College runner’s first steeplechase goes just as hilariously wrong as his coach predicted it would

July 4, 2014 | No comments

University of Wisconsin cross-country and track & field athlete Neal Berman insisted on running the 3,000-meter steeplechase at last year’s Wisconsin Open, despite his coach’s opposition. Berman’s friends suspected he may struggle with the water hurdle, so they stood by with a camera rolling…

The unique, happy antics of 11 different national teams when they score in soccer

June 28, 2014 | 1 comment

One of the most distinct elements of soccer is the celebration after a goal. Unlike American football, which penalizes any coordinated team celebration, soccer seems to encourage it and each team finds its own way to celebrate its biggest plays.

This 90-second video covers 11 of the more distinct goal celebrations over the last several years…

(via TO)

A letter from the United States’ soccer coach to every boss in the country

June 26, 2014 | No comments

Yesterday, Jurgen Klinsmann posted this letter for you to customize and send to your boss…

Letter to Bosses from US Soccer Coach

There’s still time to forward this on…and hope you don’t get fired.

Soccer summed up in 10 seconds…according to snide Americans

June 23, 2014 | 14 comments

One of the reasons soccer isn’t more popular in this country is all the people who agree that this clip is the entirety of the game. It’s not, of course, but even if this were all there is to soccer, it would still be fun. Or funny, at least…

Can you guess if these bizarre names are real soccer players’ names or just made up?

June 20, 2014 | No comments

GQ sat down with John Oliver to see if he could guess whether a list of soccer players’ names were real or completely fabricated by GQ. With names like “Danny Invincible” and “Anthony Phillip David Terry Frank Donald Stanley Jerry Gordon Steven James Oatway” included in the list, guessing correctly is a surprisingly difficult task…

(The theme of some of the names is a bit PG-13…)

(via TO)

Stadium stairs built only on scaffolding wobble under the weight of World Cup crowd

June 18, 2014 | No comments

This staircase at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro doesn’t appear to be built to withstand the hordes of people who were using it on Saturday…

(via Say OMG)

Fortunately, the staircase has since been reinforced and inspected for safety.

How a deaf and blind Brazilian soccer fan watches the World Cup games

June 18, 2014 | 1 comment

Carlos really wanted to experience the world cup and cheer for his team — Brazil — but he didn’t know how he could since he’s deaf and blind. In a wonderful coincidence, before Brazil’s last game, Carlos’s friend Helio who is also a sign language interpreter thought of some ways to adapt the televised soccer experience for Carlos.

Of course, Carlos was thrilled.

So throughout the game, Carlos held Helio’s hands and traced the ball’s action on a model field on their laps, while another friend signaled fouls, ball possession, players’ numbers and more on his back…

(The video demonstrating the whole process is fascinating but a bit long. If you just want to see a couple goals, jump ahead to 9:50.)