Very late into the World Cup semi final between Argentina and Holland, the Argie midfielder, Javier Mascherano tracked back and made a game saving tackle of Arjen Robbin. When I write “game saving” it literally was just that. If not for Mascherano, Robbin likely would have easily scored and the Dutch would have been almost certainly marched into the Final. Here’s the fateful moment:
After the game Javier admitted what most certainly is a painful and awful injury: “I thought I had slipped, I thought I wouldn’t make it, but I tore my anus on that move, the pain… it was terrible. I threw myself into it. I could have been sent off. It could have been a penalty, but anyone could have done that, I had the luck to get there.”
Really, tearing one’s anus can only be surmounted as the worst possible injury by “testicular torsion“, right?
Make no mistake about it, Germany’s 7-1 complete and total destruction of Brazil will reside as one of sport’s greatest, most unforgettable moments. In no way could anyone reasonable anticipate that Brazil would lose in a World Cup semifinal, as the host nation – forget a scenario where they give up five goals in about 30 minutes.
Really, we were more likely to see Jerry Jones the Owner, fire Jerry Jones the General Manager.
The reality is Brazil had not been firing on all cylinders for a while. The dirty secret is the current Brazil team was better at defending than attacking, something almost in itself unbelievable. But it could be seen repeatedly throughout Brazil’s six World Cup games in the last 5 weeks. Even with Neymar the team in yellow just wasn’t the fluid, pass happy, ball possession team we all think about when considering Brazil. Nope, this Brazil was far more physical, direct and well, just not very Brazilian in style. So when the team lost Thiago Silva, not Neymar, for the semi-final it should have been the bigger concern for the team. Neymar was the star, it’s LeBron, and was leaning so heavily on the kid for attacking prowess, but it was Silva in the back who was organizing, captaining and making sure all was tidy in the back. Losing both its key pieces to attack and defending was just too much – but it was the loss of Silva that allowed Germany to just push the Brazilian wall a little harder, and it all came tumbling down.
Brazil is out of the World Cup hosted in Brazil. Brazil lost “SEVEN to ONE”. It’s just too unimaginable to believe.
Fincher’s next movie, “Gone Girl” will arrive soon, but we now have a full-on Fincher edited trailer. From it we certainly can only tell that Ben Affleck is just as suspicious as a suspect in his own wife’s disappearance as we all think he is in real life.
Woke up Saturday morning to find out the great Bill Watterson had been drawing, in secret for three days worth of strips, right our collective noses.
Now, I haven’t been reading the comic pages on the regular for some time, but those there are those that do who were suspicious about what exactly was going on inside Pearls Before Swine. In fact, a rather serious debate was going on as to the legitimacy of the idea that Watterson would play along for something like this.
Anyway, turns out it’s true. Bill Watterson drew these panels. They are funny, beautiful and bring back all the good feelings of a Calvin & Hobbs strip.
Enjoy, ’cause after this attention Watterson is likely to scurry back into his hermit hole for another decade.
It’s been over a year since I paid any attention to this site.
I started it because I was simply interested in having a new place to share and experiment with stuff. It seemed like a good platform for distributing the nutty stories I read on the interweb. But then, as do many things I touch, it became a burden and I got tired of it. For reasons I can’t explain I felt obligated to post multiple things a day, each morning and tried to make it a habitual thing. But in doing so it also became a chore.
About a week ago my friend that owns the ISP that hosts the site contacted me because he was getting repeated warnings about my space on his server getting pinged by “bots” or whatever nefarious things try to attack WordPress sites to take them over and distribute Kenyan money phishing schemes. My theme had fallen out of date, its creator had stopped providing updates and I was in need of correcting that.
I dug around for a theme, found something I liked, and decided it was a good time to get back into it.
Oh, and because I’ve got time on my hands.
The theme I’ve picked is loaded with gizmos and features. It will be in flux for a while as I learn what I can do, can’t, like and dislike. I won’t be posting lots each day, or even every day. But, it’s working again and so will I.
For the time being I will be limiting my updates to twitter. Please follow me @thegeekout and on Facebook
I will be posting headlines and news to both of those several times a day.
At some point I hope to get the site back running, but there is a larger project in the works that involves it that I have to sort out first.
thanks for reading and being beautiful…