FIFA move Qatar 2022 World Cup to winter

FIFA, the international governing body of soccer, announced yesterday that the 2022 World Cup will be a winter World Cup. The final will be played on December 18, a week before Christmas.

The World Cup in normally played over the course of 32 days in June and July, a month before European professional football clubs begin their seasons. A winter World Cup will mean these leagues have to either shut down in the middle of their seasons or allow their best players leave and play for their respective countries.  The 2022 World Cup will also need to be shortened to 28 days.

What a mess.

The 2022 World Cup can’t be played in the summer because it will be held in Qatar, smack-dab in the middle east. Daytime temperatures can reach 115 degrees in the summer. Not only is it too hot in Qatar in June and July to play soccer, it’s too hot to even watch soccer.

Qatar is a terrible place to hold a World Cup, and not just because of the oppressive heat. Qatar is governed by Sharia law. Yes, Qatar is one of those countries. Women in Qatar are treated like property. For example, if a Muslim woman has sexual relations with a non-Muslim man, the punishment is death.

Most manual labor in Qatar is done by foreigners from poor countries. Foreign workers in Qatar are treated like slaves. Upon arriving to Qatar, their passports are collected by their employers and they cannot leave until their employer say they can leave.

Qatar, like most of its geographical neighbors, is a terrible, awful place, especially for westerners or other people whose feet stand firmly in the 21st century. The idea that it would be chosen to host a World Cup is ridiculous.

Notre Dame and their butt-ugly uniforms beat Duke

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish beat the Duke Blue Devils last night in the Men’s ACC Tournament semifinal. Even though the two teams have a very similar record, Notre Dame was 28-5 and Duke was at 29-4, Duke was considered an overwhelming favorite.

I watched a few minutes of the game, so I’m more than qualified to comment on it.

It seemed like every shot by a Notre Dame player went into the basket, while every shot attempted by a Duke player did not. That may have been an optical illusion, but that’s the way it looked to me.

Speaking of how things looked, what was with the hideous looking uniforms worn by Team Catholic? I looked up the team’s colors on Ask Jeeves and Jeeves said they were wearing uniforms consisting of puke green, bronchial infection yellow, and navy blue. The uniforms were just plain ugly, especially when viewed in stunning HD.

Mike Krzyzewski
Coach Mike Krzyzewski, leader of young men.

I felt bad for Duke. I’m a huge fan of head coach Mike Krzyzewski. The man is a fantastic coach and a fine leader of young men. I appreciate how every year, he takes players from all over the country that no other NCAA team wants, and is able to form them into a team capable of taking on the college basketball powerhouses. A lesser coach would try to recruit blue-chip prospects, players that all the other elite basketball schools covet, but not Coach K.

He would rather take a nobody and turn them into a somebody. It’s the Coach K way.

James Harden suspended 1 game for attacking LeBron James’ genitals

Things got a little chippy Sunday between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Houston Rockets. The Rockets won the game in overtime, thanks in part to the play of bearded shooting guard James Harden. He scored 33 points and pulled down 8 rebounds. He also received a flagrant foul 1 for kicking LeBron James in the genitals.

Yesterday, the NBA announced that Harden is suspended one game.

This  means, among other things, that if he wants to attack a man’s genitals tonight, he’ll have to do it on his own time. He wont be able to do it in the Rockets’ game against the Atlanta Hawks. He will not be allowed to take part because his desire to attack another man’s genitals Sunday was just too uncontrollable.

I don’t know what to make of James Harden. The whole beard thing is kind of strange. He looks like someone you’d see waiting his turn for the monkey bars at an Al-Qaeda training camp. He doesn’t look like an NBA player.

Now that he has kicked LeBron James in the nuts on national TV, that’s kind of who he is. He’s the kind of guy who would kick another man in the testicles.

Derrick Rose to have knee surgery… again

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has a torn meniscus in his right knee and will undergo surgery to repair it. It’s the same exact injury he had in 2013. This was after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in 2012.

It’s unclear when he injured his knee this time. He had played well before the All-Star break, but not so much since.  He’s averaged less than 11 points a game with a 23.5 shooting percentage in the three games since the All-Star break.

Rose is 26. It’s clear at this point in his career that he has crummy knees, right?

Then again, maybe it’s something esle. He’s paid a lot of money by Adidas to wear their shoes. He even has his own line of shoes and clothing with Adidas. What if it’s not his knees that are the problem, but the shoes he’s wearing? When you hurt yourself and you don’t know how you did it or even when you did it, it just might be your shoes.

If and when Derrick Rose comes back, it might be a good idea to wear different shoes, shoes not designed by Adidas. Maybe he ought to wear Jordans. When was the last time someone blew out a knee wearing Jordans? It might be a good idea to take some of the millions Adidas has paid him to hire some lawyers to get him out of his contract with Adidas.

2015 Topps Baseball is pretty awful

I picked up a jumbo pack of 2015 Topps Baseball at Walmart the other day and it turned out to be a waste of five bucks. These cards are terrible looking. I haven’t seen such awful looking cards since the late 1990’s.

The basic base design is messy and confusing. Instead of having crisp white boarders, each card is framed with an annoying speckled pattern that is heavy at the bottom and then fades towards the top. Base cards should not have design gimmicks like this. If it has to be done, save it for variant insert cards, not the basic base cards.

Then there’s the Derek Jeter thing. Even though he finally retired at the close of last season, Topps included him in this year’s set. In fact, his card is the first card in the series, #1.

If you’re going to include him in the set, why not put him at #2? That was his uniform number.

I don’t understand why Topps has such a love affair with the New York Yankees. Don’t they understand that most baseball fans hate the Yankees?

The Birds!
The Birds!

The way fandom normally works is that people generally have a favorite team. They root for this one team above all other teams. When given a choice, they will watch this one team before they will watch any other. With me, that’s the Baltimore Orioles. Though I grew up in southern California, I’ve lived her in Maryland for 20 years. I’ve watched Orioles games since the week I visited Hagerstown to look for a place to live, in the summer of 1994.

Fans then have a number of teams they feel neutral about. They may not root for these teams, but they don’t wish them any ill will. They might watch one of their games if given the opportunity, or they might not. With me, I’m neutral on the Phillies, Pirates, Braves, Mets, Twins, White Sox, and a few others. I don’t go out of my way to watch them or root for them, but I don’t have any negative emotions towards them.

Then there are teams that you hate.  You may hate a team for one of four reasons:

  1. They are in the same division as your favorite team.
  2. They have a history with your favorite team.
  3. They have a certain type of fan base.
  4. They have a player you dislike.

I hate the New York Yankees for all four of these reasons.

Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson

I don’t think I’ve ever known a fan who was neutral on the New York Yankees. People usually either love them, or they hate them. I’ve never understood why Topps acts like everyone loves the New York Yankees. Even now, they don’t produce a #7 card out of respect to Micky Mantle. They “retired” his number. Major League Baseball has only one number that’s retired across the league. That’s Jackie Robinson’s #42. MLB retired Robinson’s number because he broke the color barrier in 1947.

Did Topps retire #42? No, they sure didn’t. This year’s set has Todd Frazier of the Cincinnati Reds as card #42. He’s a white guy with a career bating average of .258.

Someone at Topps must have looked up Jackie Robinson on Wikipedia and discovered he never played for the Yankees.

Topps should realize there are 30 teams in Major League Baseball. Not everyone is a New York Yankees fan. I hate the Yankees and I’m beginning to hate Topps.