Thursday, June 10, 2010

World Cup 103: The Final Predictions

By Deb Borges

The opening match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup is less than 24 hours away. South Africa is about to make history as the first African nation to be the host of the world’s biggest tournament. Fans have been arriving by the thousands, the atmosphere in Cape Town and Johannesburg can only be described as electric.

It’s finally here.

The opening match between South Africa and Mexico will take place at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg. It will be aired live on ESPN at 10 a.m. on Friday, followed by Uruguay vs. France at 2:30 p.m.

Over the last few weeks I’ve tried to wet your appetites with the first two parts of my preview of the tournament. It’s time for me to lay it all out there and tell you who will advance and why, ending with the final destination of the Cup.

Friday, June 4, 2010

World Cup 102: Breaking Down The Groups, Players

By Deb Borges

We're just a week away.

On June 11 the 2010 World Cup in South Africa kicks off, with 32 teams vying for the most important trophy in global competition.

Will Italy repeat its brilliance from 2006? Can Brazil add a record sixth world title? Is this the year Germany re-establishes its dominance? Or will a legendary futbol-playing nation like Argentina finally get back to the glory days of yesteryear? Perhaps it's finally Spain's turn, or England's opportunity, or Portugal's moment to shine? What about the upstart United States, a team filled with talent but short on traditional success?

Or will it be someone else, a team as of yet unheralded on the world stage?

All of this will be answered over the next month or so.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

At Long Last, The Definitive World Cup 2010 Preview Is Here!

By Deb Borges

The following is "World Cup 101," the first installment of a three-part series on the 2010 World Cup. In Part I, we'll have some fun. I'll introduce you to the tournament and what to expect. Then, in the days leading up to the matches in South Africa I will break down the groups and, ultimately, tell you who's taking the trophy home.

World Cup 101: "Hello World"

Attention all fellow diehard American football fanatics: Yes it’s true, there is a sporting event that’s bigger and more popular than the Super Bowl. It’s called the Fédération Internationale de Football Association World Cup. The time has come for you to be educated about the sport those around the world hold dear as the real game of football.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Confessions Of Lingerie Footballer, Part II: 'Bra Support'

By Kiera Massette

Just the name “Lingerie Football League” is catchy, isn’t it? Even if the only word most people hear is ‘lingerie,’ I still got your attention. Well, I guess that’s the idea. Ingenious marketing I call it. Who knew it would get such widely mixed reactions?

Season 2 is barely upon us, more expansion teams have been formed, and already the critics and skeptics have started their rants. One Maryland-based newspaper critic calls the League, "... A crass exploitation of women for the amusement of men.” Hmmm ... exploitation? Well, we’re not strippers or porn stars (nothing against either/or ... you go girls, it’s just not for me) and we aren’t exactly playing powder-puff football. But some of the reactions the league, as well as some of us individual players, have gotten hasn’t been all too supportive lately.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Confessions Of Lingerie Footballer (Part I of hopefully many!)

By Kiera Massette

I did not know what to expect at all after being invited to training camp for the New York Majesty of the Lingerie Football League last spring.

I arrived at the hotel rather late at night after a long drive into the Middle-Of-Nowhere, Penn., and awkwardly walked into a room of girls that looked at me as if I had a third eye on my forehead. I was the rookie. It wasn't the greatest feeling.