It’s Friday, which means that in 5 short hours, you get to go home, put on elasti-pants, turn on the TV, and crack open a cold brew. Like perhaps this high class ‘banquet beer’:
When I hear Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup, I think of a soccer event in and for Asia. But I am 0/2, because the 2015 one was held in Australia, and won by Australia. I know Australia is on the same side of the world as Asia, but it’s waaay south. Come on- there are 7 continents, right?! But hey, I guess the more the merrier.
Before I talk about the frowned-upon mascot of this event, I would like to mention that this was the first Asian Cup for one certain nation, a nation that much of the world does not recognize as real. The State of Palestine finished in last place, but got to stand as their own country- not being grouped with Israel as is commonly done. That’s pretty cool!
But, back to that bad mascot. Australia wanted something that was really unique to their nation, and chose this guy:
This is Nutmeg the Wombat, and he certainly is unique. Born in the mountains west of Sydney, Nutmeg plays club soccer for Marsupials United. He gets his name from the soccer move also called the nutmeg, defined as ‘ to kick, roll or throw the ball between an opponent’s legs.’ (Thanks Wiki!) He claims to be great at this move because of his low center of gravity.
Nutmeg was not well received, as a weird-shaped, doofy-looking, non-definable creature. Thanks to Twitter, we can learn what is exactly behind this negative reasoning.
-“Nutmeg the Asian Cup mascot has the biggest nose I’ve ever seen mascot, human or otherwise! #takesuphalfhisface”
“This is awkward – I legit thought @nutmeg_2015 was a dingo, not a wombat #awks”
And after this image was released:
“The official mascot for the Asian Cup is “Nutmeg” the disturbingly aggressive wombat. ”
But dude, you should know, he has his own phone, and can read your tweets while he waits for the bus. Poor guy.
And yes, he also plays the Twitter game ‘Hot Dogs or Legs?’ We’ll never know…
Remember seeing photos of yourself wearing these as a youngin?
As the United States approaches the next presidential election, we hear more and more debates concerning the cost of post-secondary education. Many candidates say that college has become unaffordable and even go as far as saying it’s a scam. The presidential hopefuls promise to get the power back-control prices and make education accessible to all. While I do support education, and know that starting life $20k+ in debt is difficult, I have to also question- at what point is it our fault as an individual?
It’s only Monday, and I’ve hit the wall. Evidently my brain is not feeling the 8-8 tax season hours, and wants me to know that the next 5 days are not going to be very peaceful. It sucks- why can’t we all just have more energy? Why can’t all humans have the energy of mascots? Some of them are out there for 4+ hours, jumping up and down constantly in a heavy, non-ventilated costume. How is that possible?! Some of them, like Sparky here, even have the energy to sprint with a cumbersome flag.
My friends and I have had the discussion of what’s better- college sports or pro sports. Of course, they’re from South Carolina, where there are no pro teams, so it’s college all the way. But I’m from Minneapolis, where we have the Big 4, and I’ve always thought pro is better.
Two superbowls, people. Two. Tom Coughlin won two superbowls in 12 season with the New York Giants, and now he’s gone. He’s been replaced by some first time head coach 31 years his junior. Ben McAdoo, this successor of the Gmen empire, has coached for 9 different teams since his start in 1996, giving me an eerie feeling concerning both his dedication and achievement.