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For Japan, The World Cup Is Half Empty

July 1st, 2010 | 5 comments | Posted by Diana

Yesterday’s Japan vs. Paraguay elimination game was one of the most arduous, intense—even cinematic of the World Cup so far.

It wasn’t a pretty game, but it was tight. Regulation play (90 minutes) ended in a draw. Overtime (30 minutes) ended in a draw. And then came the shootout (see video below… worst moment in the world at 4:05):

Both teams played head-to-head as long as possible, and in the end, it came down to ten kick attempts. In the Cup’s only shootout so far, Paraguay didn’t miss a penalty kick, and Japan did. The shootout ended at 5-3… with many tears.

Komano, after the failed penalty kick

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Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian

July 1st, 2010 | 2 comments | Posted by jasmine

“Kristen Stewart” reacts to stuff. [YouTube]

Where was China at the World Cup this year? [NYT - Room For Debate]

Australian humorist David Thorne makes the funniest (if not most effective) missing pet posters. [27b/6™]

M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender has just a 6% rating on Rotten Tomatoes–that’s 10% lower than even Sex And The City 2, and the film doesn’t even mention menopause. [Rotten Tomatoes]

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Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian

June 25th, 2010 | 0 comments | Posted by jasmine

What's a World Cup without a bedazzled Baby Phat soccer ball?

North Korea would like the United States to pay it $65 trillion for years of hostility [Gawker]

The Korean War started 60 years ago today. [Wikipedia]

Kimora Lee Simmons has been spreading fabulosity to South Africa. [Sowetan - thanks, Michael!]

It’s been a year since Michael Jackson (and Farrah Fawcett!) died. Cebu inmates, take it away. [YouTube]


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BABEWATCH: North Korean Footballer Jong Tae-se

June 22nd, 2010 | 11 comments | Posted by Jen

Name: Jong Tae-se

Age: 26

Hails from: Japan

Occupation: Striker for North Korea’s 2010 World Cup Team

Y’all, I’m not gonna front. I am not a fan of The Other Football. It’s not that I don’t enjoy watching a soccer match, it’s just that I don’t feel compelled to. I didn’t grow up watching soccer in Texas–soccer was the sport you played at my high school if you were too small for football, basketball, baseball, swimming and even, trust me on this one, tennis–so I’ve never bothered to learn its nuances. I realize that this is considered by most of the world to be a personality defect, and I accept that.

But you don’t need to know much about the game to be intrigued by Jong Tae-se, star striker for North Korea’s 2010 World Cup team, who got pummeled 7-0 by Portugal yesterday, which got TIME magazine wondering if the loss was “A Fatal Loss of Face?” Jong was born and plays professionally in Japan, is third-generation South Korean, but attended North Korean sponsored-schools in Japan, and has chosen to represent North Korea in its first World Cup since 1966.

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What I Learned From A Weekend Of Watching World Cup Soccer

June 14th, 2010 | 4 comments | Posted by Diana

Like I mentioned last week, I don’t know a lot about soccer–but I dig the aggro gentleman’s sport (and the gentlemen that play it) and I truly respect that it’s The World’s Game. So this weekend, when I wasn’t reading the July 2010 issue of Martha Stewart Living (it has such cute pies on the cover!), or happily booing Ron Artest at the free throw line, I was watching solid hours of sweet-ass international soccer.

Here’s what a learned:

a) Sucks to be Robert Green.


b) No, seriously. It sucks.

c) Japan fans rule.
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