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from Oddly Enough Blog:
Hey Blog Guy, let's play a game. What's the very, very worst thing you can imagine doing right now?
Um, I'd have to say, watching that World Cup thing. You know, in person.
Sure, I think most people feel that way, but surely you can be more specific. Say you WERE at the World Cup right now, couldn't it get worse somehow?
Yeah, I guess so. I could be there and see my wife with Lamar, my assistant.
That's a good start. But surely there's something much worse than that.
Of course. Let's say I'm really hungry and thirsty, but all they have are bags of unsalted brussels sprouts and pint bottles of Crème de Menthe.
Ewww! Now you've got the hang of it. So. You're at the World Cup, you see your wife with Lamar, you're trying to gag down brussels sprouts and green booze, and what else could happen that would make it just a one-way trip to hell?
from Africa News blog:
The soccer fan fest sounded like a wild party with the vuvuzela horns booming through the empty streets of Polokwane town, one of the smallest of 10 venues for the first World Cup on African soil.
Everyone must be there, we thought as there was little happening on a Saturday night in the northern South African town centre.
from Shop Talk:
It may be the World Cup, but when it comes to sapping productivity in the United States the global soccer tournament still has a thing or two to learn from March Madness and the National Football League.
Outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, which often measures lost workplace productivity, said many U.S. fans will tune in for the quadrennial soccer tournament, which kicks off Friday in South Africa, but the event still trails the NCAA men's basketball tournament, dubbed March Madness, and other events.
from Oddly Enough Blog:
Blog Guy, I don't know how I'm going to get through all this World Cup stuff. I'm already so bored by soccer. How about you?
Which kind are you talking about?
There are different kinds of soccer?
Sure. There's regular soccer, and then there's that new Extreme Soccer, like they play in war zones and places like that.
from Photographers' Blog:
Fenerbahce's hopes of winning the Turkish league title for the 18th time were all resting on the final round of games in the 2009-2010 Super League. Expectations among their fans were high, with the major Istanbul club knowing a win at home against Trabzonspor was enough to clinch the championship.
Second-placed Bursaspor were one point behind Fenerbahce on 72 points and faced the tough prospect of a match against last year's champions Besiktas. Some 50,000 Fenerbahce fans wearing navy blue and yellow jerseys took their seats at the Sukru Saracoglu stadium with their attention focused more on celebrating their imminent title triumph than on watching the game.
from Oddly Enough Blog:
Well readers, it's May 20th, time for me to announce the coveted Dumbass of the Month Award. The winner is...
Wait, Blog Guy, there are still 11 days to go in May. This hardly sounds fair.
The winner is Argentina soccer coach Diego Maradona, who ran over a cameraman while on his way to name the members of his squad for the World Cup finals.
from Global News Journal:
Today marks the 65th anniversary of the end of World War Two. No big deal, you might say. And on the surface there is certainly nothing all that extraordinary about May 7, 2010. There has been none of the celebrating that marked the 40th or 50th or even 60th anniversaries.
But what is interesting about this 65th anniversary of the end of the fighting in Europe is that it means every German (and Austrian) born before the war’s end has now reached retirement age. In other words, the entire war-era generation – even those who were infants on V-E Day – is now in retirement. It means all those running Germany now – in government or management, or running factories or driving busses – had, as documented by their birth certificates, nothing whatsoever to do with World War Two.
Kenya has deployed security agents to its border with Somalia after Islamic clerics announced they had clamped down on the public broadcast of soccer and films, a security official has said. Clerics in the frontier town of Mandera said on Monday they had confiscated a number of satellite TV dishes in a football-obsessed nation ahead of the World Cup because public film dens were corrupting youths.
from Tales from the Trail:
President Barack Obama has said he might make the trip to this summer's soccer World Cup in South Africa -- but won't commit unless the U.S. team reaches the finals, according to South Africa's foreign minister.
Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, at the State Department to formally launch the new U.S.-South Africa "strategic dialogue" agreement, said Obama had indicated he might be lured to the World Cup, which begins on June 11 and holds its final at Soccer City in Johannesburg on July 11.