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Proof

The Qatar bid video made the rounds on the internet like some celebrity sex video, but Russia’s bid video fell well below the radar, mostly because their bid wasn’t rooted in some far-off fantasy world.

Just watching it now, because, if you haven’t heard, they just got the World Cup, it’s a surprisingly good proposal and a nice video. And proof that to sell stuff, you don’t need Morgan Freeman.

Entire markets just crashed upon this revelation.Also worth noting we now have to sets of Olympics piggybacking World Cups, or vice-versa: Brazil/Rio and Sochi/Russia.

I think its safe to say that the German team that exited the World Cup managed to win not only a few games but also the hearts of a lot of fans-including mine.  And, trust me, no one is more surprised about this than me.  For a variety of reasons, I was definitely in the “anyone but Germany…and Italy” camp before the World Cup.  But after watching them play, I was won over by their heart, selflessness and dedicated to each other.  And though football fans are always sad when great players can’t participate in the… Continue reading

THE BIG PICTURE Cameroon have had a horror of a World Cup, the kind of World Cup only France could admire. Coming in as the highest ranked African side in the tournament, Eto’o and company were expected to make waves. Instead, after losing their first two matches to Japan and Denmark, they were the first country to be eliminated from the tournament. The Dutch have had a different sort of start, but still not the one they hoped for. They have won their two matches, and they have kept two clean sheets, but they’ve been unconvincing. They’ve lacked the big,… Continue reading

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