Former Pope Benedict XVI is reportedly pleased with the outcome of FIFA's 2014 World Cup that saw Germany as the victor, although the ex-pontiff said he hopes Argentina recovers from its loss soon.
Archbishop Georg Gaenswein, the secretary for Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, confirmed Monday that the former pope had been pleased with the outcome of the final World Cup game, as some of the players on Germany's national team hailed from Bavaria, the same region Benedict calls his hometown.
Gaenswein told Vatican Radio that although Benedict did applaud the German victory, he did not in fact watch the game that aired internationally on Sunday. Rather, Benedict was asleep during the game, although his staff "all supported Germany." more >>
The U.S. soccer team did the impossible - they briefly got Americans interested in soccer. We Americans do not like a sport where the score seems to be always 0 to 0. I scored more in junior high school. Well, maybe the same.
Most countries fervent about soccer take the day off for the World Cup, although they will shut down for pretty much anything at any time if it involves drinking and the possibility of a fistfight. Most soccer countries have a riot-based economy anyway.
FIFA, the world soccer, tax-exempt organization that puts on the World Cup, is about as corrupt as the UN. Yet when our country is involved, even if it involves cock fighting, we patriotically care. more >>
That mushroom cloud you have seen lately is the Internet detonating at the news that LeBron James is returning to Cleveland. We Frenches are absolutely rabid NBA basketball fans. I came by my love of the game growing up in Kentucky, where virtually every single day I'd play basketball until it was too dark to see the goal. When it snowed, the first thing I'd do was run outside and start shoveling until at least the free-throw line was clear. One of the great disappointments of my childhood was the slow realization that - for all my practice - I was never going to be that good. There's just not much of a market for slow six-foot guards who can't create their own shot.
But I still loved the game. While college ball was a fun diversion, I always saw it as second best, nothing more than an entertaining minor league for the real game, the pro game. Nothing beat Magic and Larry going head to head, or watching Jordan go for 63 in the Boston Garden, or - as I got older - watching Allen Iverson play with speed and quickness I'd never seen before.
Today, with three kids, basketball season is our favorite season. We get NBA League Pass, we drive down to as many Memphis Grizzlies games as we can (our closest team and a great, hustling squad that's truly bonded with the city), and we hang on every second of the playoffs, drawing up brackets like most families do with March Madness. And, yes, my kids are fascinated by the league's stars - following them on Instagram and sharing stories about their lives off the court with almost as much gusto as they share the on-court exploits. more >>
Carl Lentz, the popular pastor of Hillsong Church in New York City, officiated the wedding of Raptors' shooting guard Landry Fields and his model girlfriend, Elaine Alden, Saturday.
Lentz shared in an online photo of himself, wife, Laura Lentz, and the bride and groom, "It's a special thing to be a part of a couples wedding and marriage." He added, while tagging Fields and Alden, "Love you both!"
Landry, formerly of the New York Knicks and who considers Hillsong NYC his church family, also shared an image online of he and his new bride making it official and described his wife as a "trophy of God's GRACE." more >>
Following Lebron James' announcement on Friday that he would be taking his talents from South Beach back to Cleveland, "the biggest Miami Heat fan in the world among pastors" expressed his surprise, grief — and admiration.
Tullian Tchividjian, who pastors at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, never dreamed that his team's best player would be leaving the squad following their defeat in the NBA finals last month.
"I was devastated. Literally. I'm a grown 41-year-old man — I shouldn't be that devastated about stuff like this, but we were just in shock," Tchividjian, a "diehard Heat fan," told The Christian Post, adding that he figured that given Pat Riley's persuasive skills and the fact that the Heat had lost, James would likely be sticking around for another year. more >>
Despite America's 2-1 loss to Belgium in Tuesday's round of 16 World Cup match, soccer fans stateside have crowned the U.S. team's devout Christian goalkeeper Tim Howard a hero for his 16 epic and historic saves under relentless fire from the constantly attacking Belgians.
According to goal.com, Howard, 35, had the most saves in a World Cup match since 1966 when the statistic was first recorded. Now America is in the throes of Howard mania.
The plucky goalie has sparked an unending stream of impressive memes and is a trending topic on Twitter but that's not where the Tim Howard mania ends. more >>