It’s no secret that because of our time in Washington, my wife and I became pretty big fans of The MLS. I was wooed to the red and black colours of DC United and my wife pledged here allegiance to the Rose city and the Portland Timbers.
Now being in Canada, and more precisely the MLS wasteland of Alberta it’s pretty rare to come across news of the league.
So it came as a major shock that Toronto FC (TFC for short) signed English International and Tottenham legend Jermain Dafoe. As much as this great commercial (and campaign) plays on English football stigmas and people’s reactions, I pretty much had the exact same reaction… but replace coffee with a series of expletives.
So besides being a brilliant commercial campaign, the signing of Jermain Dafoe is a huge coup. But it’s hard to explain to the average Canadian who probably only knows of Wayne Rooney and David Beckham’s sexy underwear, so here’s my best description.
This would be the equivalent of Jarome Iginla signing with a HC Davos of the Swiss Elite league. It’s basically a once dominate legend, yet still in the tail end of his prime, who played his whole career for a team which has never really been considered in the upper echelon circles, choosing to continue their career in a foreign league. Now, I’m obviously taking some liberaties with my metaphor, but it’s very similar.
So yes, Jermain Dafoe joining Toronto FC is a bloody big deal and the marketing department at MLSE nailed it.
As much as I’ve championed my unhealthy obsession with everything World Cup over the past week and a half, if you are any sort of fan of the beautiful game you really need to spend sometime with the people from Vanguard and their new documentary Soccer’s Lost Boys.
This expectational little feature examines the disturbing growth of the black market trade of young African Soccer players. Where 12 year old kids are sold like hockey cards and crocked agents swindle the improvised parents of these kids for all their money, only to abandon them illegally in some of Europe’s largest metropolitan centres. Forcing many into a life of drug pushing and male prostitution just to survive.
So while everyone’s screaming madly about the world cup and the glory it brings, not everything is Sparkles and Sunshine in the world of futball.
And by the way, if you haven’t familiarized yourself with Vanguard, do yourself a favour and check out their impressive list of features.
First – I’ve mentioned this before, but Navin Vaswani’s Stealing Home is easily one of the most entertaining features to appear in the Globe and Mail. But the last article regarding Doc Holiday’s perfect game is a really interesting piece on routing for an ex-player, if only for the comment that more people have orbited the moon than thrown a perfect game.
Second – I’m sorry, but is Kate Hudson the new Paris Hilton? First she infected Owen Wilson and then A-rod (which I’m openly comfortable with), but now it looks like she has her man-eater eyes set on the lead singer of Muse. Oh say it ain’t so
Third – Kevin Costner Likes this
Favorite – David Beckham Doesn’t Like This
Fifth – These are the companies in your Neighbourhood.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve become more and more involved with iPhone App development. Obviously, I haven’t reached the plateau of actually launching my own iPhone app, but through the dev camps and the launch of yycapps.com, I’ve been trying to get involved with the community and help out. (And as a disclaimer I’ve also invested in the iPhoenix Fund – the company behind this next app)
One of the latest apps to make it big out of Calgary is the game Sigma from bigstackstudios. As of today, Sigma now sits 16ht and 17th in the Canadian and US apps stores respectively.
While, I could go on about how awesome it is, you should read the new review on yycApps about sigma, which includes a cameo from my wife.
Sixth – Nintendo made some noise at E3 this past week, with news that it’s releasing some interesting games this year. So… Do you think if I purchase the Mario Volleyball/Hockey game, I think I might be able to smuggle in The new Zelda game under the radar?
I think it’ll work.
Eighth – This link comes via, the always entertaining, Mr. Arnott – Comic Sans’ open rebuttal to all it’s haters
When people need to kick back, have fun, and party, I will be there, unlike your pathetic fonts. While Gotham is at the science fair, I’m banging the prom queen behind the woodshop. While Avenir is practicing the clarinet, I’m shredding “Reign In Blood” on my double-necked Stratocaster. While Univers is refilling his allergy prescriptions, I’m racing my tricked-out, nitrous-laden Honda Civic against Tokyo gangsters who’ll kill me if I don’t cross the finish line first. I am a sans serif Superman and my only kryptonite is pretentious buzzkills like you.
Ninth – So many naughty girl comments… so little time. Two Dutch MiniDress Girls arrested in Johannesburg for their part in a Guerrilla marketing campaign at the world cup.
Tenth – I purchased this shirt and I really think you should too.
Elventh – This is All I have...
Alright, I’m not particularly fond of the Welsh. Mainly because I once had a sadistic Welshman as a prof who was completely incomprehensible and constantly smelt like the bog; but Welsh stand-up comic Rhod Gilbert (The Luggage Guy from my previous post) has had me skiting for the past few days.
The combination of his accent and his delivery are pure genius. He’s no Tracey Morgen, but he’s fahking close. Check out the second part of his stick at the Comedy Store on You Tube or just absorb the Third part of his show below.
Warning: It starts off talking about sex shops – therefore it’s probably NSFW.
First – The Foo-est Nerd in the world slams Paris Hilton. Long live Dave Grohl.
Second – ... And then Vince admits that he’s in love with her.
Third – The big news in the world of English Premier Football is that the oddly eccentric and brilliant manager José Mário dos Santos Mourinho Félix (or the Special One for short) has walked away from Chelski. Stylish, hilarious and the possibly the best manager in the game – I would hate to be a Chelsea F.C. supporter right now.
Young players are a little bit like melons. Only when you open and taste the melon are you 100 percent sure that the melon is good. Sometimes you have beautiful melons but they don’t taste very good and some other melons are a bit ugly and when you open them, the taste is fantastic. – The Special One
Fourth – Can’t go wrong with a bright blue Twitter Shirt.
Fifth – Looks like poor George has bailed of his bike. I’ll admit that that Hour is totally a Canadian comfort that I missed dearly in Ireland. Hopefully this doesn’t mess up the new season.
Sixth – The most pointless addition to any lyrics web site. (thnx kottke.org)
Eight – American Apparel Models Freed in Midnight Raid – Priceless! (thanxs D.A.)
Nine – For the record. Yes, I am back home in Calgary.
Another episode of the laaaaame ctoverdrive video blogging series.
Actually I’m pretty proud of this one. For the record it was a mighty fine delicious breakfast.
First – How in god’s name does one exchange a Rocket Launcher for Reeboxs! Secondly why Reeboxs, were they out of new balance or L.A. Gear?
For the record that was not house music.
Fourth – A glance into the Moleskin notebooks of some of the world’s most influential thinkers.
Fifth – I seriosuly have to lay of the peytoe, because what the fuck is this flickr group about? Is this cat’s on acid? Motha Fuck.
Sixth – A long with the Flames, every hockey team will be realsing new tight fitting Reebox jerseys. Some jerseys won’t be changing by much and others like the new Senators Jersey are in for a major overhaul.
So anyways it would be fun to imagine how that conversation went, because somewhere along the line, for some reason I cannot even begin to wrap my head around, someone decided that a good marketing campaign would center around a soda that tastes like a mouthful of Starburst-flavored condoms.
Eight – More Foo Fighter Flickr goodness
As mentioned in a previous post, one of the big stories in town is Sutherland AFC’s ascension to the English Premier League and Roy Keane’s first Premier League match as a head coach.
The most comparable explanation I can think of is the sort of vibe around town is very similar to what it was like when Sutter took over the Flames at the start of the 03-04 season. Keane has a no bullshit/work your ass off approach very similar to Sutter and a very similar death stare.
With the help of an Irish/Sunderland legend Neil Quinn the Sunderland team has become the defacto Irish team in the Premier league. Something like nine of the top players are of Irish decent. In response to the increased interest in the team across the country Ryan air has actually opened up a couple of extra flights from Irish destinations to NewCastle (Home of the Sunderland FC), while the Irish Times has now dedicated a section of their sports section solely to the Sunderland Team. It’s a very strange and exciting at the same time. (As you can see my allegiance to English Football Teams is about as strong as three year olds’ attention span)
Last Saturday Sunderland opened the English Premier season with a dirty win against one of the top five teams in the league Tottenham. I went down to the Rob Roy, which is a huge Roy Keane hang out. Most of the walls were adorned with Roy Keane memorabilia and the place was packed with people eager to see how Keane’s first match would turn out.
Needless to say Sunderland has already stumped much of the British pundits with one win and a tie against Birmingham City, with a rag-tag crew of mediocre players. But things are looking up as the club is already in the hunt for a couple more players and with the ground swell of support is looking to make a decent dent in the Premier league.