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We Are Who We Are, Americans.

United States fans cheer on their team against Mexico during the first half of their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Columbus

 

It was okay in the beginning. It was okay to watch other games, root for other teams, get into the whole World Cup atmosphere and being all “YEAH I LOVE THIS GLOBAL GAME OF KICKING” it was meant to be that way in the opening round.  Get you accustomed to the feeling of nations rooting for a group of men.

Not anymore.

World Cup Fans Gather To Watch Matches In Rio

This is real. This is the elimination round. There’s no picking TEAMS to win. You’ve got one nation to root for. You’ve got a bunch of other nations to find funny jokes about. You’ve only got one shot to stand up and believe that your nation will rise.

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And the one nation that is under god and indivisible with liberty and justice for all is the one nation you better be rooting for. This is about AMERICA. HOME TO CHUCK NORRIS. HOME TO TACO BELL. HOME TO HULK HOGAN. HOME TO BOBBY BOUCHER, HANK HILL, AND ERIC CARTMAN. HOME TO FREEDOM. HOME TO ENOUGH FREEDOM THAT WE DON’T CARE IF OUR COACH IS GERMAN, THAT HALF OUR TEAM WAS NOT BORN HERE. WE DON’T CARE ONCE YOU’RE HERE, YOU’RE HERE, AND DAMMIT WE RIDE OUT. WE BELIEVE WE ARE THE BEST, AND WE BELIEVE NO ONE CAN COMPETE WITH US. WE MAY NOT BE GOOD BUT DAMMIT WE ARE AMERICA AND IN AMERICA YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE GOOD YOU JUST HAVE TO BE AMERICAN. DOES THAT NOT MAKE SENSE TO YOU?! WELL GUESS WHAT A LOT OF THINGS HERE DON’T MAKE SENSE BUT RIGHT NOW IT DOESN’T HAVE TO. ALL THAT MATTERS IS WHEREVER YOU ARE. WHEREVER YOU GO. YOU PUT YOUR HAND OVER YOUR CHEST AND YOU RECITE THE NATIONAL ANTHEM LIKE YOU NEVER HAVE BEFORE AND YOU LET THE WORLD KNOW THAT AMERICA FUCKING ROCKS AND THIS WORLD CUP IS OURS

Team U.S.A celebrate during the 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match between Ghana and the U.S. at the Dunas arena

PLAY THE MUSIC

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Facebook Taught Me

2013 NBA Finals - Game Seven

Six years.

Six years is how long I’ve been a loyal member of Facebook. When I first signed on it made me feel like the coolest kid ever. I knew about it because of my older brother, but at the time it was only for college kids so the simple wonder of what it was like made me want to join. Myspace will forever be Myspace, there is nothing Facebook can do to ever make the feel the way I felt when G-Unit was my profile song, and I had the newest Stone Cold Steve Austin wallpaper (Before I became Mr. Cool and made it Cosign Squad), But I needed something new and there was Facebook ready to open its glorious social arms to me.

It started off with a bang, poking girls you had crushes on, when you got a new girlfriend you had to make it that you were in a relationship, it was the little things that you couldn’t do on Myspace that made us love Facebook. You will find those who make the claim they never loved Facebook, but people also say they don’t love sweet potato pie which is to say there is a such thing as a person who is in complete denial.

Facebook now is not what it used to be. I see it more as for just another social media website. I think it just happens as you get older, you don’t do things that you did when you were a reckless teen trying to make sure you had a date for when everyone wanted to go to alpine after the football game. Now I see it as the website where my relatives tag me in things I have no reason to be tagged in. Facebook is still very useful to store images, keep in contact with distance friends, and then theres the lovely 2 am dramatic post about how your life sucks ever since breaking bad ended, and the “why is everyone hating on me and caring about what I do? ITS MY LIFE HATERS” post that we have all grown to love and adore.

I log onto to Facebook everyday. For no particular reason I just feel like it has to be on my tabs while I’m on the computer. Today when I clicked on Facebook it let me know that I could see my 2013 year in review. “Review? I barley post anything on this site anymore” I thought to myself until I clicked on my review and noticed it was postings from Instagram and a few statuses that I came up with over the course of the entire year. Later on Google released an advertisement showcasing their own personal review of the highlights of this past year, and it got me thinking, what are my favorite moments of 2013? In  this particular situation what are my favorite sports moments of 2013. This took longer than I expected, it seemed as though every time I had a set list another moment popped into my so I decided to make a top seven list. On the 7th day of January I made a post about my seven favorite sports moments of 2013.

And incase you were wondering. Seven is my favorite number.

(This List is no particular order).

1. Miami Heat Harlem Shake

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At the beginning of the year one of the most popular songs out was Harlem Shake by Bauer. The song actually does not have an official music video, but a fan decided to make one with himself and his college friends. The video starts with a group of people in the room with either one person dancing solo while everyone else pretends to ignore him/her or a group of individuals dance, once the actual be drops everyone channels their inner kid and goes berserk with obscene moves that only their mother could love. The video struck gold and became an internet phenomenon. Hundreds of thousands of amateur videos to the song were uploaded to youtube, heck even the job I was working at the time thought of making our own version. One day I checked my twitter feed to LeBron James post a youtube link and behold the magic that was. Ray Allen dancing? D-Wade as the Kanye West mascot? This was way to priceless and still is.

2. Kobe Dunks on Brooklyn Nets.

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Anything Kobe does amazes me. Along with being a sad and loyal New York Knicks fan, I also happen to be a Los Angeles Lakers fan. During the inaugural season of The Brooklyn Nets Kobe decided to show us all that even at old age you can still get up on guys when needed. Its safe to say Brooklyn got the memo.

3. LeBron James Dunks on Jason Terry but Jim Ross Makes it Even Sweeter.

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Oh nostalgia how you make love the internet more than I already do. As a kid I was always glued to the television screen to watch wrestling. Everything about it was cooler than anything else on the entire planet so when this 1998 Hell in The Cell match between The Undertaker and Mankind went down the young me was excited. Two minutes later life changed.

Fifteen years later Nostalgia proved its loyalty. During a game between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat LeBron James caught an alley-oop and destroyed Celtics guard Jason Terry, Later on a genius unknown took the commentary from announcer Jim Ross and added it to when James dunked on Terry. I fell in love on sight

4. Mariano Rivera’s Last Game at Yankee Stadium

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A little known fact about me. New Yorker born and raised. Red Sox fan. There are not many like me in this great city, but here I am. Nonetheless I know to appreciate greatness no matter the uniform you wear, and I couldn’t help but watch and slightly tear during Mariano Rivera’s last game at Yankee Stadium. The fact that he is retiring doesn’t seem right but the fitting was perfect with teammates Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte coming to take him out. He cried man, the sandman cried.

5. Johnny Football

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Johnny Manziel is THE MAN. OvO Johnny came from out of no where in 2012 to being the man by seasons end and picking the Heisman trophy as a FRESHMAN. After a summer in which all he did was party and drink like the rest of us college kids love to do, he became public enemy number one to some. Johnny couldn’t wait to play and shut the world up and he did. This is not really a favorite moment, but more of me stating Johnny Football is my favorite athlete of 2013.

6. Boston Red Sox Win the 2013 World Series

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Your favorite baseball team wins the World Series. Is an explanation needed?

7. Auburn Game Winning Field Goal Return to Beat Alabama

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It’s a field goal return for a touchdown to beat the number one ranked team in country that just so happens to be your arch rival in the biggest game of the season (and to many of auburn the only game that matters). Moments like these are why sports rules and everything else drools.

And there it is. SEVEN. I could do ten if I wanted, heck i could do more, but seven is perfect. 2014 lets see what you have up your sleeve.

Oh and thanks a lot Facebook.