Argentina’s such a diva

In what I feel is one of the funniest stories to come out of the World Cup so far, the list of demands made by Argentina to the University of Pretoria’s High Performance Center, where they will be staying for the duration of the cup, has been made public. And wow, what a list!!

Included in these demands were:

  • ten hot dishes a day, as well as 14 different salads for every meal
  • three different pasta sauces for every meal and at least three desserts
  • braai once every three days
  • ice cream available all day
  • six playstations for the players to use
  • all the rooms to be painted white

On top of those crazy demands (14 salads, really??), the sinks and toilets in the two washrooms reserved for Maradona had to be replaced. The bidet that has been installed includes a heated seat.  Yes, you read right: a heated seat. Diva much, Maradona??

Other teams had much simpler, less crazy demands.

  • Brazil requested lots of coffee and cookies, and no chocolate, as well that the pool be heated to 32°C
  • Slovakians have asked for two table tennis tables and an electronic dartboard
  • North Koreans have asked for Korean rice with all meals and the exclusive use of an entire floor of the hotel
  • The Italians are bringing their own gym equipment, as well as their own pasta
  • The Mexicans are bringing their own priest

It’s almost like J.Lo and Brangelina are staying there, not athletes!! Oh, well, I guess everyone needs somewhere to unwind and relax during the crazy, stressful month that is the World Cup. Still, 14 salads??

~Suz

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Nike’s “Write The Future”

Nike has come out with an amazing new commercial for the World Cup.

Entitled “Write The Future,” this three minute epic commercial features more than a dozen of the world’s best players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Didier Drogba, Landon Donovan, Ronaldinho, and Thiago Silva, as well as special guest cameos from tennis legend Roger Federer, basketball superstar Kobe Bryant and Homer Simpson.

I love this commercial. I think all the scenarious are brilliant. Showing the excitement of an imminent goal, the disappointment when it doesn’t happen, and the reaction to a surprise save is an amazing way to show all sides of one event. Rooney’s fantasy on winning and losing are absolutely hilarious, and Ronaldinho’s moves being YouTubed and ‘liked’ is a great way to show exactly how one moment becomes defining.

Here it is, in it’s full, three-minute format. I believe there is a short, TV-friendly version, but who wants to see that one??

Nike has always been known to have some of the best commercials out there for the World Cup. Two of the best examples I found were the Brazilian team waiting in the airport (which cause airports around the world to ban copycat fans) and the one where the soccer players are secret agents.

Hope you all enjoy watching them, and feel free to let me know of any others out there.

~Suz