end Gerell Robinson in the head.

With 10:06 remaining in the third quarter, Broncos running back Kapri Bibbs scored a touchdown to give his team a 14-10 lead.

A brief scuffle ensued between the two teams after the score, and Simon emerged from the tussle exchanging words with the Broncos’ Robinson. Simon hit Robinson in the head, and officials subsequently flagged Simon for a 15-yard personal foul penalty and ejected him from the game.

i got home kinda late lastnight, so totally missed the first preseason games… got home, turned on the tv, and saw the last 5 minutes of the Redskins v. Patriots game, but that’s about it… of course the broncos would play the seahawks in their first preseason game… i mean, of course… must’ve been a little heated and awkward, to say the least.

i’m still a little butthurt over the super bowl, to the point where a part of me doesn’t really want to see my broncos get to the playoffs again this year — never thought i’d say that, but it’s true.

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Mighty Kacy

Kacy Catanzaro at the 2014 Dallas Finals
American Ninja Warrior

i’ve never sat down and watched the show, only seen little tidbits of it here and there… but i have to admit, that was pretty damn amazing.

#mightykacy

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Everyday Football Fouls

In the past month, viewers would have witnessed plenty of moments during the World Cup where players fell to the ground at the slightest touch, often clutching various body parts or bearing anguished expressions. Whether in the hopes of getting an opponent carded or being awarded a free kick, these antics keep alive the tradition of theatrical acting on the pitch. ‘Everyday Football Fouls’ imagines what it would be like if they were acted out in real life.

#chuckle

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Germany’s Global Might

Germans See World Cup Win as a Symbol of Global Might

BERLIN — Even normally quiet streets were electrified early Monday by Germany’s dramatic 1-0 win of the World Cup in extra time, a victory that symbolized, at least to fans, not just the country’s dominance of Europe, but its global prominence. Car horns and vuvuzelas honked, and fireworks and firecrackers exploded.

On the Kurfuerstendamm, the gleaming street of stores and restaurants that was the symbol of West Berlin during the Cold War, cars quickly jammed traffic and fans draped themselves in the black, red and gold of the German flag.

thought it was a pretty good world cup final yesterday… argentina played well and definitely had multiple opportunities to score a few goals — i’m sure they’ll be even more depressed after they watch some film of themselves… but that’s life… so congrats to germany for the win, and that was one helluva nice goal there at the end.

dunno about “global might” though.

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Germany vs. Argentina

well, after a month of soccer, looks like the world cup final is here with argentina and germany going head-to-head later today — so who do you think will come out on top?

i still think germany has the edge in this game… if argentina lets them score a goal or two, they’re probably toast.

either way, i’m just hoping for a good match.

on a sidenote, interesting read on why there’s been so many goals in this world cup.

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Iron Robben vs. Messi

hopefully the Netherlands vs. Argentina game today is better than yesterday’s brazil blowout… have a feeling it’ll be pretty good, and curious to see the dive happy robben playing on the other side of messi and his quick feet.

so who do you think will win?

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Brazil vs. Germany

brazil and germany playing in one of the world cup semi-finals today… so who do you think will win and go onto the world cup final?

i think germany will win today.

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Ann Coulter Is Right?

Ann Coulter Is Right to Fear the World Cup

Last week, Ann Coulter penned a column explaining why soccer is un-American. First, it’s collectivist. (“Individual achievement is not a big factor…blame is dispersed.”) Second, it’s effeminate. (“It’s a sport in which athletic talent finds so little expression that girls can play with boys.”) Third, it’s culturally elitist. (“The same people trying to push soccer on Americans are the ones demanding that we love HBO’s “Girls,” light-rail, Beyoncé and Hillary Clinton.”) Fourth, and most importantly, “It’s foreign…Soccer is like the metric system, which liberals also adore because it’s European.”

well, i tend to lean more conservative and i think this is bullshit.

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Tim Howard Breaks World Cup Record

World Cup: USMNT goalkeeper Tim Howard sets World Cup record with 16 saves vs. Belgium

Of all that was said about Tim Howard’s performance against Belgium, “best ever” pretty much sums it up.

In his 104th cap, Howard single-handedly kept the USMNT in the match until the end of their memorable 2-1 loss with a World-Cup record 16 saves. It’s the most in the tournament since 1966, when they started keeping records. [...]

The most recorded saves previous to Howard was 13 and came in 1978, by Peru’s Ramon Quiroga.

even though we lost in overtime yesterday against belgium, Tim Howard was fucking extraordinary — without a doubt, he kept us in that game and at least gave the guys a chance… i’m still a little bummed out, but at the same time i think they did better than almost everybody expected going into the thing.

also surprised by how much support there’s been for the US team in the world cup this time around… just feels like more people got excited and were watching than i remember from past world cups, which i think is pretty cool.

still a lot of soccer haters around here, though. *chuckle*

Someone changed the Wikipedia entry for U.S. Secretary of Defense to ‘Tim Howard’

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USA vs. Belgium

well, another agonizing hour until kickoff in the Belgium vs. USA game… damnit… so who do you think will win? who are you rooting for?

c’mon USA, you can do this!

update: oh man, i’m sooooo effin bitter right now! fuck.

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USA vs. Belium

i don’t know about you guys, but i’m eagerly awaiting the USA vs. Belgium game today… i’m half-heartedly watching the Argentina vs. Switzerland game in a WatchESPN window here while working, but damned if all i can think about is the next game.

is everybody else watching the games while at work too? i wonder if productivity around the globe has decreased across the board this past week or two. hmmm…

on a related note, Waffle House is boycotting Belgian waffles for #USMNT

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The World Cup Goes Flat

Redesigning The World Cup 2014 Brazil

From a football perspective this is a great World Cup, but from a designers perspective it’s not that great. Please let us explain: The World Cup of 2014 in Brazil is at it’s peak, and so far we have simply been spoiled with great goals and surprising outcomes. But when it comes to the visual way of games appearing on our TV screens, we can’t hide the fact that we’re disappointed in the outcome.

To begin with, we’ve all seen the World Cup 2014 brazil’s unpleasant logo. To quote designer Felix Sockwell, “the fingers are frog-shaped, and the gradients are ham-fisted”. In addition to that, the bevel is making it look smudgy and quite old school. continue…

i’m loving the more modern “flat” design to the world cup broadcast elements… almost makes you wonder why they didn’t roll with something like this to begin with, especially given the enormous popularity and viewership around the world.

good stuff.

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Arjen Robben Apologises

Arjen Robben has apologised for diving during the first half of Netherlands’ 2-1 win against Mexico at the 2014 World Cup.

well at least he came out and apologized after the game… i think he dived around the penalty box at least 3 times in that game against mexico, and finally sold it with a near oscar-winning performance to the ref — so kudos to him, i guess.

speaking of flopping around and taking dives, anybody see that brazil game?!? g’lord man.

Bad Tweet: Dutch airline angers Mexico soccer fans

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