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JuicyLesson 246: Around the World in 360 Degrees … Sports Shorts and Some Other Stuff … My View of Facebook … Photos from the World Cup …

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Featured today is a beautiful video – “Around the World in 360 Degrees”. The scenery defies description.

Messy’s goal vs. feisty, valiant Iran, #’s 1 and 2: I had great video which I made directly from my TV of the heroic Messy goal with less than two minutes to go. I had to use Capture to record the video so that I can post it on my blog and that has to go through YouTube; anyway, FIFA has blocked my video as you will see if you click on either of the following two links.


Messy celebrating …
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Anyway, if, technically, there’s a way to skip the Capture stage and the YouTube stage that necessarily succeeds it, then I sure hope I’m able to find it. I’m thinking that I can transfer my videos directly to FB where my readers – who usually get the blog directly by clicking on the link I send or on the address of the site itself – will have to access it. Just this once, I’m afraid.

I have successfully uploaded the two above-mentioned videos to Facebook. Please check out my FB page (Jerry Cohen) to view them. I apologize to those of you who don’t have a Facebook account.

FB serves my interests. Judging from my average of around 60 hits a day, FB is serving its purpose by helping people gain access to wwww.AJuicyLessonPerDay.net which is the only reason I decided to post my Juicies on Facebook in the first place. That being said, however, I must add this: I am not that enamoured with FB what with posts re. whom I had lunch with yesterday, where I ate and with whom which may interest me and, perhaps, the person or people with whom I enjoyed this meal, but who the hell else in this world cares?

What we certainly don’t need is a humourless Samara Berlach taking a shot of her young son in a pot with the caption “What’s for dinner?” Then when I crack wise about the unfortunate happenstance whereby the kid looks like his Dad, I was “unfriended” by S.B. Or is it S.O.B.? Fuck you Samara and the horse that you rode in on.

Another thing about FB. Let me tell you moms something. Very few people outside your immediate family and, perhaps, your small circle of very close friends of which I am not one, want to see 15 pictures of your kids, one or two, maybe, but not ten or fifteen. Basically, what I am saying is that the vast majority of the posts I view on Facebook and other social media sites – I don’t know – concern superficial shit, stuff in which no one else except the poster/poser is even remotely interested.

We are presently in Lake George. We decided to take off for a couple of days, planning to return Monday. Nice place. The last time I was here, it was on a stop-over on my return trip from NYC and I was tired, thus I had neither the time nor the inclination to trip out around here and to see what’s what. Things’ll be different today even though Lee’s health isn’t perfect. Here’s hoping.

Sports Shorts:
The Rangers used their final compliance buy-out on Brad Richards, who skates away with his 63 points in 82 regular season games and 25 play-off games as well as with the gross amount (pun intended) of about $20 million. Let’s see. Richards “amasses” a total of 63 points in 107 games, a clip slightly better than 1/2 point per game. That’s what one gets for slightly-less-than a $7 million cap hit these days.

Today, in World Cup action from Brazil, it’s match-ups from Groups “H” and “I”: Belgium plays Russia and South Korea entertains Algeria in Group H, while, at 6 pm EST, it’s the Americans vs. Ronaldo and Portugal. Ronaldo looked not to be himself in Portugal’s humiliating 4-0 whitewash by Germany in the opening game for both these sides. He has an injured knee, we all know that, the question is how seriously hurt is he?

Yesterday, in somewhat of a surprising result, Ghana, who had lost their opening match to the Americans, almost beat Germany only to concede a late goal and finish with a 2-2 tie.

Germany 2-2 Ghana
Jun 21, 2014
Match Summary

The German legend, who equalled Ronaldo’s record 15 World Cup goals when he scored in the 71st minute, was brought on as a second-half substitute and delivered exactly what was needed to save the day.

Earlier Klose watched on as his team, the Germans, conceded two goals in quick succession to Ghana, after Germany had enjoyed a short-lived lead.

The high quality of football that is being produced at the World Cup was again highlighted as fans were treated to a thrilling contest in the humid Estadio Castelao situated in Brazil’s Fortaleza region.

In what should go down as one of the best matches of the tournament to date, neither of the sides were able to finish chances that were created in a tightly contested first half.

Although the start was slow, the second half saw four goals hit the back of the net in a matter of 20 minutes.

Germany opened the proverbial floodgates when Mario Gotze diverted the ball into the net with a scruffy finish which resulted from a wonderful pass by Thomas Muller.

While it took 51 minutes for the first goal, Ghana needed only three to draw level though Andre Ayew.

Harrison Afful delivered a perfectly timed cross from the right flank and Ayew obliged with a superb header.

Having come into the match following a poor start in their opener, Ghana showed that they had put that defeat in the past as they played with structure against a side that prides itself by just that.

Then came the moment that surprised all German fans.

Less than 10 minutes after drawing level, Ghana took the lead through Asamoah Gyan.

Gyan was played in by Sulley Muntari and he found the far corner of the net in what was one of the most clinical finishes of the tournament.

Suddenly, Ghana were ahead 2-1 and an upset was most definitely on the cards.

Klose was then called on to make the difference and would have the final say as he put one past the African contenders when, with one of his first touches of the contest, he diverted a Benedikt Howedes header into the back of the net.

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The result ensures that Germany remain at the summit of Group G on four points, while Ghana still have a slim chance of progressing to the Round of 16.
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North American Football
It’s portends to be a long season for the Montreal Alouettes if their two exhibition game losses are any indication of what’s to come when the Als open their 2014 regular campaign in Calgary this coming week. Their most recent defeat at the hands of the expansion Ottawa Red Blacks by the lop-sided score of 26-10 had me asking myself which was the expansion team – the totally inept Als, or the Ray Burris-led Red Blacks who gained almost 250 yards passing in the first half alone.

Alouette receiver, Chad Johnson
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Speaking of receivers, in the wake of Friday’s defeat, the Alouettes gave Jameel Richardson his walking papers. The once perennial 1000-yard receiver was never the same since being injured and missing most if not all of the 2012 season, I think it was.

That’s it for what turned out to be a wide-ranging JuicyLesson.

Have a good, solid week.

Peace.

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