World Cup 2014 – Bits & Bobs: Ads, Anthems & More

13 Jun


Ah, I’m finally getting a chance to sit down and write a post! It’s been a hectic day. I saw this great ad that Visa with Nobel Laureates and just had to share.

It was great fun to see them get all excited about footy. The very first thing I saw when I woke up (way too early) this morning was a Hyundai ad featuring Iker and dun-dun-DUN! Kaka. I burst out laughing at about 2 seconds into it thinking of Shigs’ reaction.

Why you may ask? Well, I think these two pictures say it all.

kaka 1kaka 2My guess is that she will not find this sentiment reassuring even if Iker’s along for the ride. Poor Shigs. She thought she was safe because he wasn’t playing in this World Cup but she should have known better.

Also on her shitlist? Heath Pearce after this quote:

Another handsome man is our Cristiano but honestly, when you see a picture like this, you gotta shake your head. He should leave the duckfacing and finger signs to Karim.

Bp8RUXkIMAA2tw4This is marginally better but sigh. He’s just so Cristiano but he still looks damn good.

tumblr_n70ow91a5x1td6f30o1_500One of his BFFs, poor Marcelo had a hella shit day scoring an own goal in the match. Things started out great with snuggles from Lady Edith.
But then there was the own goal ::cue the sad trombones:: It was painful to see him so distressed.
tumblr_inline_n72olvVv4l1qi3ljsAnd some people were absolute pigs about it on Twitter. I couldn’t believe it when I saw this tweet.

That’s just disgusting. But Marcelo never gave up. He and Luka kept it friendly on the pitch as well. When Edith went down Marcelo was right there to check on him.Bp9WDnlCAAEuBuAAfter the match, he went right to Luka to exchange shirts and he proudly wore it during his interviews. They also hung out after the match. I really hope things go better for both of our guys as the WC progresses.

Speaking of things perhaps not going well for some of our favorites, what the hell is happening here?! Friendly joking around, thinly veiled aggression or God help us all, a new bromantic pairing that makes me practically throw up in my mouth? Please don’t make me call them something like Costamos. They’re not going to exist so they’re not getting a portmanteau, damn it!

And most importantly, what does Nando think of all of this, pray tell?!
Spain Training & Press Conference - 2014 FIFA World Cup BrazilDON’T MAKE HIM SAD! WE’VE HAD ENOUGH OF SAD FERNANDO TO LAST A LIFETIME. (I see lonely, bromance-less Albiol in the background. Maybe they can form a new alliance. Torriol? Ferchori? Or some sort of variation on Sausage & Buns, because honestly.

Katie Ann sent in this FIFA.com interview with Xavi which cracked me the hell up. The interviewer asked “Xavi, 2013 was a very special year for you, for a number of reasons. What was your highlight?” And Xavi is like “Blah blah blah, football.” And I thought to myself “But hey, what about your…” and then the interviewer said “I notice you didn’t mention your wedding!” which is exactly what I was thinking. But Xavi laughed and explained that he thought they were just discussing football (fair enough) and that he’s happy with Nuria, it was the best day of his life and she tells him off for watching so much football. Hey, girl, it’s a decent trade off for someone who undoubtedly keeps your lawn the envy of the neighborhood, IMHO.

Some fun: Pop Justice is doing head to head battles showcasing the music of the countries that are playing. Today was obviously Brazil vs. Croatia. It’s a fun way to learn some new bands!

Speaking of music, can we please just talk about this for a second?
Bp9e76dCUAAPKFRI mean, I’m sure one of us will do a whole rundown of the opening ceremony but I really need to discuss this whole Pitbull thing. Since I’m so tired and it’s after 1:30 AM, I’m going to just embed my tweets from earlier today (Yes, I’m a lazy bitch).

So there was this ball in the center of the pitch and I thought “Gee, I hope they don’t…” but then they did.

Claudia Leitte is so lucky she didn’t get stuck in that thing.

And then this happened which just confused the hell out of me.

I have confused Pitbull with Paul Schaffer and Jason Kidd before but never Urkel. Today, he’s looking just like Urkel.

And the ladies? Well, they were straight up Ice Capades. JLo particularly looks like she got lost on the way to her short program at Sochi.

Pitbull looks like such a doofus. It was just excruciating and the sound blew. Here’s some more shots of the performance:

They look like they’re singing in the middle of an artichoke. “Waiter! There’s a Pitbull in my soup!

You know it’s bad if this is what I’m feeling at the time:

And then they finally – FINALLY – sunk into a hole in the floor (I shit you not). Again, mechanics. WILL NO ONE THINK OF THE ‘TAP?!

Claudia dug it and gave it the time honored ‘baller cherished thumbs up.

I had my own ideas on how to improve the opening…

I also have some very clear ideas about what the true anthem of the World Cup should be and why but I’ll talk about that tomorrow (well, today) because this post is too long, I have another post to get up and I actually have to get more than 4 hours of sleep tonight. More soon!

– Lozil

 

 

6 Responses to “World Cup 2014 – Bits & Bobs: Ads, Anthems & More”

  1. Anonymous June 13, 2014 at 2:10 am #

    That was J.Lo? Weird I thought it was… I’ll be nice.

    Kind of thankful I missed the opening ceremony. I’m sure Pitbull pulls all the ladies he talks about while dressed just like that.

    -mygypsyspirit (stupid thing won’t let me log in)

  2. Anonymous June 13, 2014 at 2:14 am #

    Also, I laughed so hard at the Hyundai commercial that my coworker came over to check on me

  3. jellyace June 13, 2014 at 9:24 am #

    $9M in production costs and the only outfit they could get for Pitbull was a Brasil jersey and Mom capris? Tsk tsk! Yes, that song sucked. Claudia looked like an ice skater from the 60s and J Lo looked like Barbarella. The trees on stilts were creepy. But the flowers (especially the jumping ones) were lovely. And I must have blinked and totally missed Robocop kicking the ceremonial Brazuca.

  4. jellyace June 13, 2014 at 9:30 am #

    My suspicion is that Brazil HAD to win the first match so the protests will stop. All the people in Brazil will drop everything and start watching futbol, which they love. Hope so.

  5. CinematiqueChic June 13, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    I dunno, that looks more to me like season 1 OITNB: Costa is Crazy Eyes and Sergio is Piper. Sese’s mouth may be smiling but his eyes are screaming for help.

  6. kfunk22 June 13, 2014 at 10:56 am #

    that was way harsh, bob geldof!

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