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Mexico is having a hell of a FIFA World Cup...and of course, something comes along to fuck it up. In this case, it's Mexican soccer fans, who just love to chant "¡Puto!" ("Faggot!") during a soccer match. In this week's video version of my ¡Ask a Mexican! column, I tackle the subject as if it were ... More >>
Today marks the start of the FIFA World Cup, and this means either you're preparing for a month of ditching work or not giving a shit. But, culinary-wise, all of you should cheer this soccer tournament, as that means many OC restaurants will offer specials, open at special hours, and overall just be ... More >>
The eternal Mexican love for Mexico's soccer team, even when they're three generations into assimilation in the United States, makes gabachos even crazier than they usually are. Back in 2002, I wrote an op-ed about the subject for Pacific News Service, and the question inevitably floods my inbox eve ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do Mexicans sometimes pretend not to know English even though they do?
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And is it Dia de los Muertos or Dia de Muertos?
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do rockeros despise Maná?
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do Mexicans like Buchanan's whiskey so much?
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do they haggle over the price of everything?
Fullerton Mayor Sharon Quirk-Silva is hoping to use Assemblyman Chris Norby's recent remarks about Title IX, the 1972 federal law mandating gender equality in college and high school sports, to help swap a woman for a man in the state's lower legislative house.That woman would be Quirk-Silva, the D ... More >>
Professional soccer player Brandi Chastain, who is known internationally for whipping off her jersey and falling to her knees in her sports bra after the U.S. defeated China in the 1999 Women's World Cup at the Rose Bowl, was under the California Capitol dome Monday as the state Assembly recognized ... More >>
[Web Exclusive!] Indianapolis mobilizes for an epic battle with an urban legend
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why aren't Americans taking jobs away from Mexicans?
The new face of leadership with U.S. men's soccer.The flirtation is finally over. After several previous attempts to hire the former German soccer legend, Juergen Klinsmann has been hired to coach the United States Men's Soccer team.Klinsmann resembles Kevin Costner and comes with quite ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why are they so rude?
Flickr User etrusia_ukUPDATE, TUES., JAN. 25, 10:13 A.M.: Never mind. The restaurant has scrapped its Mufasa tacos due to "safety concerns and death threats." ORIGINAL ITEM, JAN. 24, 5 P.M.: What is it about Arizona restaurants and lion meat? Last summer, around the time of the World Cup in South ... More >>
ziggymarley.comFollowing the 2009 release of his children's album "Family Time," reggae musician Ziggy Marley is making music "wild and free" these days. A new series of singles randomly composed by the singer-guitarist are being released on his website as mp3 downloads with absolutely no cost to ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why Mexican men like to cry so pinche much
Keith May Break out the vuvuzelas! What'd you miss this weekend? We were in Long Beach's 2nd St. visiting all the World Cup viewing parties, checking out the gals of the Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque (straight outta Huntington Beach!), dropping in on the PETA protest of the Ringling Bros. circus ... More >>
Nadine's Irish Mist
Courtesy of Angels BaseballThis has been as odd a season of Major League Baseball as there has ever been. That's really saying something for an organized sport that has been played for more than 100 years.Consider the four no-hit games pitched before the break, how two of those no-hitters were perfe ... More >>
Nadine's Irish Mist
Doug NeillSo the weekend's over, the US is out of the World Cup, and yeah, you're back in the office. Already. But let's relive the weekend. Just for a bit. What'd you miss? We were all over the place again, dropping in on the Warped Tour in Carson, the Slam OC Skate Competition in Costa Mesa and ... More >>
The World Cup continues with the USA bowing out earlier than desired but still providing thrills for the sport's fans here in the States. It's amazing really that a nation that treats soccer like a colicky redheaded stepchild was treated to such a fine showing on the sport's biggest stage. This i ... More >>
The Olde Ship British Pub
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Also, how not to get your pregunta answered
Flickr User etrusia_ukDidja hear about the hullaballo over a restaurateur in Arizona who thought it was good idea to offer lion meat burgers to commemorate the World Cup in South Africa? Turns out one of the e-mail addressees on his restaurant's newsletter announcing the special meal was an a ... More >>
In his preview of the FIFA World Cup, Josh Cain ran down the locals and almost locals competing for the United States team. Among them was Landon Donovan, the 28-year-old Ontario native who just scored the winning goal that has sent America to the second round for the first time since the Stone A ... More >>
The Chivas Girls will be there, and so should you.If you're a soccer junkie and the World Cup just isn't enough for you (the awful number of draws probably isn't helping), then wake up early tomorrow and get your ass over to the Home Depot Center in Carson for the 11 a.m. kickoff of the friend ... More >>
What a great time to be a sports fan. The world's best soccer players are battling in South Africa, the world's best basketball teams played an epic Game 7 for the NBA Championship and, here in Orange County, the Angels are back!After a long struggle that had many reaching for the panic button, t ... More >>
www.comedycentral.com/tosh.0A week into the World Cup and everyone knows what the vuvuzela is. While the three-foot plastic horn responsible for the distracting buzzing noise that has become the backdrop of all 2010 FIFA games is probably not going to get banned because it's, well, cultural (and ... More >>
plasticpeople, under Creative Commons licenseThere were fans running through the streets of downtown Long Beach this afternoon, blowing vuvuzelas like they were in Polokwane, South Africa. They wore Dos Santos, Marquez, Fernandez and Blanco El Tri jerseys because, yes, Mexico just beat France in ... More >>
From the 2010 World Cup Facebook pageThe FIFA World Cup--you know, that massive sporting event that only comes around every four years, the one that the United States practically makes a sport out of ignoring--starts today in South Africa.Lots of Americans think soccer is boring. Well . . . it is ... More >>
Nadine's Irish Mist
The Weekly's guide to summer and sports
[Summer Guide] The sweet science and the ol' ballgame dominate the theater's sports-themed lineup
[Hole In the Wall] Four places to eat before a Halos game (and one to visit afterward)
[Summer Guide] At our local United Nations of bars and restaurants, every World Cup game can be a home game
In a way. Long Beach State journalism professor Christopher Karadjov also writes a weekly column for a Bulgarian newspaper about life in the States. In October, he wrote about my ¡Ask a Mexican! column to good feedback from his Bulgarian readership (whom, no doubt, are predisposed to like Mexicans ... More >>
While most of the country keeps its attention on football, there are those of us who also enjoy the unbridled, over-the-top passion of futbol. With the Major League Soccer playoffs just around the corner (they start this Thursday), it is only fitting to give props to the OC natives who are represe ... More >>
Special Food Edicion
'Real-life Mexicans not only dont care about those stereotypes, they embrace them'
Even if you're not interested in the World Cup and hate soccer, you can still appreciate a story that begins the way this one from the BBC does: "Football's governing body has explained why up to 1,000 Dutch fans watched a World Cup tie wearing no trousers." (football=soccer, in those countries livi ... More >>
Special FIFA World Cup/three question edition
Where to eat during the FIFA World Cup
Food, soccer and more of each