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B.J. Upton has World Cup Fever

The Tampa Bay Rays may have the best record in major league baseball, but that doesn’t keep outfielder B.J. Upton from focusing on other sports.

People all over the planet are obsessing with the World Cup, arguably the biggest sporting event in the world, including Upton. Judging from the video below, which is an advertisement for Adidas,  it’s safe to say he’s caught World Cup fever.

Don’t let Upton’s skill with his hands and arms fool you, he’s also very capable with his feet when it comes to soccer. The speed demon combines both baseball and soccer for the best of both worlds during batting practice. Whoever thought of softball-sized soccer balls is a genius.

B.J.’s brother, Justin, plays for the Arizona Diamondbacks. I certainly wouldn’t mind a little sibling rivalry action on the soccer field in the near future.


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The rock band Weezer has created an anthem for U.S. soccer fans for this year’s World Cup, titled “Represent.”

Frontman and song writer Rivers Cuomo, who is an avid soccer fan, on whether or not he’ll be watching the game at the Bonnaroo festival where Weezer is performing:

“They are actually playing the game on a big screen at the festival,” the Grammy-winning artist told MLSsoccer.com over the phone. “So if you can believe it, I’ll be sitting in front of that big screen with all the other concert-goers watching the game. As soon as we realized we were going to confirm that show, we asked the promoter if they were going to be showing the game. They’re actually making a big deal out of it.”

The game between the USA and England ended in a a 1-1 tie, however I’m sure if Cuomo’s plan went as expected he had a great time with his own fans.


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As BP’s oil spill disaster has consumed America, President Obama has had to devote most of his time and attention toward it. Joe Biden on the other hand is in a different situation, or should I say country.

While President Obama deals with the disastrous event in the gulf, Vice President Biden will be in South Africa attending the World Cup, “representing the United States” as he puts it.

Obama wasn’t too thrilled about Biden’s departure. “I am honored to be (here) representing the United States. The president is angry,” as he puts it.

Apparently Biden is part-Irish, saying “In the spirit of a genuine Irishman, we are going to beat England.” Surprisingly no one asked him why Ireland is absent from the World Cup this year, and what he thinks about Thierry Henry.

I’m sure he’ll get plenty of face time during the USA-England match on Saturday, which begins at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN.


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The World Cup starts in June, and while Spain and Brazil are the up front favorites, British rapper Dizzee Rascal likes his resident country England’s chances.

He’s also apparently an American baseball fan. Trying to suck up to Obama on behalf of the prime minister, perhaps?

Rascal has never been to a soccer game before, but he’s making the trip to watch England’s opener against the USA. The rapper will also perform at the Cool Britannia festival in South Africa during the tournament.

According to Dizzee Rascal, Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard are the key players for England. According to me, Dizzee Rascal is quite possibly the best rapper alias in the world.

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Soccer’s biggest worldwide icon won’t be participating in the World Cup, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have other plans.

David Beckham suffered a tendon injury in March, but that hasn’t stopped him from being active. The Englishman visited the troops overseas in Afghanistan, where he also got the privilege of handling some heavy weapons and equipment.

Go to Huffington Post for a full photo gallery.

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Cristiano Ronaldo vs Homer Simpson

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If there were playoffs for best commercial ads, Nike would definitely be vying for the championship. The World Cup begins next month, as does the trash-talking  of the many soccer bandwagon fans.

Nike’s latest approach comes with a “Write The Future” tagline, with the related commercial featuring soccer superstars Didier Drogba of Chelsea, Wayne Rooney of Manchester United, and Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid.

As usual Nike comes through in providing brilliant eye candy that will most likely leave your jaw dropped. The best part may only be a miniscule addition, but the comedic relief comes in the form of Ronaldo surprising Homer Simpson at the 2:20 mark.