Get psyched for Qatar 2022!


Get psyched for Qatar 2022!

By Adam Hart

"Qatar?!" you might be saying, pronouncing it like this robot lady.

Yes, this Middle Eastern countryemirate landed the title of host of the 2022 World Cup, beating out Bill Clinton and the United States of America. Here's why:

1) Sure, it's parked in the same neighborhood as Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Yemen. But I hear they all recycle.

2) They're running out of ways to spend our oil monies.

3) You remember those female Dutch fans tossed out for rogue advertising? Tell them to stay home. The most reliable source in the world, The Internet, explains: "It doesn't need a very deep understanding of the culture here to realise that showing your stomach and thighs here is deeply offensive to locals." Finally, soccer fans won't be distracted by any of this. Or this. Except they might be, because the internet is a dirty, rotten liar.

4) Things promise to get weird -- two Vuvuzelas.

5) Average highs range from 106 to 111 degrees over the month-long span of June 11th to July 11th. "Woah, that's wicked hot!" Don't fret, it bottoms out at a cool 84 degrees. All start times will be from midnight to 5 a.m. local time, which means a more productive workday for Americans pretending to be interested in soccer.

6) The Qatari bid committee asked the right question:

7) Just kidding. They obviously replaced "Philly" with "Qatar" in this Southwest spot. Who could ever turn down the "Well, there's a lot, a lot of culture here" line?

8) Just throwing them a bone. The world won't be around to celebrate any type of cup -- World, Stanley or Solo -- in 2022 anyway. You know it, I know it, Lil' Wayne knows it:

"The world about to end in 2012 anyway. 'Cause the Mayans made calendars, and they stop at 2012. I got encyclopedias on the bus. The world is gonna end as we know it. You can see it already. A planet doesn't exist: There's no more Pluto. Planes are flying into buidlings -- and not just the Twin Towers, but dudes who play baseball Cory Lidle are flying planes into buildings. Mosquitoes bite you and you die. And a black man and woman are running for president!"

Encyclopedia don't lie.

9) Red Sox ownership bought Liverpool, an EPL team. Maybe this'll teach those pesky Americans to stick to their puny MLS.

10) The Middle East has never, ever hosted a World Cup. Sharing is caring.

That about wraps it up. There's no life lesson or snarky closing line. Go in peace and read something else on Wicked Good Sports.

Julien: 'A lot of problematic things' in Bruins loss to Avalanche

Julien: 'A lot of problematic things' in Bruins loss to Avalanche

BOSTON – The Bruins simply weren’t ready to play on Thursday night when the puck was dropped against the Colorado Avalanche at TD Garden. 

They fell down quickly by a 2-0 score, had a couple of completely inept power plays in the first period that sucked all the game’s momentum away from them and received some subpar goaltending from Anton Khudobin on the way to a 4-2 loss to the lowly Avs. About the only B’s person above reproach in this one was David Pastrnak after scoring a pair of goals in the second period to get Boston back into the game, but it all fell short in a very frustrating, lackadaisical loss to a Western Conference team that isn’t very good. 

Needless to say B’s coach Claude Julien wasn’t too happy after a loss where the Bruins might have had more success with a smarter approach to holding the puck. 

“There were a lot of problematic things [in the loss]. No doubt that the power play could have helped us in the first period, and failed to do that. They’ve got to be better,” said Julien. “We needed some saves tonight, and we didn’t get them. [Anton Khudobin] has got to be better. 

“A lot of things here that we can be better at, and take responsibility [for]. But at the same time, you got to move on here.  It’s one of those nights that had we been smarter from the get go, we would have had a chance.”

Clearly it was about a lacking group effort when dissecting the loss, and the minus-3 for David Krejci on Thursday night marked back-to-back negative performances from the playmaking Czech center in big spots. The goaltending was shoddy with Anton Khudobin allowing four goals on 22 shots for Colorado, and unable to make plays on a couple of Colorado shots from outside the painted area that built up the Avs lead in the first place. 

But it was also very much about the inability of the Bruins to generate consistent offense outside of David Pastrnak’s offensive burst in the second period, and the complete breakdown of the Boston power play in the opening 20 minutes. The Bruins struggled to enter the zone in their first PP possession of the game, and then allowed a Nathan MacKinnon shorthanded goal after Torey Krug futilely dove at the blue line to try and keep the puck in the offensive zone. 

The Krug misplay at the offensive blue line gave MacKinnon a clear path the net, and he buried a wrist shot past Khudobin to get the one-sided loss rolling. Beyond the costly mistakes that ended up in the back of the net, the Bruins looked sloppy and slow-reacting in their breakouts and more than willing to settle for outside perimeter shots.

That doesn’t exactly make for a winning combo even when it comes against a flawed, underachieving team like Colorado, and especially when it comes less than 24 hours after a hard-fought road game in Washington DC. 

“I think we were still sleeping there early in the game and they were able to capitalize on their opportunities. We couldn’t claw our way back,” said Brad Marchand, who picked up an assist on David Pastrnak’s second goal of the night on a perfect dish for the one-timer. “I think it was definitely a mental [block]. You’re able to battle through that physical fatigue. It was more the mental mistakes and not being prepared right off the hop of the start of the game. Again, that’s kind of where we lost it.”

The sleepwalking Bruins lost Thursday night’s valuable two points as soon as the opening puck was dropped against the Avalanche, of course, and the Bruins never got out of lollygag mode at a time when intensity should have been automatic. 

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Chiefs hold off Raiders 21-13 to take control of AFC West


THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Chiefs hold off Raiders 21-13 to take control of AFC West

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Tyreek Hill had touchdowns receiving and on a punt return, Kansas City's defense made life miserable for Oakland quarterback Derek Carr, and the Chiefs beat the Raiders 21-13 on a frigid Thursday night to take control of the AFC West.

Charcandrick West also had a touchdown run for the Chiefs (10-3). They moved into a first-place tie with Oakland (10-3) but holds the tiebreaker with two wins over their longtime divisional rival.

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