Posts Tagged ‘WORLD CUP’

The Needle: Home Court Advantage

Cheering Section: It's safe to assume the U.S. team has a louder cheering section than the Belgians today. There are only 1,448 Belgians living in the D.C. area, comprising 0.03 percent of the region's total population. So let's hope the U.S. team can hear what's happening in Freedom Plaza. +4
Darwin Award: Three men carjacked a woman waiting outside of [...]

Where to Watch U.S.-Belgium in the World Cup

The D.C. government will try to one-up the German Embassy for tomorrow's World Cup round of 16 game and host a watch party of its own. The city is partnering with D.C. United, Downtown DC BID, Events DC, and others to throw a free U.S. vs. Belgium watch party in Freedom Plaza.
The German Embassy put up the $30,000 to sponsor last [...]

The Needle: Fort NoNo

Fort GoGo: Fort Reno canceled its annual concert series this summer because of the National Park Service's new demand that they hire a U.S. Park Police officer for each concert. -6
Darwin Award Contender: A man wearing a "Trust No One" shirt robbed someone today on 14th and U Streets NW. +2

At German-Hosted World Cup Watch Party, Americans Celebrate After a Loss

Josh Coleman and three friends left Michigan at 4 a.m. today so they could catch the second half of the U.S.A vs. Germany World Cup game before they head to a wedding in the area this weekend. They made it in time for the second half, but unfortunately, were forced to check the status of the [...]

D.C. Still Loves the World Cup

The U.S. and Portugal played to a (last-second, extremely painful to watch the end of) 2-2 draw last night in Manaus, Brazil, and once again, the TV market where the match got the highest rating was D.C.
USA-Portugal posts a 9.1 overnight; DC -13.3, Columbus-12.6, NYC- 12.5, Boston- 11.5, Hartford/New Haven-11.3, Providence-11.2, ATL 11.1
— Keri Potts [...]

The Needle: Get Back Into Shape

Balancing Act: There's been a heavy backlash against the so-called yoga and gym tax. But here's a compelling argument in favor of the tax: The proposed expansion of the sales tax actually fits the current economy, which has shifted from more product-based to service-based. And even if the government decided to exempt gyms from the sales [...]

D.C. Had ESPN’s Highest Rating for the U.S.-Ghana World Cup Game

It didn't only feel like everyone in town was watching the World Cup Monday night—they actually were.
The U.S.-Ghana match in Natal, Brazil, got a higher rating in D.C. than anywhere else in the country last night, ESPN said Tuesday. A total of 11.1 million people per minute were watching the game nationwide; in D.C., the broadcast [...]

In the Eyes of the World, RFK Stadium Isn’t Soccer-Friendly?

A group from FIFA, the all-powerful and mostly shady global soccer sanctioning body, is in town this morning for a quick look-see of the local facilities as part of a national tour before deciding if the U.S. should be granted another shot at hosting a World Cup in 2018 or 2022.
Here's the itinerary for the [...]

Photo: Flying Colors

World Cup Celebration, Chinatown, July 11th. © 2010 Matt Dunn

Did That Mexican Dude Pull a Freddie Brown?

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Mexico's loss to Argentina in the World Cup had shades of the Georgetown Hoyas' loss to North Carolina in the 1982 NCAA basketball championship game. The play all fans of the losers are going to remember was a flub.
Mexican defender Ricardo Osorio dished off to [...]

Where Are You, DPR Fans?

It's not easy for the lazy to show their loyalties for North Korea during the World Cup.

And not just because the team blows (who loses by a touchdown at that level of soccer?) or because rooting for Kim Jong's boys in public around these parts will get you on all sorts of no-fly lists.

Another reason [...]

Photos: Mexico 2, France 0

Our Morning Roundup: Virginia Back In The Black Edition

Good morning, everyone. Today’s somehow supposed to be a lovely Tuesday with intermittent possibilities of rain. Doesn’t make much sense to me. I went out and bought the Facebook Effect last night–haven’t been this excited about a read since Harry Potter. This morning's photo is in honor of Twitter–the sperm whale was failing all last [...]

Photo: Vuvuzela

Vuvuzela, Dupont Circle, June 12.  © 2010 Matt Dunn

Weekend In Review: Unapologetically Nationalistic Edition

WaPo's Steven Goff called it "one of the worst gaffes in World Cup play in recent memory." The British press was far less kind. "Hand of Clod," read the headline in London's News of the World. And the Sun: "Curses! New keeper cock-up as Green gifts Yanks a point." We're speaking, of course, about England goalkeeper [...]