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Is the Brazil World Cup Headed for Disaster?

Prior to the 2010 World Cup, the media was obsessed with discussing whether the tournament would be a total and complete debacle. Topics ranged from the lack of quality stadiums to insufficient security. Turns out things went off without a hitch.

What’s strange, however, is that the coming tournament in Brazil gets a pass even though the country is dangerous and has a history of corruption that rivals South Africa’s.

Enter the Shin Guardian, which has an article discussing Brazil’s preparations for the tournament.

The verdict: Not good. Read more

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Fixing Hockey Day in America

Hockey’s day on NBC took place over the weekend with solid, if not spectacular ratings success.

But it could be better. It could always be better. On that front, Puck the Media’s Steve Lepore offers seven improvements he’d like to see. They all make sense to us, especially taking a page from the new March Madness format:

4. Stagger start times by 10 minutes and not five. This will just provide less confusion and more chances for everyone to see all three games. Because I was streaming Detroit/Minnesota and watching Rangers/Philadelphia, I saw very little of the Washington/Buffalo game. You stagger the start times by a little bit more, and everyone gets a chance to see a good 10 minutes of every game.

We’d add one more: Get the word out. We only stumbled on the games by accident. Can the NHL get the news on Big Macs or something?

Soccer Star: "I Regret not Kicking him Harder."

David Hirshey, HarperCollins’ executive editor who moonlights as a soccer writer, speaks with former Manchester United star Eric Cantona. In the interviews, Hirshey asks the hot-headed Frenchman about, well, being a hot-headed Frenchman (and another hot-headed Frenchman). The results, predictably, are wonderful.

DH: Is it just a coincidence that the other most famous incident of a player losing his sangfroid also involved a Frenchman? Is there something in the water in Marseille, where you and Zidane grew up, that turned you both into excitable boys?

EC:There is nothing wrong with Marseille. We both came from immigrant families who worked very hard so we could play football. Marseille gave us a good education about life.

DH: Have you ever talked to Zizou about his head-butt in the 2006 World Cup final?

EC: No, we don’t speak about these things. He’s younger than me, so I have not spent much time with him. I think the craziest thing he did in the World Cup final was the way he took the penalty kick. That is what I prefer to remember, not the head-butt.

DH: Zidane has since said that he’s sorry for his cheap shot. Do you have any regrets about what you did at Selhurst Park?

EC: Yes, I regret not kicking him harder. We are not all saints. I know there are some players who take their image very seriously.

Cincinnati Reds Pitcher Mario Soto Was No Fan Of Jay Mariotti

Deadspin dug up an interesting excerpt from Gene Wojciechowski‘s 1990 book, Pond Scum and Vultures: America’s Sportswriters Talk About Their Glamorous Profession on Jay Mariotti.

“Reporters sometimes report things that baseball types would rather not read… Jay Mariotti discovered this very thing shortly after he began writing columns for the Cincinnati Post in 1985. Reds pitcher Mario Soto had unleashed one of his legendary temper tantrums after a poor outing and Mariotti, unimpressed, wrote that Soto was hurting the team with his outbursts and that the tantrums were childish and unnecessary.

Under normal circumstances, Mariotti would have visited the Reds clubhouse the next day to allow Soto the chance to argue the point. But this time Mariotti was dispatched to cover a golf tournament and couldn’t get back until the following week.

Meanwhile, Soto refused to talk to reporters “until I get a chance to talk to that fucking Mariotti.” Early the next week, Mariotti arrived at Riverfront Stadium to see Soto, only to be greeted by players and shouts.

“Whoo, this is going to get good,” said Reds manager Pete Rose as Mariotti walked by. Read more

ESPN Spotlights College Coaches In New Commercial

ESPN rolled out a new commercial for their “It’s Not Crazy, It’s Sports” campaign, featuring 27 college basketball coaches.

I wonder if Harvey Updyke will headline the next commercial spot … too soon?

[H/T Fang's Bites]