Read more about the party on Pine here.
We’ll start with the worst, which is this YouTube video distributed by the Girl Scouts of America to media types Friday to pump up cookie sales.
That’s right, an organization that purports to build “girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place” is exploiting a violent incident seen around the world by a racist repeat offender like Luis Suarez.
“Have you ever wondered what Girl Scout Cookies do in their off-season?” read the accompanying press release. “Girl Scout cookies are biting back and staying active in the off season with a little help from the World Cup!”
In a word: tasteless
And here’s the best, from online casino Betfair, which has a whole host of creative Suarez bets including:
What will be the nationality of the next person bitten by Luis Suarez?
- Goes Hungry (None, he won’t bite anyone ever again.) – 1/16
- Fish and Chips (English) – 18/1
- Paella (Spanish) – 18/1
- Ratatouille (French) – 20/1
- Bitterballen (Dutch) – 25/1
- Bratwurst (German) – 25/1
- Haggis (Scottish) – 25/1
- Pizza (Italian) – 25/1
- Roast Lamb (Welsh) – 33/1
- Taco (Mexican) – 50/1
- Hamburger (American) – 66/1
- Kebab (Turkish) – 66/1
- Sushi (Japanese) – 80/1
- Stroganoff (Russian) – 100/1
- Chow Mein (Chinese) – 250/1
- Vindaloo (Indian) – 500/1
I’m a sucker for World Cup ads.
Usually made on big budgets and shown around the world with slick graphics, cool music and story-telling slices of snazzy soccer served up in 60 second segments, they are little stories unto themselves.
Check out some of the best of them here.
More stats and numbers on the growth of soccer in the U.S. and the spending power of its fans are here.
The cereal promotion begins this month when boxes featuring Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez and Diamond Bar’s Alex Morgan go on sale at um, your favorite Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles outlet.
Here’s more, from the press release:
Since January, Pebbles fans of all ages have been asked to choose their allegiance to Team Fruity or Team Cocoa. Online, fans can share their support for their favorite Pebbles flavor by visiting www.TeamPebbles.com and downloading an interactive app encouraging fans to vote, take photos, and play minigames. By completing simple online challenges and sharing them through Instagram using their team’s hashtag (#TeamFruity or #TeamCocoa), fans become eligible to win prizes such as gift cards, iPads, or Alex Morgan and Omar Gonzalez signed merchandise.
Fun fact, for what it’s worth, from the press release: Omar’s Fruity Pebbles boxes will feature limited edition Kickin’ KaBluey Green flakes.
“Joining Team Fruity is a dream come true for a flavor-seeking fanatic like me,” Gonzalez is quoted as saying, apparently with a straight face. “I’m prepared to go head-to-head with Alex and Team Cocoa with the hope of helping Team Fruity take the lead as the most well-liked Pebbles flavor – even if it means going into extra time!”
Controversy over LA Galaxy sponsor Herbalife has become a recurring theme, but has reached new heights in recent weeks with government agencies seemingly stumbling over each other to investigate the company’s questionable business practices.
The below op-ed piece on the issue was written by retired local public school teacher John Fernandez, a member of the Full Rights for Immigration Coalition and a member of a group that runs a Tumblr blog called StopHerbalLIES:
It’s called the LA Galaxy x Undefeated 2014 Field Collection and is available beginning Friday at StubHub Center and Undefeated.com
Here’s more from the Galaxy press release:
Under the direction of Major League Soccer (MLS), Undefeated reinterpreted the official club logos and emblems of the LA Galaxy, working closely with the league and the club to craft a collection that displays the power and prowess the Galaxy represents and the attention to detail that Undefeated prides itself on.
The collaboration is laced with competition iconography; re-appropriating the team’s hard-won championship stars and the team’s classic shield as a symbol of on-the-field patriotism. From fleece to tees, hats and scarves, the collection pulls from the concept of the warriors through history – from early man to the martial arts, classic military markings to primeval survival insignia. Playing on themes of victory and virtue inherent in the Undefeated brand, the collaboration reflects the personal drive of the Galaxy, a team that has taken home four MLS Cup titles since 2002.