World Cup 2018 Tunisia Preview: Not My Favorite

FIFA Rank:  14th.  So, right of the bat here, a country you may have mocked as even having a national soccer team is actually better globally than the Jets/Browns/Colts/Cardinals/Bears/Bucs/49ers are in the NFL. World Cup Group: G (along with England, Belgium, and Panama). Hey, How’d They Get Here?:  Direct from the FIFA World Cup

World Cup 2018 Panama Preview: The Dirtiest Players in the Game

Panama is an interesting team (on paper) because their World Cup tournament could go one of two ways. The first way is what most people are predicting: the oldest and arguably least talented squad in the tournament is going to finish last and will be lucky to score a goal.

World Cup Previews: England

I'm fully prepared for disappointment once again as a fan of England football; however, at least this year's edition of failure might well come with a slight dash of hope beforehand this time. The 2014 World Cup was one of the worst outings ever for the national team; a single point

World Cup 2018 Team Preview – Belgium

Ah, the misty water colour memmmmmories....Belgium gives Hippo all the feels.  Big Rom and Roberto Martinez, together again?  It's the last really hopeful period in Everton Lesser Footy history (before Martinez' fatal flaw at the EPL level - defensive indifference - kicked in, along with many, many defeats in the dying

AFL Beat – 2018 Round 11

This week, All this,  a big upset,  plus more perfection coming up on... Welcome To Balls of Steel's AFL Beat! *** Round 11 The Round started late Thursday night with Sydney taking on Carlton.  When I woke up for work,  I expected the Swans to have a comfortable lead,  which they did.  It wasn't,  however, 

World Cup 2018 South Korea Preview: So you’re saying there’s a chance

*Scene opens to a pitch black room. All you can see is black and the sounds of an older man grunting* Old Man breathing heavily: Oh yeah, that little black dress is getting a little uncomfortable. Take it off, baby. *The sound of pumping Vaseline can be heard* OM: Oh yeah, almost there,

World Cup 2018 Costa Rica Preview: Mangoes FOAR All!

Costa Rica is a delightful Central American nation.  Friendly people, tropical weather without the bullshit Carnival Cruise tourismo atmosphere to trigger the shit out of one's white guilt.  I thoroughly enjoyed my Divorcemas trip there several years ago.  They have a saying for how the peoples live - "la pura

World Cup 2018 Brazil Preview: The Redeem Team

Brazil is a scary, scary team. In the 2014 World Cup, Brazil was in an awkward transition stage where the lost/disgraceful generation of Brazilian players stepped down for the new era of players to take over. Most notably, despite being 22 years old, Brazil became Neymar’s team. This in itself

AFL Beat – Special Edition – Your 2018 Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round Guernseys

This is my favourite "theme" Round that the AFL does to promote a cause or honor a group of people.  In this case, it is Sir Doug Nicholls, a pioneer in advocating for Aboriginal people's rights in Australia. *** I highly recommend you read this article on the man so you can

AFL Beat – 2018 Round 10

This week, You may be wondering what those three pictures mean.  Well, the big news this week is that the Docklands stadium currently known as Etihad Stadium will, starting next year, be sponsored by Marvel and be known as Marvel Stadium.  If they don't do a Deadpool tie-in, people should be