I know most of us have been enjoying the World Cup with an appropriate amount of fervor, but then one psycho has to go and ruin it for the rest of us. A 27-year-old Texas man named Hector Castro has been accused of beating his 2-year-old stepdaughter to death because she wouldn’t stop crying while he was trying to watch the World Cup. It gets worse. He allegedly tried to shove a bolt down her throat to make it look like she had choked to death. The lunatic has been charged with murder and is being held on $1 million bail. I hope he gets his to the fullest extent of the law. What a tragedy. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
When Landon Donovan kicked that penalty shot in the World Cup match against Ghana on Saturday to tie up the game, I have a feeling most women in the U.S. would have swooned and dropped trough for him immediately. (Sigh, if only Ghana hadn’t scored again and won the game.) Besides being an awesome soccer player, Donovan is pretty darn good-looking. Does he remind anyone else of Jack on “Dawson’s Creek“? Anyhoo, apparently, Donovan didn’t have any problems finding paramours when he was separated from wife Bianca Kajlich and playing in the U.K. last winter. And rumor has it that a woman has told a British tabloid she is pregnant with Donovan’s baby.
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Paul is an octopus at the Sea Life Aquarium in Germany. He’s also psychic. Or at least, really freaking good at picking who is going to win World Cup matches. Aquarium workers place two boxes in front of Paul, one with the German flag and one with the flag of whoever they’re playing. Both boxes are filled with octo treats and Paul has to pick one. Using this method, he predicted Germany’s win today over Ghana. But he doesn’t always just root for the home team. Last Friday, he predicted that Serbia would beat Germany, and they did, 1-0 in a big upset. So if you’re planning to place bets on future games Germany is playing in—better wait to hear who Paul the psychic octopus picked first. I wonder if odds on his picks are 8-1? [AOL] Keep reading »
World Cup Algerian soccer player Rafik Saifi slapped a female sports reporter across the face with an open palm after his team lost to the United States earlier today. Witnesses say Saifi was walking through the interview area when he saw journalist Asma Halimi, who writes for the Algerian newspaper Competition, in the room. Without saying a word, he struck Halimi in the face; also without saying anything, Halimi responded by hitting him back. Saifi then threw a sports drink at the wall and Halimi left with security. Apparently, Saifi did not like an article Halimi had written in the past. The journalist said she intends to file an official complaint with FIFA, soccer’s governing body, as well as the Algerian team.
WTF, dude? You don’t just walk up to a journalist and hit her in the face because you don’t like an article she wrote? It’s no excuse if you were angry because you just lost a match. Seriously, you’re an adult. Grow a pair and get over it. [Um, also, go USA! -- Editor] [Yahoo Sports] Keep reading »