We are waiting here to see if we are meant to live or die. Every day is another day of fear and destruction. If you don’t die, someone you know is likely to be among the dead. This is no life a human being can accept.
A Palestinian commenting on conditions inside Gaza.
(Via +972 Mag)
Most Americans who follow soccer now wouldn’t quibble with the idea that the United States will win – or at least play in – a World Cup final in our lifetime. That would have been a preposterous idea 20 years ago. Now it’s a good pub argument.
Andrew Das — NYT sports editor.
America’s love of this year’s World Cup — because for once we were the underdog.
When it was bad, you knew it could have been worse. When it got worse, you knew it could have been terrible. When it got terrible, you knew there was hope left, just a thread of it, but something to hold on to. You knew those things because he was there. If you watched the last two minutes in a heart-imploding frenzy, urging the U.S. to get forward and score the tying goal, the life you felt was the gift he gave you, because without him the match would have been over long before.
I don’t care that the U.S. lost. He goes into the lore. When the aged DeAndre Yedlin is hoisting the World Cup in 2026, Tim Howard is the background, in the same way that Brian McBride’s bloody face is the background and Landon Donovan’s goal against Algeria is the background. He matters to American soccer forever because of this match. We lost, but he still saved us.
The camera wobbles and the image pixelates as the cameraman tilts upward to catch the Syrian military helicopter drop its payload. The video, which has been viewed more than 76,000 times, follows the barrel bombs’ tumbling descent, the roar of their fall growing louder. The bombs hit their targets in a closely-packed urban area with an enormous crash, sending a huge plume of dark gray and white smoke, dust, and debris rising up as the building gives way. The video, reportedly from the Damascus suburb of Daraya, was uploaded by anti-government media activists from Syria in February. The accompanying video description refers to the weapons as barrel bombs — and ordnance tumbling from a Russian Hip helicopter, with visible fins, is likely just that. Similar to many of the videos available online of these bombings, the precise details of the attack in question, like the number of dead and wounded, are not known.
It’s not that Tim Howard and the US defense won’t be key to keeping the USA in contention, or that the game might not be turned by the opportunistic zeal of Dempsey up front, but for the US to progress you get the feeling it’s going to involve a successful gut check: Beckerman, Bradley, Jones.
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