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Friday, July 11, 2008

Minor League Manager Meltdown

Like that alliteration?

Anyway, as promised, anytime a coach or manager freaks out, i will be posting it here. This one isn't quite as good as the guy who resin-bombed home plate, but it's still entertaining for its originality. Enjoy.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

World Cup 2010

So, we're just under 2 years away from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Only problem is, South Africa is looking more and more like it won't be ready for the World Cup in two years (shocking!).

FIFA President Sepp Blatter announced that he has spoken to three countries about hosting the 2010 World Cup, a Plan B World Cup officials have started to put in place after concerns over stadium and security issues in the would-be host country.

See, now this is the problem with awarding the World Cup to countries that aren't world-class soccer countries: They aren't ready for it. Note that this is not unprecedented that the World Cup has been moved on short notice, though it was the Women's World Cup. It was moved from China amidst SARS concerns to the US. However, this is potentially more of a nightmare than that was.

But keep in mind that move. The US has been rumored to be in the mix for the 2018 World Cup (The 2014 World Cup is already set for Brazil), as FIFA was impressed with the last World Cup held here and the US has vastly improved their soccer structure and stadiums since then. Blatter said he had spoken to three countries, though he did not mention them. Let me take some guesses.

1. The USA. As mentioned above, they've vastly improved their soccer structure in the States, and soccer is as popular as ever here with the arrival of David Beckham last year. They also have many soccer specific stadiums (SSS) already built (most notably the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles and Pizza Hut Park in Houston), with several more in the works for the next two years (Washington and Philly most likely). Not to mention we have several other 'big' stadiums that can easily hold large soccer crowds, such as Giants Stadium, the new Dallas Cowboy's stadium, and Phoenix's own University of Phoenix Stadium. Not to mention the US has the money and the manpower to put together a package and a plan very quickly.

2. England. England last hosted the World Cup in 1966, and has been rumored to be the front runner for 2018. Like the US, England has the resources to put it together quick, not to mention the stadiums. England has a huge soccer history, and has been lobbying for each of the last three World Cup's. They are certainly due.

3. The Dark Horse. Could be a variety of countries, though almost positive it will be a country in Europe. South America is hosting in 2014, Asia had 2002, and I don't think any country in Africa has the capability to put something together quick enough. Germany hosted the last one, so they're out. Switzerland/Austria could be a possibility because they just finished hosting Euro 2008 so they have the stadiums and the know-how, but i think they will be eliminated precisely because they just hosted the Euro's.

So,we're down to two realistic possibilities. Italy, which lasted hosted the World Cup in 1990, and Spain, which hosted in 1982. Each country has the history and the ability to host the World Cup. That said, if i were taking guesses, Spain would get the nod here. It's been longer since they hosted, and right now Spain is on a roll .

So, with three choices, who's the favorite? It comes down to which continent, really. If it's Europe, i have to believe it would be England since it has been 42 years since they last hosted the World Cup.

So, it comes down to England vs. the US in my opinion. Both countries could easily pull off the feat on short notice, and both countries would be an excellent host. Whichever country didn't get the 2010 World Cup would certainly have to be the favorite for the 2018 World Cup. So really, both countries win.

As much as it pains me, if i were a betting man i would have to bet on England. It has only been 14 years since the US hosted, and England is still England when it comes to soccer.

As Sepp Blatter stated, nothing has been decided yet, and in all likelihood i think the most likely scenario is that South Africa gets its act together and is ready to host the World Cup in 2010. But, if for some reason it isn't, look for England to be the fill-in host.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Korean Baseball Fight

This is what you call an all-out brawl.



Little known fact: This is how the Korean War was started...