Holy shit, Anderson Silva. UFC is such a blood sport. Gnarly bendy blood sport.
That sucked a lot and I’m super bummed, but you’re gonna watch American football and call out a freak leg injury in MMA as evidence that it’s a blood sport?
I wrote that last night after perusing Twitter and Facebook reactions to Silva’s injury. MMA is certainly not the only sport I would call blood sport. American football, hockey, boxing, MMA… we can keep going and list all the sports with violent aspects that certain audience members get off on. It’s classic cultural relativism. I’m fine with MMA just like I’m fine with fighting in hockey and hitting in football. I know there are fine grains to this, that we could go on and differentiate between the freak injuries and the consequences of acceptable conduct in whatever sport we’re talking about. That was a freak injury, but some people get a thrill out of that stuff in a bloodthirsty way and social media makes it really easy to observe and engage with that.
UFC is pretty much the only sport in the world that at least 50% of the participants are pretty much guaranteed to have some sort of gruesome injury at the end or a face that’s swollen to the size of a watermelon. I don’t think anyone would ever argue that the NFL is a safe sport and lacking in violence, and really the only safe sports that exist in the world are golf, curling, and bowling (watch out for that carpal tunnel though!)
Calling UFC a bloodsport is very accurate, because it’s the only sport you can win solely by shattering someone’s orbital bone.
12:58 pm • 29 December 2013 • 20 notes
Oh get over yourself USA.
You’re not in the group of death.
You’re not getting into the knock out round.
For some reason I couldn’t find Canada’s World Cup group….
7:03 pm • 14 December 2013 • 64 notes
Enjoying the storm with a @magichatbrewing and a Christmas tree.
5:34 pm • 14 December 2013 • 13 notes
An American’s thoughts on the USMNT’s chances in the Group of Death
After a few days of calming down, and letting my gut reactions settle, I figured I’d offer up a few semi rational thoughts on the draw from a US perspective.
1. It’s not a group of death and the USMNT, it’s a group of death partially because the USMNT is in it. The US was easily the best team in their pot. You probably couldn’t have said that the last few World Cups, and that alone is an improvement. (They’re not just the best team in the pot because Mexico is so awful right now, they’re legitimately a decent team on the World stage)
2. Germany is a top 4 team. I can’t even see Germany losing a single game in the group, and if you told me you had a time machine and Germany won this whole thing I wouldn’t be shocked. Germany should win out. That leaves 3 teams battling for 1 spot.
3. Ghana is just not as good as they have been. Michael Essien has taken a huge step back from what he once was. He was the backbone of Ghana and Chelsea for a while. They still have some quality players, but remember Ghana needed extra time to get past the US last World Cup, and this US team is better.
4. I’ve got good news, most of Portugal’s team kinda sucks. I’ve also got bad news, the part that doesn’t suck is named Ronaldo. That’s the hard part. Ronaldo can win or change a game all on his own. He can’t carry his team far enough to hoist the World Cup, but he can certainly take them out of the knockout stages.
Overall if the US can pick up at least 5 points, I think that pushes them through to the next round 4 points might even do it, especially if Portugal and Ghana drew vs each other. They can’t lose against Ghana, and they probably can’t win against Germany (a draw may be possible as Germany may want to hold back if they win their first two) So the US needs to take at least a point from Portugal. Do I think they can do it? Yes. Will they? We’ll just have to wait till the summer to find out.
My thoughts on the USMNT’s chances in Brazil.
12:26 pm • 9 December 2013 • 118 notes