Posts Tagged ‘San Francisco

19
Nov
09

French Refuse to Surrender (For Once)

On Wednesday the French national soccer team squared off against the Irish squad in a final World Cup qualifier, at the end of the game the French had taken a highly controversial victory. It all stems from French star striker Thierry Henry’s two accidental hand-balls which enabled him to corral the ball (despite also being offsides) and pass it to William Gallas who scored the winning goal for the French side.

The refs made no calls to disallow the goal despite Henri’s admission that he did touch the ball. “I will be honest, it was a handball,” Henry said, ┬áBut I’m not the ref. I played it. The ref allowed it.”

The victory meant the French would be going to the World Cup in South Africa, and the Irish would be staying home. Obviously the Irish are LIVID and are asking FIFA, soccer’s international ruling body to allow the match to be replayed. FIFA’s initial response is not to replay the game. If FIFA allows the game to stand, Henry’s handball may live in soccer infamy, much like Diego Maradon’s famous “Hand of God” handball that beat the English in the 1986 World Cup.

Soccer season baby!

[Sky]

08
May
09

It’s a Sport if You Do it Vigorously

It is little surprise that an event like 9th annual Masturbate-a-thon is held in a city like San Francisco; anything goes there! But, at the Center for Sex and Culture on Mission Street that’s exactly what happened last weekend. Among the luminaries in attendance was World Champion Masanobu Sato (right) who flew in from Japan for the event, where he attempted to beat his own record from last year of 9 hours and 33 minutes. 9 HOURS! Yowza.

After the jump some NSFW pics from inside the event and of course, you can see the full set HERE courtesy of the SF Weekly.

[SF Weekly via With Leather]

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22
Oct
08

When A Win Isn’t A Win

Sports can often be subjective, did that receiver push off and interfere with the cornerback, or was the cornerback the interferer? Was that a strike or just off the corner? Was the defender’s feet still moving or did they get the charge? That’s why running is such a nice break sometimes. Races aren’t subjective; there’s a line, people cross it, first one across wins. Not too complicated. So it was with great surprise that I read this story from San Francisco about the Nike Women’s Marathon where NYC school teacher Arien O’Connell ran the fastest time but didn’t win the race. That’s because O’Connell wasn’t registered in the “elite” group of runners who received a 20 minute head start to avoid the jostling of the amateurs.

Meanwhile, the 5th grade teacher, who had never broken 3 hours in 7 previous marathons ran her heart out and finished in 2:55:11. However, when the awards were announced for the winners O’Connell was not among them. “They called out the third-place time and I thought, ‘I was faster than that,’ ” she said. “Then they called out the second-place time and I was faster than that. And then they called out the first-place time (3:06), and I said, ‘Heck, I’m faster than her first-place time, too.’ ”

So O’Connell went over to the scorer’s and asked to see her time, and again, she was faster by nearly 11 minutes. “They were just flabbergasted,” O’Connell said. “I don’t think it ever crossed their minds.”

Nike, the company whose name implies victory and whose slogan is “Just Do It” did the opposite. “At this point,” Nike media relations manager Tanya Lopez said Monday, “we’ve declared our winner.” Continue reading ‘When A Win Isn’t A Win’

27
Mar
08

“Barry Who? Never Heard of Him…”

The San Francisco Giants have purified their stadium and removed all images and remnants of Barry Bonds from the premises. Certainly now no one will ever associate the two together again.

As Barry slowly approaches trial for perjury it seems that the team wants no negative connotations to overwhelm what should be the worst or second worst team in all of baseball. It is not like, without Barry Bonds, that incredible stadium of theirs wouldn’t exist right? Or that the only reason that the team got any coverage in the last few years was because of Barry.

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