They won the league! In one of the all-time great stories in sports, minnows Leicester City football club went from generally unknown and on the verge of relegation to Premier League champions in the span of one season. The Foxes took a team on a budget and cashed in with big paydays for winning the League and qualifying for the UEFA Champions League. Not to mention they’ll probably make a couple of extra dollars from merchandise and ticket sales.
So just how crazy was Leicester City’s championship season? We have a handy infographic to explain how they stack up to the competition.
This is going to be a fairly quick set of the Sunday links as we’re gearing up for E3 2015. This year’s edition of E3 will have seven on-site press conferences along with Nintendo’s video conference. In addition to the usual five (EA, Ubi, Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo), there will be appearances by Bethesda and Square Enix along with a Tuesday night show focusing on just PC games for some reason. We’ll have coverage all week.
Anyway, it’s time for the links. Since she once appeared at the Video Game Awards, let’s start with Jessica Alba.
There’s a federal election this fall but don’t tell Justin Trudeau. His Liberals are slumping this year. (CBC)
Gawker and Hulk Hogan are set to square off in a $100 million battle over the newsworthiness of Hogan’s sex tape. It’s not about smut but freedom of the press. (Fortune)
Benny Johnson is back writing on the internet after being outed as a plagiarist. His comeback profile in the Washington Post was written by a friend of his. (Gawker)
It’s the end of the week which means it’s time for some links. This week will be pretty interesting because I’m planning to debut an IndyCar column this week. It’ll be along the lines of the F1 recap columns and hopefully you enjoy it as much as the F1 column. Along with that, we should have a couple of video game posts. Not sure what else we’ll have this week but we’ll figure it out.
For now, let’s start out with Gracie Carvalho.
You may know Matt Ufford from Kissing Suzy Kolber or SB Nation but before he became a prominent blogger, he was a US Marine. For the ten-year anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, Ufford writes about his experience as a member of the first wave of Marines in the invasion and the lasting effect it had on him and his men. (GQ)
Now that the Steubenville rape case has been settled, it’s time to turn our attention to a similar case in Torrington, Connecticut, where people seem far more against the victim than in Steubenville. We need Anonymous to get some attention on this case and repay the victim bullying. (The Register Citizen)
Some say that now is the best time in history for access to news and information. However, local news is suffering because of free and open access to news on the internet. (The Atlantic) If free access to news would but an embarrassment of a newspaper like The Sault Star or a glorified press release aggregator like Soo Today out of business, I’m all for it.
As I was going through possible choices to lead off today’s linkdump, I realized that I hadn’t featured a Canadian Olympian. So let’s kick this post off with Canadian heptathlete and hurdler Jessica Zelinka.
Good news! No, great news! The Curiosity rover landed safely on Mars! (io9) So can we send a man to Mars soon?
Mitt Romney has a plan to cut taxes. Actually, no, he doesn’t have a plan. He just says he’ll cut taxes. He has no idea what he’s doing or will do. (Bloomberg)
Not to dwell or anything but the Canadian women’s national team got royally hosed by an incompetent Norwegian official in the Olympic semi-final against the US. (Toronto Star)
After the jump, more on the soccer controversy, interesting Olympic stories and a Batman version of Call Me Maybe. Continue reading
It’s been a while so let’s kick off with Charlize Theron.
Ever wonder how the PlayStation’s controller got its unique design? Here’s the story from the man who came up with it. (1Up)
Last week, I mentioned that ESPN personality Jay Mariotti was arrested. Well, turns out that some folks are fairly happy with this new development. (Sports by Brooks)
Toronto FC’s video editing crew wasn’t impressed with Deportivo Arabe Unido in TFC’s last CONCACAF Champions League game. That’s why they put together this hilarious montage of DAU divers. (24th Minute)
After the jump, Larissa Riqelme’s new job, Glenn Beck’s latest fail and Russians plus vodka equals YouTube greatness. Continue reading
To celebrate the end of Comic Con, here’s my highlight of the convention, Blake Lively.
By the by, you can get all of Jackie’s coverage of this year’s Comic Con by clicking here.
I hope that Japan wins the bid for the 2022 World Cup. They’re promising games shown with life-size holograms. (Gizmodo) See, you’d be wasting your money on a 3D TV. Just wait another dozen years before you plunk down your cash.
The only thing better than life-size holographic soccer will be spectacular Icelandic soccer celebrations recreated by life-size holograms. (Deadspin)
Remember that list last week of the best ballpark food at each stadium? Well, you may want to consult this list of health code violations at North American stadiums before going to the concession stands. (ESPN)
After the jump, softball on TV, scads of video game links, and the ultimate Ultimate Frisbee catch. Continue reading
One game to rule the world. Spain and the Netherlands played to stand a top the world of soccer for the first time. The Netherands have missed out on two previous opportunities to win the title. Spain, the defending European champions, were in their first final at a World Cup. But only one team could raise FIFA World Cup Trophy. Continue reading
The sixty-third game of the 2010 World Cup may have technically been for third place in the tournament but having come so close to the title, that wasn’t the real motivator for Germany and Uruguay. This match was solely for pride. One last game and one last chance to end the tournament as a winner. After a month of pouring your heart out, pride will be all that you have left to go with the bumps and bruises. Continue reading
Three teams remain in the 2010 World Cup. The Netherlands are already through to the final. The other two teams battled in the second semi-final today. Spain came in as a popular favourite following a breakthrough triumph at Euro 2008 following years of underachieving. Germany is one of the winningest counties in soccer history and has established itself as the best team in this tournament. But only one team can have a shot at glory. Continue reading
The fourth day of the World Cup saw two of the real contenders open their tournaments. The Netherlands and Italy were both in action for the first time this World Cup against glorified warm-up opponents. The other match of the day saw Japan and Cameroon battle for an early advantage in the race for second place in Group E. Continue reading