Featured above to start with is a terrific photo of action in the quarter-final match which saw Argentina defeat the Red Devils from Belgium on Saturday.
Refugee by Tom Petty and the Heart-Breakers (With lyrics)
“When I read about the effects of doing drugs, I stopped reading.” — adapted from Henny Youngman
Below: Costa Rica’s goalkeeper Keylor Navas (1) stops a shot by Netherlands’ Robin van Persie (9) during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Now my picks for Tuesday’s first semi-final pitting Brazil against Germany: the Brazilians surprised me with a well-earned victory against Columbia while Germany, as expected, knocked off France in quarter-final games.
My pick: Germany ends Brazil’s hopes for a World Cup championship.
Final score: Germany 2; Brazil 1.
On Thursday (July 10th), the second semi-final sees Argentina, surprise winner over Belgium, take on Holland who fought their way forward to this round with a shoot-out win over up-start and surprising Costa Rica. My prediction will be part of Tuesday’s or Wednesday’s JuicyLesson. Betcha’ you can hardly wait, eh?
My record heading into Tuesday: 7-5.
A Good Freakin’ Short Joke:
Question: What do American beer and making love in a canoe have in common?
Answer: They’re both fucking close to water.
And now for three things you can’t say in Canada
— courtesy watchmojo.com
You might think Canadians are polite and easygoing but that’s only because you’ve never said any of these three things in front of them. Here’s how to make any Canadian turn as red as a maple leaf.
Disparaging Comments About Hockey
You might think P.K. Subban is a showboat or that the Ottawa Senators will never win a Stanley Cup, and you might be right, but be careful before you utter a disparaging remark about a hockey player or team in Canada. As a general rule, Toronto Maple Leafs insults can fly pretty much anywhere across the country, even in Toronto where fans mostly have a sense of humour. Montreal Canadiens insults, on the other hand, can get you in trouble whether you’re in Beaver Creek, Yukon, or Blackhead, Newfoundland. Habs fans are everywhere and there’s nothing funny about the most storied team in NHL history. So when it comes to insulting the sport of hockey, just don’t do it, unless you really want to see the gloves come off.
Cheese and Gravy? Ewww!
No one can deny the magical relationship between french fries and ketchup. However, if you’re ordering fries and you’re asked if you’d like poutine instead, your answer should always be yes. For the uninitiated, poutine is a common Canadian dish that consists of french fries topped with squeaky cheese curds and gravy. If you’re concerned about that expanding gut of yours, many restaurants offer a healthier, vegetarian gravy substitute. Some diehard poutine fans might call mushroom or vegetable gravy sacrilege, but the only real crime is opting for boring old french fries when you can indulge in a Canadian delicacy.
Hey! I’m Walking Here!
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Where do you think you are, New York City? In Canada, there’s only one thing you say when someone bumps into you: “sorry”. The classic apology can mean anything from sincere acknowledgement of a mistake to passive aggressive annoyance. Just be sure you don’t put any stink on the word; as annoyed as you might be, it’s important to say sorry without sounding like you’re trying to start something.
Sunday was the one-year anniversary of a horrible event in the history of both Quebec and Canada … Lac Megantic just about disappears in a disastrous train explosion which killed no less than 47 people, from children to seniors.
Believe it or not, this photo was shot a full 20 hours after the train actually blew up, wreaking death and destruction and literally wiping out most of downtown Megantic.
May the people living in Lac Megantic continue to re-build their lives successfully.
Poutine now on my list of musts. In the states also traditions of fries w gravy. See Barry Levinson’s movie “Diner””. Shot in Baltimore taking place in the 60s,we New Yorkers saw people eating fries with gravy for the first time. The Gravy was plain brown gravy, the type you would pour on dry sliced turkey. Was pretty good with the fries I must say, although the Canadian version sounds better. Let’s go Habs!
If you haven’t seen”Diner”, see it.it’s a must.
Thanks for that, Matthew. I see you have switched allegiances. I love faithful readers like you. BTW, I have seen Diner but it’s been a long time. Might look at it again time and the Lord permitting. Hang loose, man.