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When Psy Met Ryu – And Tommy

2 May

Send In the ClownsSteve Dilbeck puts Tommy Lasorda – no stranger to clowning himself – supposedly dissing Psy into its proper context.

It was part spectacle, part marketing scheme, and partly like being in someone’s bad music video. Only on a baseball field.

If that picture is slightly hard to fathom, then you clearly are unfamiliar with the phenomenon that is Psy. Those crafty Dodgers marketing types, however, are well versed in the “Gangnam Style” star’s international dancing and singing fame.

Which is why it was arranged for Psy to meet Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, their common bond being — they are both from South Korea. Hey, whatever works.

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Ban Football, Still

24 Mar

Jeff Fisher, Roger GoodellI haven’t changed my mind about football.

Owners can rewrite the rulebook from scratch if it so amuses them. It’s just not worth the cathartic thrill of a “hit”, or even the mathematical precision of a deep pass, to know that these “warriors”, really just abused employees who are the fortunate contingent of a larger army of kids with broken dreams and brains who never get to the show, will become drooling, impoverished slabs of meat. The scum who make money from misery will disown them.

Concussions for young men are the price of our love for football, as broken hearts are what we pay for young love.

Indeed, part of boxing’s decline may well be because football has exceeded its display for blood lust. When George Bellows was painting those graphically gruesome boxing paintings a century ago, he noted that the “atmosphere” around the ring was “more immoral” than the brutality within it.

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North Koreans Show Monster Love for Soccer, Japan

17 Nov

Japan's Soccer Team Arrives in PyongyangNow, this is how real Koreans treat those Japanese imperialists. Generations after the end of WW2, Is this report even confirmed? Seriously this has to be a prime example of how sports will not foster world peace.

When the Japanese national football team, Samurai Blue, arrived in Pyongyang on November 14th for their first match there in 22 years, its players’ snacks were confiscated. Mobile phones and laptops were banned. And the team was delayed from entering the country for four hours, depriving it of valuable prematch training time. Guards chastised them from laughing and scolded one player for daring to lean against a wall, according to the Japanese media.

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