The king of Saudi Arabia is paying to have a 135,000 seat stadium built in Iraq as a result of a 4-1 friendly soccer match between Saudi Arabia and Iraq that saw Iraq as the winner. The game was an upset. Saudi Arabia qualified for this summer’s World Cup in Russia. Iraq, like the United States, did not qualify for the World Cup.
The stadium once built will be the largest in the world.
What are they going to do with the stadium once it’s built? The largest soccer stadium currently in Iraq seats a 65,000.
American soccer player Megan Rapinoe criticized FIFA for including Florida State striker Deyna Castellanos in the group of three candidates for the Best FIFA Women’s Player of 2017 award. Rapinoe never heard of Castellanos before and because of that fact, didn’t deserve to be a finalist.
Rapinoe, a forward for the National Women’s Soccer League’s Seattle Reign, accused football’s governing body of belittling the women’s game, calling FIFA “old, male and stale.”
How did naming a player Rapinoe had never heard of before belittle the woman’s game? Castellanos reportedly did well at the Under-17 Women’s World Cup last year and because of that, garnered a lot of attention.
Not from Rapinoe. Supposedly she had never heard of Castellanos.
Why is it okay for Rapinoe to use the terms “old” and “male” as a pejorative?
Take it from me, people don’t choose to be old. It happens naturally as they traverse this thing we call life. Time travels in only one direction and everyone, even Rapinioe, gets older every minute.
Speaking of things people don’t choose, people don’t choose their biological sex. Being male or female is not a choice, it’s how you were born. I’m male, but I never chose to be one. It’s who I am. Condemning someone because of their biological sex is sexist and bigoted.
I think Megan Rapinoe is a bigot, and in regards to Deyna Castellanos, more than a little jealous.
When they showed up to play real football during their allotted time, they found the field already in use by neighborhood youths in a pick-up soccer game. The guys from Dropbox tried to get the pick-up players to leave the field.
One of the youths videoed part of the exchange with the Dropbox guys:
My favorite part of the video is when one of the men refusing to leave the field asks one of the Dropbox guys, in broken English, to see his papers.
The problem is that the neighborhood youths didn’t recognize the concept of reserving the field, even though there’s a sign posted at the park that clearly states permit holders have priority over non-permit holders:
The guys from Dropbox are being crucified online. They’re been portrayed as entitled, gentrifying douchebags. I don’t understand how they’re the bad guys. The people refusing to leave the field are the ones who acted entitled. They believed they had a right to something even though they hadn’t paid anything for it, while the people who paid for it, were being denied access.
Like it or not, we live in the world where things cost money. If I were Conor, the guy who paid the city of San Fransisco $27 for the permit, I’d be calling my credit card company and filing a chargeback. It seems that a link to the video is all the documentation I would need.