Sunday, June 8, 2014

Countdown to the Copa del Mundo - 4 Days

Wall Street Journal - "The World Cup: Continental Divide"

"The World Cup is many things—a sporting event, a spectacle, and the world's most peaceful demonstration of full-throated nationalism. It is also the fairest and most competitive global athletic competition. In the Olympic Games, huge or extremely wealthy countries dominate. But countries small and large and rich and poor have excelled at the World Cup. Feelings of national and continental identity can run even deeper."

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Dave Chappelle's Surprise Set

GQ - "Celebrate Dave Chappelle's New One-Man Show by Reliving the Funniest Night on Earth"

Questlove: "Chappelle gets up and riffs for forty-five minutes about—who's the guy with the prosthetic legs? Oscar Pistorius? Dave was talking about how Pistorius would be the least vulnerable guy in prison, because all he has to do is scrape his legs on the steel bars every night. He started making this sharpening noise, and we were just done, all of us."


Chappelle: "...But it made me laugh that Ahmir told his date he needed to go to the studio. Why didn't he bring her to the show?"

Impressionist Paintings Get Clarity in French KelOptic Ads

AdWeek - "Impressionist Classics Finally Come Into Focus in Clever Eyewear Ads"

Countdown to the Copa del Mundo - Beats By Dre - "The Game Before the Game" Ad

Thursday Night Memes

Countdown to the Copa del Mundo - The Creation of Brazuca

The Inspiration - "Inside the World Cup Soccer Balls Manufacturing Facility by Sara Farid"

Taliban Video

New York Times - "Taliban Deftly Offer Message in Video of Freed U.S. Soldier"

Shake Shack's 10th Anniversary Celebrity Chef Burgers

Monday: Daniel Boulud's The Piggie Shack
"Shack beef-blend topped with DBGB’s BBQ pulled pork, jalepeƱo mayo, Boston lettuce and mustard-vinegar slaw."

Tuesday: David Chang's Momofuku Shrimp Stack
"Shack beef-blend cheeseburger topped with smoked and griddled shrimp patty, Momofuku Hozon Sauce, Bibb lettuce, pickled onion and salted cucumber."

Wednesday: Andrew Zimmern's AZ Cabrito Butter Burger
"Goat burger with herb butter topped with roasted tomato, charred onion and sweet pickle."

Thursday: Daniel Humm's The Humm Burger
"Shack beef-blend gruyere cheeseburger topped with all-natural applewood smoked bacon, celery relish, Bibb lettuce, truffle mayo and shaved fresh black truffle."

Friday: April Bloomfield's The Breslin Burger
"Breslin beef-blend burger topped with all-natural applewood smoked bacon and Tickler English cheddar cheese sauce."

Shake Shack to Celebrate "Decade of Shack" in NYC from June 9 - 13.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Prince Made an Appearance at the French Open

USA Today - "Prince watched Rafael Nadal at the French Open while holding a scepter"
TMZ - "Prince at French Open -- Is That a Scepter or a Pimp Cane?"
Deadspin - "Prince At The French Open With A Scepter"

The San Antonio Spurs Foreign Legion

Grantland - "The Foreign Legion in San Antonio"

Quote of the Night - Glenn Greenwald

GQ - "The Man Who Knows Too Much"

"But [Hillary's] going to be the first female president, and women in America are going to be "One of the reasons I love dogs is because I think they perceive the world, things in the world, that we as humans don't perceive. I think there's something kind of just spiritual about it. They're just completely in the experience. And so many times, we as human beings remove ourselves from the present by reliving the past or worrying about the future, neither of which we can control, and we destroy our present, and we lose all the power that we have, the ability to just be. That is really what I learn from dogs. That's the thing that I would like to apprehend most about dogness."

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Countdown to the Copa del Mundo - "Shadowed by the Hand of God"

ESPN Magazine - "Shadowed by the Hand of God"
by Wright Thompson

"Here are some of Maradona's many transgressions forgiven by the people of Argentina: He drop-kicked an opponent in a game. Photographs emerged of him partying with the Napoli-based Camorra, perhaps the nastiest of the nasty Italian Mafias, just before his Napoli side may or may not have thrown Italy's Serie A championship. He tested positive for coke. An Italian prosecutor charged him with supplying cocaine to hookers. The hookers told unbelievable tales of Caligula-like orgies, fueled with cocaine and liquor. The word "fueled" appeared in a lot of stories, as did "allegedly." A Brazilian prostitute named Susy said Maradona hated condoms and loved sucking her big toe. Cops in Buenos Aires arrested him with a half-kilo of blow and he walked. He ran through four stoplights in Seville, Spain, in his Porsche. Cops chased him for a mile before he stopped. A year later, he was sent home from the 1994 World Cup for performance-enhancing drugs. He allegedly smuggled more than 3 kilos of cocaine to Rome for the Italian mob. He suffered a heart attack after an alleged overdose. He went to rehab. Photographers caught him having coked-out sex parties in rehab. After the birth of an illegitimate son, Maradona refused a relationship with the boy, even after a court ordered him to pay. "A judge has obliged me to pay support," he said at the time, "but that does not obligate me to feel love for him."

He suffered another reported coked-induced heart attack and lived. Back in Spain, blitzed on cocaine and booze, he and two prostitutes got trapped in a hotel elevator, which he kicked until his foot bled. By 2005, he weighed 266 pounds. He was 5-foot-5, which basically made him a square, or, in keeping with the theme, a bale of cocaine. And after all of this, before the last World Cup, the soccer powers in Argentina looked around for a coach, considered all options and then, of course, hired Maradona, a drug addict, to help Messi finally play well for his country. A comparison in American life is difficult, but imagine for a moment that the U.S. Olympic Committee handed Dennis Rodman a clipboard and unlimited authority and told him to take the basketball team to Rio in 2016.

In South Africa, Argentina was eliminated in the quarterfinals. Before and during the tournament, Maradona appeared palpably jealous of his young star. Messi, the greatest goal scorer in the world, didn't score a single time. His coach placed him in the midfield, charged with serving up the ball to his teammates, which is like making Peyton Manning run the triple option."