June 23, 2104
United States ties Portugal
USA had it won. A guaranteed spot in the knockout round was soo close. A mistake early in the backfield had put Portugal up 1-0 but a beautiful shot by Jermaine Jones in the 64th minute evened things up. Graham Zusi crossed a ball off Clint Dempsey’s stomach in the 81st minute to send proud Americans across the world into a frenzy. At the 90-minute mark, the United States was still up 2-1. A late U.S. substitution is rumored to have been why the referee elected to add 5 minutes of stoppage time instead of 4. Portugal used that to their advantage when Cristiano Ronaldo crossed a ball into the box that Silvestre Varela headed past Tim Howard to tie the game. Without that goal, Portugal would have been mathematically eliminated from the World Cup and the United States would have advanced. Now, all of the teams in Group G are still alive and no team has qualified to advance just yet. Group E is the only other group where that is the case. Clint Dempsey and company still control their destiny heading into Thursday’s 11 am tilt against Germany.
The top two teams in each group advance. If the Americans beat Germany, they will win the group and likely play Algeria out of Group H. If the U.S. finishes second in the group, they will get the “honor” of playing Belgium.
Cheer up, soccer fans and start practicing your “I Believe That We Will Win” for Thursday.
The United States has been cooling since the 1930s
Blogger Steven Goddard recently posted on his blog about how historical temperature data published by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) appears to have been manipulated to show that temperatures are warming when largely they are not. Christopher Booker of The Telegraph explains things a little more.
President Obama recently talked about “hurricane intensity” increasing due to global warming when there hasn’t been a hurricane that’s made landfall in the US in eight years.
Immigrants are pouring across the border
If you haven’t been paying attention, there has been a huge surge recently in immigrants crossing the Mexican border into the United States. One report says that many are jumping on freight trains to get to the border because they’ve heard how easy it is to cross the border and stay. Another report elaborates that people are actually jumping on moving “death Trains”, which is really dangerous. Central American media outlets are said to be encouraging minors to make the trek across the border. They estimate there are 1,000 Central American minors currently being housed at the Lackland Air Force base. A major health crisis could easily come as a result of this influx. 378 unaccompanied toddlers under the age of two have been taken into custody at the border since October.
Drug cartels are using the rise in border crossings to easily smuggle drugs into the country.
Rising Star premieres on ABC
Every reality singing competition wants you to believe they are different. The Voice wants you to think that looks don’t matter. American Idol wants you to think they are the best. We still aren’t sure what X-Factor wanted us to think. Rising Star is definitely different, for better or worse. It has the requisite celebrity judges in Josh Groban, Brad Paisley, Kesha and Ludacris. The requisite recording contract prize, this one from Capitol Records. While the judges’ votes do count for something, viewers can also vote via the official app. Here’s a breakdown of the first episode.
Or you could watch the first episode right here
Cardinals: Wacha and Garcia head to 15-day disabled list
Cardinals pitchers Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia have both been placed on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder issues. Garcia has frequently had shoulder issues throughout his career and now is experiencing discomfort in the left shoulder that he had operated on last May. Wacha has a stress fracture on the back side of his shoulder. Joe Kelly is close to returning to the rotation and Carlos Martinez is likely to get a few starts. Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch was on The Morning After this morning talking about some roster moves the St. Louis Cardinals may be interested in.
Gluten-free may not be healthy living
An article in the Wall Street Journal questions whether a gluten-free diet is healthy for the majority of the people following one.
Hope Solo arrested over the weekend
United States Women’s National Team and Seattle Reign goalkeeper Hope Solo was arrested over the weekend on allegations of domestic assault. Apparently Hope’s sister had a party at her house where Solo became quite angry and intoxicated. She is accused of leaving visible injuries on her sister and 17-year old nephew. Who knows what is going on with Hope Solo. This is a lady who married Jerramy Stevens hours he was arrested for assaulting her and two months after they started dating. Solo is due in court today. Her lawyer maintains that she was actually the victim in the disturbance.
Think Like a Man Too wins the weekend box office
Think Like a Man Too barely beat out 22 Jump Street over the weekend with $30 million in its opening weekend. Jump Street brought in an estimated $29 million in its second weekend. How to Train Your Dragon 2 brought in $25.3 million in its second weekend to finish third. Jersey Boys, directed by Clint Eastwood, finished fourth in its opening weekend with $13.5 million. Maleficent rounded out the top five with $13 million in its fourth weekend. The Disney-Angelina Jolie film’s domestic take has now passed its $180 million budget. It currently sits at $186 million domestically and $521.5 million worldwide.
Think Like a Man Too fell short of the original’s $33.6 million opening.
Pearl Jam performs “Let It Go”
This happened in Milan recently during the band’s performance of “Daughter”.