My insurgent love for Huey Lewis & the News:

Nostalgia, or brain tumor? Discuss.

What I’m listening to

Standard Discussion: Futbol in the US

So the World Cup is over. Espana beats Nederland. I was going for NED because of my love for the color orange, not to mention my undying support for any country that has legalized it. (And I hear tell of a district colored by red lights, as well?) But alas, I lost whatever bet I made in my head, and therefore should be expecting a visit from my mind bookies shortly.

Anyway, like a lot of ‘Mericans, I bicycle-kicked my way up onto the bandwagon, lured in by the drone of the vuvuzelas and and excuse to drink with friends at 10:30 EST. But now those Bloody Marys and noon Guinesses have left an awful hangover. So, with American Football preseason games a good month away, I have some time to reflect and ask you fellow Standards the following Standard Discussion Question:

What will it take for Futbol–even if it’s just MLS–to take hold in the US?

I have some ideas, like setting up the cameras so they can close in on players in action, the use of instant replay, and perhaps actually stopping the clock instead of this weird, arbitrary way of adding time to the half. There also must be a better way to monetize the sport–if that sounds evil, it kind of is, but that’s the only way to get it on TV, which is the only way it would survive. In short, I hesitate to say it, but if it’s to become popular in America, it needs to be Americanized to some degree. Let the European-ness of it sneak in the back door, like a drunk Frenchman who … you know, let’s not go down that road.

My fellow fellows, please, sound off.

Octopus calls World Cup games, retires

The soothsaying invertebrate, who lives in a Berlin aquarium and correctly predicted the winning team for as many World Cup matches as he has legs, will now dump the psychic bit for some well-deserved watery relaxation.

Paul will “go into retirement and do what he likes to do best: play with his handlers and delight children who come visit to him,” Sea Life Oberhausen aquarium spokeswoman Tanja Munzig told the Associated Press.

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Sounds like what Paul does best is making gambling addicts money. Seriously, maybe the germans should just eat him.

Paul may be pretty awesome, but he’s no Lord Bodner’s Octopus:

That’s one bad-ass cephalopod!

LeBron goes to Miami

And I can officially stop giving a shit about the NBA until the last game of the finals.