• Posted: June 6th, 2012 - 4:04pm by Ben Chapman

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    With the Stanley Cup Finals set to end tonight (I'm not convinced New Jersey will prolong the inevitable), my sports-watching efforts will soon switch to Euro 2012 soccer (or non-American football). It's not the most exciting sport but I do like the lack of commercial breaks. According to Sports Illustrated, co-host Ukraine's team has been hit by some sort of pathogen that is affecting 10 players and almost cancelled a warm-up game yesterday. Lots of vomit associated with a team sport? Sounds like norovirus.

    The main concern is over Ukraine's most-capped player, midfielder Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, who has been on a drip.
    "We have to bring the guys out of this condition,'' coach Oleg Blokhin said. "It's good that the poisoning didn't happen on June 11. For me, the most important thing is healthy footballers.''

    Team doctor Leonid Mironov told reporters Wednesday that Tuesday's match against Turkey, which Ukraine lost 2-0, was almost cancelled after the players had come down with the bug that was causing some of them to vomit. Blokhin said that fullback Bohdan Butko and midfielder Denys Harmash played against Turkey despite being ill.

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  • Posted: May 6th, 2012 - 3:45pm by Doug Powell

    Maybe he shouldn’t have played with a temperature of 102F.

    Ben Chew of NBC reports the world of Major League Soccer had its first memorable upchuck moment this week as New England Revolution defender Kevin Alston, in a game against the Colorado Rapids, decided to empty the contents of his stomach during a stoppage of play.

    To note, the video clip is not for the squeamish or people who puke easily after seeing someone else vomit:

    After the match, Revolution head coach Jay Heaps commented on the puke seen around Foxborough:

    “It wasn’t pretty. He just went into a coughing fit and I didn’t know this before the game. So he played through a 102 temperature, and when he got hit, he went into a coughing fit that’s why he got sick.”

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  • Posted: December 4th, 2011 - 12:43pm by Doug Powell

    Fox Sports is reporting legendary Brazilian soccer captain Socrates died Sunday at the age of 57 after suffering an intestinal infection.

    The star of the 1982 World Cup was rushed to Sao Paulo's Albert Einstein Hospital late Thursday after suffering food poisoning and was said to be in critical condition in its intensive care unit Saturday.

    Despite briefly responding to a stronger antibiotic, Socrates died early Sunday, O Globo reported.

    Socrates' wife and a friend of the couple also got sick after eating the stroganoff, but the former midfield maestro's body was said to be too weak to fight the illness after years of alcohol abuse.

    Socrates, whose full name was Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira, spent his entire club-playing career in Brazil, bar a single season with Italian club Fiorentina in 1984-85.

    He rose to international prominence as the tall bearded playmaker who lit up the 1982 World Cup in Spain, despite Brazil's shock exit ahead of the semi-finals.
    Socrates graduated as a medical student during his early playing days and practiced after his career ended in 1989.

    Regarded as an intellectual thinker, he also wrote widely about sport and culture later in life.

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  • Posted: July 2nd, 2011 - 8:20pm by Doug Powell

    A month ago five Mexican players were sent home before the start of Gold Cup for testing positive for trace levels of clenbuterol, a prohibited anabolic substance.

    Friday, four more players tested positive for the same substance. Health officials insisted Mexican beef doesn’t contain clenbuterol and that the incidence of contaminated beef is one in a million. They are either lying, or the Mexican soccer team is the unluckiest group of people ever. Once again, we’ll have to wait for the official investigation to be over.

    Reminds me of a CSNY song.

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  • Posted: October 21st, 2010 - 9:34am by Doug Powell

    I used to work with a guy a long time ago who said, “when I retire, I’m going to take my guitar, a couple of amps, sit on my front porch, and do a lot of hallucinogens.”

    He had a poster of Jimi Hendrix in his office.

    The New York Daily News reports an unidentified staff member of the Peru soccer team, Sport Ancash, has been accused of giving players from opposing team, Hijos de Acosvinchos, drugged water after four of the players passed out in the final moments of their Peruvian second-division game.

    Doctors at a nearby hospital found traces of benzodiazepine — a psychoactive drug with sedative properties — in the player’s bloodstream.

    Using the Contador defense, Sport Ancash President Jose Mallaqui blamed the incident on poultry, adding

    “I was able to find out that the players ate rotisserie chicken and had some energy drinks before the game, which ended up hurting them.”

    Sport Ancash ended up losing the game, 3-0.

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  • Posted: June 18th, 2010 - 12:17pm by Doug Powell

    Ninety Fifa World Cup volunteers were treated for food poisoning after eating breakfast at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga on Friday.

    Local organising committee spokesman Rich Mkhondo said,


"They got sick after eating food this morning. Some of them were vomiting while others suffered from diarrhoea,"

    An investigation had been launched to determine if the food was contaminated and if so, how it got contaminated, Mkhondo said.

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  • Posted: June 13th, 2010 - 2:41pm by Doug Powell

    This is me watching soccer (right, exactly as shown).

    I coached girls soccer for a few years, but parents, especially Europeans, would yell at me a lot, and I didn’t really know the game like hockey, so I just tired of it.

    Seriously, 7-year-old girls doing the beehive chasing a ball is not worth yelling about.

    Maybe there was a lot of drinking going on in the stands.

    The U.K. Food Standards Agency provided financial support and advice to enable Salford Trading Standards to seize 436 bottles of counterfeit and illicit alcohol in advance of the World Cup.

    A five-day operation, partially funded by the Agency, was carried out across the city by the council, customs officers and the police and separate seizures were made in 25 out of 75 pubs and off licences that were raided.

    Counterfeit alcohol is dangerous because it is sold without any of the safety checks that accompany legal food and drink production. This means there is no guarantee the product is what it says on the label. Trading standards officers found that some bottles contained excessive levels of methanol which can cause serious health effects including blindness.

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  • Posted: October 28th, 2009 - 6:07am by Doug Powell

    Poland’s soccer team may suck, but the co-host of the 2012 UEFA Euro championships wants to make sure the toilets sparkle.

    Arkadiusz Choczaj, leader of the so-called "Clean Patrol" campaign, told reporters in Warsaw,

    "Our toilets are better prepared for these championships than our football players.”

    "Clean Patrols", made up of volunteer inspectors dressed in white overalls, recently sniffed around 200 public toilets in six Polish cities slated as Euro 2012 venues or back-ups. The "Clean Patrol" project was co-sponsored by CWS-boco, a sanitary products supplier.

    Public potties were rated on accessibility, hygiene, smell and whether toilet paper, soap and hand towels were available.

    Just one toilet scored a perfect 100 points, while a three-quarters majority rated 65 points, the basic acceptable standard.

    Loos in airports, hotels, restaurants and cafes were rated the highest by both the patrols and tourists surveyed by the independent TNS OBOP pollsters. Poland's tourist-magnet southern city of Krakow received the highest ratings.

    At the bottom of the rankings were a quarter of public restrooms -- in train and bus stations, on trains and in camp grounds -- rated as danger zones by the patrols and foreign tourists alike.

    Jan Orgelbrand, head of Poland's Chief Sanitary Inspectorate said,

    "Regardless of the Euro finals, we have to improve standards because, let's face it, we want to live in a country that doesn't stink.”

    "Not every football fan or tourist will get to the stadium, but all will visit our public lavatories and their standard speaks about Poland as a nation."


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  • Posted: September 26th, 2009 - 4:27pm by Doug Powell

    These girls probably failed biology.

    The existing members of the girls' varsity soccer team at a high school in Lewiston, New York thought they would say hello and congratulations by hurling raw meat at the new team members and covering their hair in flour and eggs.

    Besides being a waste of perfectly good meat, the risks of cross-contamination with E. coli or Salmonella or something is fairly large.

    Lewiston is about 25 miles north of Buffalo.

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  • Posted: February 18th, 2009 - 3:12pm by Doug Powell

    It’s Oscar time and I can’t wait to see which celebrities have to get vaccinated for hepatitis A this year after the parties. But until Sunday, soccer seems to be the source of reminders to get vaccinated against hepatitis A, which is transmitted via human poop.

    RC Recreativo de Huelva are set to be without Spain Under-21 midfielder Sisi (right) for at least the next six weeks after the 22-year-old was diagnosed with hepatitis A.

    Sisi is not the first U21 international to contract hepatitis A this year. Germany's Ashkan Dejagah was diagnosed with the same condition in early February and his club – VfL Wolfsburg – are resigned to losing him for a "very long time".


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