World Cup Watch: The best and worst commercial tie-ins to banned biter Luis Suarez

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
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Luis Suarez World Cup watch: Zombified!


LuiszombifiedIt’s crunch time as Luis Suarez bites back against Italy.

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:

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Watch EA Sports World Cup spot: LA Galaxy and USMNT star Landon Donovan’s morning routine now that he’s not in Brazil

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.”

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World Cup fashion Statement of the Week: Zooop!

soccerclothesFirst, let me say I have no fashion sense.

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.

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In Pictures: Soccer jerseys so bad they’re good and soccer jerseys that are just plain bad

We saw both ends of the spectrum in just one week:CARIBOUSThe slightly homoerotic 1970s-era NASL Colorado Caribou get up unearthed by the Colorado Rapids this week as an April fools joke (Photo courtesy of the Colorado Rapids).

On the same day, the U.S. unveiled their new away jerseys that would be worn for the first time Wednesday against Mexico:

Landon Donovan(Associated Press Photo)

Reviews were mixed:

Ah, well. At least we’ve got the stylish (ahem) new U.S. home jerseys, right?

Watch: Preview David Beckham’s Super Bowl Spot

Former Galaxy midfielder David Beckham may be retired from the soccer field, but he’s still modeling what H&M refers to as “bodyware” in a new spot that will air Sunday during the Super Bowl.

Fans are being asked to vote on what version of the stunt-laden ad (and, yes, I’m told that no body doubles were used) will air. Voting began today here and ends at at midnight Saturday.

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