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C.T.OVERDRIVE: The 2006 World Cup Connor Turner Overdrive | c.t.overdrive

The 2006 World Cup

Random Thoughts For Lack Luster Coverage of the Euro Cup Friday June 13, 2008

So If you know anything about the ol’overdrive, you’ll know I love International Football. I’m not a huge club fan, but I absolutely love International Football. Whenever the World Cup or Euro Cup rolls around I virtual shut down and get lost in the entire tournament.

This year I haven’t even looked at the sports pages. Which in truth is lucky for Munchkin, as she has two years to ease into the madness that is this International Football Machine. And the reason – Zero of my golden Triangle of teams are worth watching for this year’s Euro Cup. England’s out. Ireland’s out. And with Portugal riding on that puffter Christiano Ronaldo, I can’t even stomach watching a game. Bring me back Luis Figo damnit!

So I’ve your wondering why the site isn’t plastered with English Flags, that’s the reason.

First – This is exciting T-shirt Nerd News, but GoMedia & Design By Humans have achieved the unimaginable, the unachievable, the holy grail of T-Shirt Printing.

They’ve released The Bold is Beautiful T-Shirt.

Silk Screening is such a complicated process of laying layers of color on fabric, that to achieve that many colors on one T-shirt is absolutely phenomenal.

Second – Writers (or Copy Writers) of the world, here’s a bunch of reasons why you should be on twitter. (from the guys at StaleLife)

I’m looking directly at you Nathan & Lou Ducharme!

Third – So I missed this yet again this year, but FastForward has released it’s Best of Calgary 2008. I’m not making nay comments on this year’s picks. I’m not even going to comment on the whole sexiest Female Category this year as that might stir up more Tara McCool vs. Astrid Kuhn emails.

Fourth – Sled Island’s Full line-up has been announce. The big non-Mewata show to keep in mind is Thursday Night’s concert with the Cryptomaniacs.

Via la Cryptomaniacs!

Fifth – My World of World of WarCraft Character would be a half-Irish/Half-English thick rimmed Glasses Geek who plays Lego Indiana Jones either that or a second rate page six model. (via. laughingsquid)

Sixth – Ha! Segway’s Suck. (via. The Twitterfeed)

Seventh – Good God Canada! What is with our national cultural icons nowadays! It looks like CityTV has shut down speakers corner. All I can say is Boourns! This is the single worst PR move since the CBC lost the HNiC theme song. (via. ambermac)

Eight – Important reading for anyone who resides on the internet in Canada or has any stake in Digital Music. (Again, link via. ambermac)

After reading this article, I think we’ve all become Digital Pirates. If Mr. Jim Prentice Wishes to impose these laws on the citizens of Canada, I demand he provides Eye-Patches and Parrots to us citizens.

Ninth – To get everyone excited about the weekend and any potential road trips; Stereogum has released the first of it’s Remix Artist Collectives. their first addition comes from André Allen Anjos and features remixes of Bloc Party, Tokyo Police Club, Chromeo and RA RA RA RIOT!

Check out the player below or just download the tracklist on

Happy Mid-June Everyone!

Categories: The-Random, The-2006-World-Cup, Sled Island 2008, The Blogosphere, The Calgary Vibe, The Football, The HomeLand, The Humourous, The Music, The Pop-Culture, The T-Shirts, The VideoGames, The World

Azzurri Bleu Sunday July 9, 2006

With the hundreds of people tearing down McLeod Trail honking their horns and waving the Italian flag, I am going to go out on a limb and suggest that the Italians won this years world cup.

(photo taken by gingium )

It would have been far too fitting for Italy to lose again on penalties, but apparently that curse is now only applicable to English fans. Not sure if the game was any good. I’ll be honest I stopped watching last weekend when England was knocked out. Plus my second favorite team, Portugal, started playing like a bunch of poofters. In addition, I’m a sore assholic loser.

(photo courtesy of icathing on flickr)

Anyways, it was a wonderful World Cup and it was a lot of fun this summer. I can’t wait for 2010 in South Africa. I’m sure all the little Italy’s in Toronto, Vancouver, and Bridgeland are going to be overflowing with Machismo men and thick dark chest hair oozing out of their undersized Totti jerseys. Just fucking great.

(For the record, if England would have won today it would have been pure pandemonium in the Turner apartment. I would be out there on 17th smashing up gravity pope with the rest of the Ex-pat hooligans with gaping bald spots, sandals & socks and undersized Rooney jerseys.)

Categories: The-2006-World-Cup, The-World, The 2006 World Cup, The Urban

Hargreaves' Song Sunday July 2, 2006

I find it only fitting that on Canada Day, the ballsiest performance in two crucial matches of the World Cup was from a Canadian.

First off, losing again on penalties to an embarrassing Portuguese team is a pretty disappointing end to the World Cup for England. But watching Hargreaves’ inspired play yesterday was probably one of the most satisfying moments of this year’s tournament. Not only was his tackling constantly spectacular, but the pace at which he played throughout the entire 120 minute match was phenomenal. When you pill on the circumstances; England down their Wayne Rooney and team captain off on the sidelines, Owen’s performance was far more outstanding. From his game saving tackle on Christiano Ronaldo to his full tilt attacks at the Portuguese net in the final minutes of the game, Owen was phenomenal. Rightfully so, Hargreaves was declared Man of the Match by FIFA officials. And as he left the field he was given a heroic send off by 100,000 British fans, many of which were clamoring for his dismissal from the squad days earlier.

Which is why I think it was so that fitting that a Calgarian was the star of the match on Canada Day. There is this grandiose notion that Canadians are supposed to be strong, heroic and hardworking individuals who constantly perform in the face of adversity. It is something we have all been force feed since grade school. We all know the Canadian Way began with the victory at Vimy Ridge. But since then the national conflicts have been few and far between, so this notion has been had transposed on to our obsession with Hockey. Playing the Canadian way means you are playing with a special level of skill, grit and determination that no other nation can supposedly match; it’s just how Canadians play. It is how we defeated the dreaded Russkies in ‘72 and was how we recaptured the Olympic gold medal in Salt Lake City.

On Saturday Hargreaves brought that same intensity and everyone the world over witnessed it. With the Portuguese rolling on the ground as if their collective uteruses had exploded, Hargreaves kept on challenging their forwards with a furious intensity. He left everything on that pitch. He played in a manner that is usually only reserved for the legends of Hockey. He did everyone proud and played the Canadian Way.

I know it sounds like I’ve got a massive hard on for Hargreaves, but watching him blazing down the field and tackling with such authority was a very patriotic moment. I doubt I am not the only one in Calgary who felt the same way. It seemed like everyone at the Drum was screaming Hargreaves on. With that level of unity for one of our own and such an outstanding performance, it was truly one of the most rewarding ways to celebrate Canada.

So Here, here Mr. Hargreaves.

Categories: The-2006-World-Cup, The-Football, The 2006 World Cup, The Football, The Pop-Culture, The Soapbox

WorldCup Ramblings Saturday June 24, 2006

So after 29 hours in front of the Television, here’s a few observations about the world cup.

First – The more and more I watch the Brazilian team, the more I have to admit that Ronaldinho looks like Jar-Jar Binks.

Second – I think the main reason there was so much infighting in the Swedish dressing room was because half the team looks like some god awful emo band.


Look at the poor guy, with hair like that he should be writing horrible lyrics about his ex-girlfriend rather than taking corners. He’s got that ‘If this thing goes in I’m gonna have to write some horrible poetry on my myspace account’ expression on his face.

Third – I appreciate that the Drum & Monkey and the Ship and Anchor are showing all the games, but after my fifth helping of New Castle, rashers, tomatoes, brown sauce and blood pudding, I think I’m gonna have an aneurysm. I love a soccer breakie every once in a while and the camaraderie of watching the game with some ex-pats, but after three weeks my bowels are killing me.

Fourth – Those over sized Adidas jerseys for Argentina and Germany are horrible. After watching the Mexico/Argentina game yesterday, with Mexico’s slick kits, Argentina just looked like a bunch of rolly-polly fat kids in over sized striped t-shirts. Like that fat kid Pablo, who always got picked last during practise. Sure Mexico lost the game, but they went down in style.

See I rest my case.

Categories: The-2006-World-Cup, The-Humourous, The Football, The T-Shirts

CabinFever Sunday June 18, 2006


So the Summer of NewCastle has really been the Summer of Sitting Inside with Endless Hours of Sporting Goodness. Not that I’m really complaining but with the World cup, the Mavs in the NBA finals and that other shitty sport, its almost impossible to pry my Irish arse from the television. Especially for the weekend. Why can’t all this happen during the dead of winter, when it is not sunny? Why God? Why?

Anyways, I got the opportunity to visit the last morsel of hidden vacation land in Alberta, the crowsnest pass region. Sure it was at the expense of the epic USA – Italy match and 8 straight hours of sporting goodness on saturday, but it sort of felt good to be out of the city. I did miss the comfort of ripping my hair and screaming at the TV., but being away from that ridiculously adorable Jose +10 probably did something for my sanity.

Anyways, nothing really drastic to mention, but I though I’d post something. Ohh wait. I just found out WildRose Industrial Park Ale now comes in Bottles.

Yes, the glorious taste of Ogden now in bottles. It’s Industrial, because it is brewed with a high concentration of DDT.

Categories: The-Craziness, The-2006-World-Cup,