Morning Link Dump - 05/10/10
Obligatory Sports Babe
I totally hinted last week that there was a pretty good chance I’d keep using pictures from Umbro’s new World Cup jersey campaign, featuring a number of WAGs, here in this space. And damned if I don’t know myself too well. But can you really complain about Brazil keeper Julio Cesar’s wife Susana Werner here? I should hope not.
I’m Sure It Doesn’t Quite Make Up For Nearly Three Decades of Wrongful Imprisonment, But…
“This is the greatest day of my life, and it's pure joy; I have no hate for anyone," said 52-year-old Cleveland native Ray Towler, recently released from prison after serving 29 years for rape, after DNA evidence cleared him of the Crime. "I suppose hoping to see LeBron play in person is too much to ask, but at least I can watch the games from outside the barbed wire. I get to start a new life, and the Cavs are going to win the championship. It doesn't get much better than that," he added. And Cavs management were listening, according to Cleveland Scene. They gave him courtside tickets for their next home playoff game.
Best. World Cup. Ever.
“Arguably, the soccer World Cup is to the sex industry what the holiday season is to candy shops. A temporary surge of excited people feeling collectively festive, willing to pay for a bit of extra indulgence,” reports Global Post. “South Africa's Drug Central Authority estimates 40,000 sex workers will trickle in for the event from as far as Russia, the Congo and Nigeria to cater to the wide taste spectrum of some 400,000, mostly male, visitors and their apres-soccer needs.”
Exactly How Boring Is Twins Baseball?
“One of the unexpected surprises of the Twins' new outdoor digs at Target Field has been the spontaneous adoption of a new mascot: An American Kestrel that loves to perch on the right foul pole and catch snacks in the stadium lights,” explains City Pages. “During the otherwise lackluster game against the Orioles yesterday, the Kestrel provided a welcome distraction for fans as well as announcers as they watched the bird catch and consume a giant moth.” Oooh, and they have the video!
A couple months ago the CBC Archives posted a great late-70s Peter Gzowski interview with Hunter S. Thompson, where the Doctor discusses, among other things, the freedom that comes with sports writing, and the proto-blog that was his Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ‘72.
“Male Mets fans were 43% more likely than Yankees fans to drink beer,” say the results of an interesting study on the differences between the two fan bases, according to the Wall Street Journal. “They also drink more in general: the percentage of male Yankees fans who said they don't drink was almost double that of their Mets counterparts (30% to 16%).”
Pension Plan Puppets examines one of last Friday’s big Twitter trends, and runs down their favourite #NHLSexActs.
Blueshirt Banter takes a look at the upcoming renovation of Madison Square Garden, which… wait. Bridges?
Best. Sword. Ever.
Here’s another in an odd spate of recent sports-related posts from Andrew Sullivan’s blog for The Atlantic—and yes, I’m counting ads for ridiculously awesome swords as being sports-related.
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