Octopus Witches and the Marginalized

As usual, a fortune-telling octopus is hogging the camera. For the last week, sports commentators, blogs and even the New York Times have found a new media darling in Paul the Octopus. Paul, an oracle from Germany, successfully predicted eight out of eight World Cup matches, including all of Germany’s games and the eventual championship … Continue reading

A World Cup with Less Injuries

On Sunday, the Netherlands took on Spain in the final World Cup match. Spain is obviously a tremendous team, and to fight them it seemed clear that Holland was forced to use some violent tactics, even deserving of red cards. The game will be remembered, among other things, as the most penalty-ridden World Cup final … Continue reading

The World Cup Finals and the Refugee Experience

This Sunday, the World Cup will come to a close with a European battle of wills: Spain and the Netherlands, two teams that have never won the championship, will fight it out to see who can make history first. Both countries are known for partying hard, and the celebrations of either team’s win will likely … Continue reading

Breaking Away at the World Cup

Breakaway is a story-based, football-themed electronics game that uses soccer to encourage good decisions in young people. Created through Champlain College, the development team has just released the first three episodes of Chapter One online and on CD. Better yet, they have also put it in the hands of multiple kids’ groups this year at … Continue reading

Refugees and the Real Football: World Cup Begins

It is World Cup day, everyone! At 9am CST, Mexico will face off against home team and underdog South Africa. In all the excitement and buzz, here’s one last topic to pray about and consider as you enjoy the games. Life in South Africa is very hard for refugees, and it can be even harder … Continue reading

The Real Football and Reconciliation

Soccer opens the door for reconciliation. Right… tell that to Scotland’s Celtic and Rangers fans… Celtic and Rangers clash in 2008 But it really does. It is probably because the sport is such a global success that, especially in countries that accept a lot of refugees and immigrants, people who normally would not find belonging … Continue reading

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