June 2010


South African kids playing the beautiful game

With every countries first match now in the books, the biggest story has to be the upset of World Cup favorites Spain by the Swiss. Till today, it had been a relatively uneventful and boring first series of matches. It’s been a World Cup lacking in goals, horrible goal keeping and questionable quality.

The lack of quality has mostly to do with the defensive minded play of most teams. It seems that these teams have adopted the Greek model of play from Euro 2004. Play 9 men back and hope to capitalize on 1 or 2 chances or even a mistake. It makes for very boring football.

However, there have been some quality moments. Germany looked top-notch, did they not. They surely should be considered the early favorites. The bafana bafana delighted with their draw with the first match of these 2010 games. What a sublime strike that was from Siphiwe Tshabalala. Say his name five times fast. Truly a great way to open up the World Cup.

England showed their dominance with their control against the US, but lacked finish. England deserved better than a draw, but thanks to their poor goal keeping, that is all they could manage. Argentina and Messi looked dominant, if not for the Nigerian goal keeping, that score line might have been disproportionate. Italy squeaked by with a draw against Paraguay, thanks to yet another horrible mistake by the Paraguayan goal keeper. Italy has work to do. Italy has one thing in their favor, they are notoriously slow starters. Let’s see if that’s also the case in 2010. Brazil looked out of sync, uncomfortable, and got by thanks to the brilliance of Maicon, Robinho, and Elano. Kaka’s play was very disappointing and Fabiono was invisible. If Brazil are to verify their favorite status, they must get much better play from those two. Leaving Ronaldhino off the team could prove to be a costly mistake.

Where does Spain go from here? A monstrous upset at the hands of the Swiss, the Spaniards are in a bind. Their offense looked very passive. David Villa’s play left a lot to be desired. Xavi looked uninterested. Their defense seems spotty at best. They were coming in as favorites along with Brazil and the defending Euro 2008 champs. This loss must be crushing to their confidence. How will Spain rebound? Surely they must shore up their defense and their stars must play better. On the other hand, the Swiss confidence must be at heights never experienced.

Thanks to the Swiss, this World Cup went from boring to interesting and intriguing.

The World Cup is a few days away. Are you excited? I am. It’s the best sports tournament in the world. For one month, 32 countries will play to see who is the best. Brazil and Spain seem to be the front runners. Brazil and Germany are always the safe bets. My question however, who has the sexiest women? So I thought i’d prepare all of you for the world cup with a poll. Which of the 32 Countries in the world cup has the sexiest women. Vote as many times as you like.

Group A

South Africa

Charlize Theron

(Actress)

This beauty from Johannesburg is best known for her roles in Hancock and Monster.

Mexico

Salma Hayek

(Actress)

This beauty from Veracruz caught every man’s attention with her role in the movie Desperado.

Uruguay

Barbara Mori

(Super Model)

Born in Montevideo, she stated, she did not want to be a sex symbol. Too late. She is now set to appear in Bollywood.

France

Eva Green

(Actress)

This French beauty born in Paris was the classy and sexy bond girl in Casino Royale.

Group B

Argentina

Carolina Ardohain

(Model)

This Argentinian model has graced the cover Maxim and was the official mascot for the futbol team at 2002 World Cup.

Nigeria

Oluchi Onweagba

(Model)

From the suburbs of Lagos, at 16 she won the “Face of Africa” contest.

South Korea

Yunjin Kim

(Actress)

She was born in Seoul, but grew up in Staten Island. She is best known for her role as Sun on Lost.

Greece

Evelina Papantoniou

(Model)

Born in Athens, this Greek goddess placed 1st runner up in the Miss Universe 2001 pageant.

Group C

England

Keira Knightley

(Actress)

This is one beauty that you could look at and listen to all day.

USA

Megan Fox

(Actress)

From Tennessee, this sex symbol became the fantasy of every man after Transformers.

Algeria

Sabrina Arab

(Model)

This Algerian beauty was named Arab’s Top Model in 2008.

Slovenia

Melania Trump

(Model)

This stunning model is married to Donal Trump. I guess when you’re that rich, it doesn’t matter what you look like.

Group D

Germany

Heidi Klum

(Super Model)

This Victoria Secret model is a household name, as well as graced the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

Australia

Krystal Forscutt

(Model)

Looking to make a career in hollywood, this beauty was once the biggest reality tv star down under.

Serbia

Ana Ivanovic

(Tennis Star)

She hit #1 in the world in 2008. Sexy and athletic. The perfect combination.

Ghana

Jennifer Victoria Koranteng

(Miss Ghana 2009)

She’s not only a beauty queen, but has a degree in Psychology.

Group E

Netherlands

Doutzen Kroes

(Victoria Secret Model)

Not only does she have her own wax figure in Amsterdamn, she also likes to date DJ’s and rappers.

Denmark

Connie Nielsen

(Actress)

This Danish beauty is best known for her role opposite Russel Crowe in Gladiator.

Japan

Reon Kadena

(Actress)

While most of us in North America don’t know who she is, she is a superstar in Japan.

Cameroon

Mingana Fochive Danielle Frankie

(Miss Africa USA 2008)

Born in Cameroon, she has spent most of her life in the US.

Group F

Italy

Monica Bellucci

(Actress)

It’s no wonder this Italian beauty once topped Askmen’s 100 Most Beautiful Women.

Paraguay

Leryn Franco

(Olympian/Model)

She competed in the 2004 & 2008 Olympics in the sport of Javelin. She definitely knows how to handle a stick.

New Zealand

Hayley Holt

(Dancer)

She is a household name thanks the New Zealand’s version of Dancing With The Stars.

Slovakia

Adriana Sklenarikova

(Model)

This stunning beauty gave up medical school to become a model. Definitely the right choice.

Group G

Brazil

Adriana Lima

(Super Model)

Marko Jaric is possibly the luckiest man alive, married to this beauty.

North Korea

Couldn’t find anyone. Kim Jong-il probably keeps them for himself.

Ivory Coast

Rosine Gnago Dacoury

(Miss Ivory Coast 2009)

Portugal

Andreia Rodrigues

(Miss Portugal 2008)

She said she loves to have the scent of her man on her.

Group H

Spain

Penelope Cruz

(Actress)

She got her breakthrough alongside Johnny Depp in Blow.

Switzerland

Michelle Hunziker

(Model)

This Swiss beauty is a mainstay on Italian and German television.

Honduras

Karla Molina

This beauty grew up in L.A. and got into modeling so she would get recognized. Check.

Chile

Leonor Varela

(Actress)

This sexy star showed us how sexy vampires could be in Blade II.

Jim Joyce's blown call on Galarraga's perfect game.

Did Jim Joyce blow the call? Yes. It cost Armando Galarraga a perfect game.

Did Jim Joyce make a mistake? Yes.

However, Joyce owned up to it. He apologized to the media, to the fans, and most important to Galarraga. The truth is, the only person Joyce owed an apology to was Galarraga. It was Galarraga’s chance at history, and it was taken away. It wasn’t taken away maliciously, or intentionally. It was taken away because of a mistake. That’s baseball.

Joyce was clearly distraught over his mistake. You could hear it in his voice and see it in his face. Almost in tears, he felt terrible. He was genuine. He explained what happened, and he took responsibility. When is the last time you’ve heard an umpire or official stand up in front of the cameras and own up? I honestly can’t.

Armando Galarraga, pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, accepted Joyce’s apology and has moved on. He realizes it was a mistake and it happens. People do make mistakes. I’m sure you’ve made some pretty big mistakes in your lifetime. Lord knows I have, hell I make one on a daily basis. He does not deserve the amount of ridicule he is getting from the media.

There is however, one positive that can come out of this whole situation. INSTANT REPLAY. Last night’s events further the case for it. Get with the times Major League Baseball. We aren’t in the 1950’s anymore. Last night’s unfortunate missed call could have been avoided. The media making Jim Joyce public enemy #1 could have been avoided. Instant replay would have overturned the call, Galarraga would have had his perfect game. And this morning we would be talking about the 3rd perfect game this year and how valuable instant replay is.