— Nick Green (@LAsoccerblog) July 8, 2014
It was that kind of day for Brazil (and its sponsors).
Experience the collective sadness of a mortified nation here.
Notable: online sports book Bovada.lv observed today that “70% of of the betting money was on Germany to win in regulation and 75 percent was on Germany to advance to the final.”
Odds on a score of Germany winning 7-1 were not offered (who would take that)? It was 250-1 for Germany to win 6-0, though.
Finally, what’s worse than being Brazilian and seeing your nation humiliated before a worldwide audience like that? How about being Brazilian and having a whole lot of World Cup-related merchandise to shift? Sales coming soon, I presume.
Here’s Ana Imbriale of Brasil Mania in Old Torrance (her young son, wearing a Neymar jersey, declined to appear on camera):
Speaking of bad timing: who will go to this event in Carson on the eve of the World Cup final now?
Turns out the folks at Slate were too and filed a blog post complete with hilarious GIFs.
Check it out 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
The Uruguayan forward has apparently gone from the upper photo to the lower one over the course of the World Cup tournament.
Pressure will do that to you I guess — or stupidity — given his controversial actions at the World Cup today.
Pass the brains, Luis (if you have any).
The gory details of the story are here.
Want to zombify yourself? Go here.
Here’s more on the twitter reaction to the incident:
— Twitter Data (@TwitterData) June 24, 2014
It will debut before today’s U.S-Ghana World Cup game:
“We talk to Landon a lot and knew he was wholeheartedly behind his teammates in Brazil, so we got together to see if we could do something fun for his fans, the USMNT, and our game,” said Jamie McKinlay, vice president of marketing for EA SPORTS. “We were thrilled to hear that Landon was up to have a little fun at his own expense and hope fans enjoy the spot as we lead up to one of the most important games in US Soccer history.”
And yet, I have the sense not to wear one of these billed as “the ultimate World Cup wardrobe for serious soccer fans.” Seriously?
Especially for $199 apiece.
If you feel differently about this” hooded, footless, unisex ZOOOP made of soft, lightweight cotton and featuring two front pouch pockets and two side zipped pockets” good for the fearless inside or outside the home (or so it’s claimed), click here.
And good luck.