Tuesday, December 21, 2010


this wasn't supposed to happen. the usa was not supposed to win out in their group as the #1 seed. korea was supposed to lose to nigeria.

if you went by the fifa world rankings, usa's group would have finished like this:


and korea's group would have finished like this:


since the top two teams in each group advance, jL and i would have had tickets to see the first place teams in the knockout rounds: england and argentina. those matches (the ones of the first place teams) took place in or near jozi.

INSTEAD our teams overperformed. the USA was top seed and played in rustenburg (4 hrs from jozi, including traffic) against ghana. and since korea advanced, they played uruguay in port elizabeth (roughly 700 miles from jozi).

it would have been a scalpers dream to sell england tix or arg/mex to needy fans, but it was not to be.

jL and i had a big choice on our hands. do we stay in jozi (probably the least attractive of the big cities in south africa) at the crackhouse where we are fighting freezing temps, rats, and the crackheads in our backpackers--or do we jet over to port elizabeth, an hour's drive from some of the most iconic surf spots in the world, and have a week-long beach holiday away from the claustrophobia of jozi?

we were sad to miss the USA-Ghana match, but this was our only chance to surf j-bay, and we took it.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

the mayor of durban

mr. whiskers:


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

the USA - ALG match

a must win match for the USA! 3rd match in group play. if they win, then they go through. if they lose and slovenia beat england, then algeria and slovenia go through. if they draw and slovenia draw with england or beat england, then i think usa goes through. so many options! every team in the group still alive!!!

we knew that england was beating slovenia, so we needed a win to make it through. and if we did win, then we'd be top of the group and ranked #1!!

we made some friends with a south african kid with signs:

"USA. SORRY BAFANA BAFANA" -- bafana bafana (trans. "the boys, the boys") is the name of the south african team.


the match was super tense. but we pulled out the win!

here's a clip i found on youtube of someone watching from the same section as me and the jL in the USA fan's section.

at the end of the match, all the USA players jumped on landon, and there was a giant party in the stadium, on the streets, etc.

Monday, December 6, 2010

for some reason

watching the full minute version of this song made me like this commercial, even though, previously, watching it the first time, i was absolutely positive that it was the worst commercial i had ever seen in my life.