World Series could use a little more hatred

From a fan perspective, what’s missing from this year’s World Series matchup? Hatred, that’s what. Hardly anyone hates either the Detroit Tigers or the St. Louis Cardinals, according to an…

October 24, 2006, 12:38 PM EDT

Soccer’s a good excuse for beating up dogs

There’s junior-high-school humor at work in four TV spots that Adland has tracked down, all with the same general disturbing theme: soccer and violence against dogs. Dabitch writes, “If…

August 8, 2006, 7:55 AM EDT

World Cup soccer: little ado about nothing

With Americans deeply divided on so many issues, let us give thanks for the unifying influence of World Cup soccer: An overwhelming majority of adults in this country share…

June 28, 2006, 7:58 AM EDT

São Paulo Scores With Bus-Stop Soccer Nets

Ikea’s outdoor installations have nothing on these Guaranta Antarctica bus shelters in Brazil, created for the World Cup. Via Ads of the World.

June 9, 2006, 10:03 AM EDT

U.S. World Cup team could turn to hip-hop if this soccer thing doesn’t work out

First, let’s agree that 99 times out of 100, athletes rapping is a bad, bad idea. Exhibit A: UConn hoops player Ed Nelson. And no, we have not forgotten Shaq,…

June 9, 2006, 8:00 AM EDT

Can U2 turn Americans into soccer fans?

Since recruiting international soccer stars to the States hasn’t worked in terms of making the sport popular on a professional level here, why not recruit a world-famous rock band…

May 17, 2006, 2:40 PM EDT

Adidas shatters soccer players for new +F50 Tunit build-your-own shoe

I’ve always found soccer-shoe technology to be kind of amusing. Do the never-ending improvements to the boots really make the wearer play any better? (I guess you could ask…

April 11, 2006, 10:15 AM EDT

Only Brazil would invent urinal soccer

You can’t escape World Cup fever, particularly in São Paulo bars, where this quirky game of urinal soccer comes from. “Soccer is good everywhere, but it is much better on…

March 29, 2006, 8:34 AM EST

Trash talking in the soccer world

Watching Argentina play England in a “friendly” soccer match over the weekend, I was reminded of another great soccer rivalry, Argentina and Brazil, and of the two ads shown…

November 15, 2005, 12:36 PM EST

Soccer stars and their (nonexistent) Web sites

With the new soccer season under way in Europe, we had visions of doing a nice, breezy post about the official Web sites of the big soccer superstars. We would…

August 16, 2005, 11:52 AM EDT