The First Fists Open Up Friday Linkage

Three-fourths of the First Family hard at play on the Gulf Coast:

“What coast?  GULF COAST!”

The other fourth? She’s probably too busy focusing on her future presidency (a preview here) and has no time for such trivialities as putt-putt.

Here are the week’s links:


Residents of Sac-town, hide your kids, hide your wife, there are zebras on the loose… Mark Driscoll’s helpful  thoughts on Anne Rice’s departure from the shores of Christianity…  You gotta use Starbucks’ designated size names (Tall, Grande, Venti) or face getting the boot like this prof did…  Ann Coulter?  She’s complicated…  Chicharito made his Man U home debut last Monday and was greeted with “rapturous applause”… A Houston teenager is slain by a tag team consisting of a permanent resident and an undocumented alien, her uncle “would like to see what they’re doing in Arizona done here” so clearly, he must clearly be a racist…This week’s entry into the “Best Illustration of Romans 1:21-24”  sweepstakes.  A contest which unfortunately we have all submitted an entry to…

The Ubiquitous Chicharito Tops Friday Linkage

Mexico’s rising star and child of promise, Javier “Chicharito” (Little Pea) Hernandez is everywhere. Scoring goals against the World Champs in Azteca, off his face against Chelsea in the FA Community Shield Cup; gracing the front page of the Daily Mail’s football section under “Premier League Podcast” (below, second from left), and last but certainly not least residing in the lung of a senior citizen.

The kid hasn’t played one game in the EPL and he’s put up next to League stars Fàbregas, Lampard and Gerrard. Hope the pressure doesn’t crush our beloved little pea…

and here is the smorgasbord that is, Friday Linkage:

The ‘Stros kind of get some overseas love, and yes she broke up with him but not over him letting her get hit by the foul ball...  The Faith of Katy Perry and the eventual fate of Katy Perry’s music…Yep, I’m one of these 40%ers Here’s a column titled, “America’s Biggest Jobs Program — the U.S. Military”, written by, wait for it, a Berkeley prof. Maybe not quite the inspiration for Gibby’s “eliminating the Pentagon” blast but… Apparently Jennifer Aniston drew the ire of former Inside Edition luminary Bill O’Reilly by believing it to be a good idea to drive a car with your feet. And oh by the way, Aniston paid it forward Puritan anchor babies, need I say more? Finally, we are less than a month away from seeing these boys (below) in action. #81 there to the right is all-around great guy Sam Acho, here’s a great story about him…

[Photo credit: Peter Read Miller/Sports Illustrated]

Little Pea Makes the Jump to Old Trafford

Given Gio dos Santos less than stellar stay in English football and Carlos Vela’s pine-riding tenure at Arsenal, I’m developing a wait-and-see attitude towards Manchester United’s surprise signing of emerging Mexican striker Javier “El Chicharito” Hernandez.

For some reason the English game has not treated my countrymen well, though naturalized Mexican, Guille Franco, has found some success with West Ham.

That said, hopefully Chicharito (little pea) will have a meaningful impact at Old Trafford. He has had a torrid season with his current club, Chivas and has bedazzled while donning our country’s colors.

In a recent piece in the Telegraph, Chicharito expressed his feelings regarding the signing,

“I got goose-bumps when I realized I would be joining Manchester United. These are the things you dream about. I longed for a move to Europe when I was a kid watching lots of football on tv.”

He also made some comments comparing English football and Mexican football,

“Football in England is more developed than it is in Mexico and the culture of the country means that the football is more about playing fair and honestly. Everyone is doing their best to make sure you get good football on the pitch. I like that.”

While he may take some heat from our countrymen for these comments, I couldn’t agree more. I have watched more Mexican fútbol in my lifetime than I have EPL but it is clearly evident that the flopping endemic in the former is frowned up on in the latter, as it should be.

As an aside, someting in the article rubbed me the wrong way,

Hernandez speaks good English and studies for a degree in business administration in his spare time, so there were no issues with his character.

So let me get this straight, the marks of a good character are:

1) The ability to speak “good English”
2) Acquiring a degree

Huh?

Maybe “character” has a different meaning in the UK than it does here in the States.

Lawsuits Need Sponsors Like the Planet Needs Saving

Why not? NASCAR cars are covered with sponsor stickers. For a cool $15 mill or so you can take the place of honor on the car’s hood.

AIG is paying nearly that much per year so their logo can flit around the pitch on 11 shirts every time Manchester United plays.

It’s high time that lawsuits, bastions of American democracy that they are, also be beneficiaries of lucrative sponsor money.

For example, Erin Brockovich’s suit against Pacific Gas and Electric could have been brought to us by Maidenform or Wonderbra. At least that’s the direction the movie (starring Julia Roberts) seemed to steer us toward.

Photo credit:  © 2000 – Universal Pictures, Inc.

A group of Hurricane Katrina survivors are suing Shell, ExxonMobile, BP and Chevron, among others for emitting greenhouse gases and thus supposedly “helping fuel global warming” and “boosting” said hurricane.

The sponsor for this suit should be the “weather is not climate” crowd who seizes upon every opportunity to point out that a heat wave or a particularly devastating hurricane is the result of anthropogenic global warming.

Yet, when the East Coast experiences severe blizzards and record snowfall, their Orwellian chant, “Weather and climate are not the same thing, two legs bad!” can be heard emanating from the lofty spires of their world of make-believe.

A world replete with flowers and bells and leprechauns. And magic frogs with funny little hats who cavort with Al “the magical man” Gore from Happy Land who lives carbon neutrally in a gumdrop house on lollipop lane.

Can’t have it both ways, hopefully the judge overseeing the Katrina lawsuit recognizes that.

What’s next, Haitians suing the Copenhagen summit for their inaction causing the earthquake that ravaged their nation?

John Terry Delivers Championship to Manchester United

People that aren’t fans of soccer/fútbol are puzzled how a typically low-scoring affair can be exciting. Those of us who were bottle-fed the sport find it hard to to explain to them how a 1-1 (or even 0-0, blasphemy!) can be terribly thrilling.

The penalty shootout is another one of those things in soccer/fútbol which non-fans don’t really understand and dismiss it outright. For my money there is no better way to decide a tight contest. Can you imagine an NBA game which goes to 2 overtimes and instead of going into a third, the outcome is decided on free throws? Maybe I should write to David Stern…

Though I did not watch yesterday’s dramatic Champions League final between Manchester United and Chelsea though I tried to keep up with it via ESPN’s Gamecast. The match went into a shootout after the teams were knotted up 1-1 after the requisite 2 overtimes.

With a chance to clinch the game for his side, Chelsea captain John Terry (below) missed his penalty shot as he slipped on the wet surface. The shootout went into sudden death shootout and Man U em, manned up and took La Champions.

Eurosport

The Daily Mail has some great pictures, check ’em out here,
Triumphant return for United as heroes head home with European trophy

They also reported on the match’s other matchup, between Nike (which sponsors Man U) and Adidas (who makes the Chelsea kit),
Europe’s great marketing war is fought out in the boot camps