July 12, 2010

US news site claims Netherlands won World Cup

Filed under: Sports,Weird by Orangemaster @ 1:09 pm


Sloppy American journalism from ‘trusted’ news source CBS.

Surely this was a draft that never should have gone online, but the sloppy people at CBS news are making headlines and freaking people out with their glaring incompetence.

Read the whole sloppy story.

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July 11, 2010

Researchers pay fans to watch the World Cup final

Filed under: Health,Sports by Branko Collin @ 3:29 pm

heart_rate_monitorResearchers of the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam will be paying both Dutch and Spanish fans 150 euro a person to come over and watch the final of the 2010 World Cup football between Spain and the Netherlands at an on-campus bar tonight.

The scientists wish to find out more about stress. Subjects will be hooked up to equipment that tracks their heart rate. The fans had to show up yesterday for a pre-measurement, and have to stay for an hour and a half after the match, so it’s not all fun and games.

(Link: Telegraaf, Photo by Mike Gebbis, some rights reserved)

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July 10, 2010

“Kempes!” I shouted, and I had no idea what it meant

Filed under: Sports by Branko Collin @ 11:19 am

The last time the Dutch football team were in the World Cup final I was 10 years old and I had yet to discover the joys of watching the sport on television. I much rather went outside and played football in person with the neighbourhood children on a patch of grass that sharply declined towards the street, so that you always had to try and kick uphill, just to be sure.

Before our matches started, the other children would shout “Kempes!” For a while I thought this had something to do with determining which side got to start the game, and I shouted along, trying to gain our side an advantage, and drawing bewildered looks. Later, I learned that the kids shouting “Kempes” wanted to ‘be’ Mario Kempes, the Argentinian forward who helped beat the Netherlands in the final of that year. You always pretended to be a superstar football player, and since there could not be two of you on the pitch, you had to make sure you called your guy first, lest you ended up being Jan Jongbloed (an accomplished goal keeper, but a goal keeper nonetheless).

Mario Kempes was held to be the absolute top brand footballer that year. No other player came close in popularity (although the loser’s call was almost always “Cruyff,” even though Cruyff had refrained from playing in the Argentinian World Cup).

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July 9, 2010

Psychic parakeet picks the Netherlands to win

Filed under: Animals,Sports,Weird by Orangemaster @ 12:24 pm

Silly season (lack of newsworthy news, due to summer vacation, aka ‘komkommertijd’ (‘cucumber season’) is upon us.

And whether we like it or not (we do, of course), nothing counts more right now than the Dutch winning the World Cup football.

After Paul the Octopus from Oberhausen predicted all the German matches correctly, including their loss to Spain, Mani the psychic parakeet in Singapore has chosen the Netherlands as a winner over Spain to win the World Cup football.

“Muniyappan, Mani’s owner, has helped him predict the future for five years at a table in front of a restaurant in the Little India neighbourhood, but this year’s World Cup is the first time the parakeet has attempted to forecast the outcome of sports competitions.”

We are all dying to find out what Paul thinks, too. The rumours so far are that he has predicted Spain, but considering the lack of links and typos in those links, I’m not sure Paul has spoken at this time.

The Netherlands currently has the biggest bout of ‘oranjekoorts’ (‘orange fever’) in over 32 years. Everything everywhere from the baker to the cafe on the corner is decorated orange, worse than on Queen’s Day. Win or lose, we’ll surely be taking pictures.

UPDATE: Dutch telly has shown footage of Paul the Octopus choosing Spain.

(Link: guardian.co.uk)

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July 7, 2010

World Cup 2010 on the big screen

Filed under: Sports by Branko Collin @ 11:53 pm

The powers that be showed the Germany – Spain match on the big screen just outside the Amsterdam Zuid railway and metro station tonight. Travellers from as far as 200 metres behind me, waiting there for the bus on the viaduct, were watching. Miroslav Klose fought hard for the ball at the Spanish back line and managed to capture it, and people clapped.

Germany lost in the end. Schade, Deutschland.

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