Category Archives: sports

Football sucks

I cannot abide football, for it’s brutal and the action occupies just a few minutes of a one hour-game (which often lasts 2.5 hours or more with time-outs, half-time, and commercials. Reader Diane G. called my attention to a piece in the Wall Street Journal, which, although four years old, surely applies today. It shows […]

Real Islamophobia: Muslim football player penalized for thanking Allah on the field

Well, here’s what seems to be a case of genuine Islamophobia: penalizing someone who shows their Islamic belief in public while letting off others who do the same thing in the name of the Christian God.  Addictinng Info reports that a Muslim football player, Husain Abdullah, the safety for the Kansas City Chiefs, prostrated himself before Allah […]

Google Doodle honors Althea Gibson

Were Althea Gibson (1927-2003) still alive, today would be her 87th birthday. Google honors the day with this animated Doodle of Gibson playing tennis (click on screenshot to go to Doodle): I’m old enough to have seen her play. She was not only the first black woman to hit the big time in tennis, but this didn’t represent […]

Goalkeeper scores goal

Here’s a tidbit for soccer lovers. I’m sure this has happened before (readers?), but I’ve never seen it. In this video of a game from August 9, Hibernian goalkeeper Mark Oxley scores a goal against Livingston on a kick out from his own goal. Hibernian won this one 2-1 in the Scottish Professional Football League Championship […]

Footie fallout

I suspect we’ll have a bit more of this stuff as the excitement of the World Cup tapers off. Elite Daily put up two more items related to The Chomper: A Pac-Man game with his likeness was, somehow, created. Even well-respected companies couldn’t resists getting in on the fun, going out of their way to taunt […]

The end of footie

Well, it’s all over, and the golden World Cup trophy (worth several million dollars, I’m told) is in the hands of Germany.  One can’t argue that they don’t deserve it, for they’ve played well the whole time. And yesterday’s game against Argentina was very good, with the winning goal scored in the second 15-minute extension […]

Oy vey!

Well, both teams really want it.  Comments below. And. . . Matthew informs me that they’re watching it from space:    

Today’s footie (felid picks Germany to win)

This is the Big Day: the day that Argentina plays Germany for the World Cup. The time of broadcast appears to have changed: it’s the normal afternoon time—2 p.m. Chicago time—and the game will be broadcast in the US on ABC. (I’m not sure if 2 pm is game time or simply the start of […]

Today’s footie

It’s the consolation match between Brazil and Netherlands, starting at 2 p.m. Chicago time. Remember that tomorrow’s final starts an hour later: 3 p.m. Chicago time (4 p.m. Eastern). I will venture a guess this time: Netherlands 1-0. Readers should also put their predictions below. Tomorrow, of course, the victor will be determined (hopefully by […]

Today’s footie: The Chomper goes to Barça

I haven’t missed a footie post since the World Cup began, but today is quiescent. There is, however, some news. According to today’s New York Times, The Chomper is being transferred to Barcelona from Liverpool, partly because of his World Cup Chomp: Luis Suárez, who was suspended from all soccer activities for four months after […]

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