A fusion of World Cup and NBA form most of this batch of “David’s Citations” for the interesting, zany and just plain weird in sports;
Two New Trail of Tears: In Brazil and Miami. 7-1 on home turf and bye-bye Lebron.
Most damning commentary: The radio broadcasters for the Germany-Brazil World Cup match noted that the Germans appeared to miss a goal or two late and noted Germany could have won by double digits.
Best impersonation of Little Rock Hall’s soccer team: Brazil in its Murphy’s Law 7-1 loss to Germany that put a nation on suicide watch.
Best ratings bonanza: The Brazil-Germany match drew 35 million television viewers in the U.S., the most by a sporting event his year, easily exceeding the Super Bowl.
Best World Cup headline: By the New York Post: “Das Boot!”
Heil Lang Syne: According to a measurement by Twitter, there was an especially large and distinctive spike recently in the word “Nazi” used in tweets. It occurred when Germany scored its goal against the Americans.
Best Brazilian wax: By Germany
Best social media creations about the World Cup: A website especially devoted to Brazilians crying and a photo on Facebook of Christ of the Andes with its outstretched arms, noting, “They beat us by this much.”
We Feel the Pain: Arkansas fans remember that football game against Miami at War Memorial Stadium.
You Can Go Home Again: LeBron James
Best Reversal: Cleveland fans are now retrieving those partially burned Cavalier LeBron James jerseys while Miami Heat fans are burning theirs.
Most glaring omission: Despite a 4-6 season in its return to football since 1961, there is nary a line about Hendrix in Hooten’s Arkansas Football magazine.
Finally, a neighborhood, in-state rivalry: UCA vs. UALR in men’s basketball.
A Most Efficient Event: The Arkansas Activities Association inducted 12 new members into its officials Hall of Fame, coaches Hall of Fame and administrators Hall of Fame plus two special recognitions in a program that lasted less than a hour. Marvelous things can be accomplished with video interviews beforehand.
Not cool anymore: The Miami Heat
(Sports columnist David McCollum can be reached at 501-505-1235 or firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on twitter @dmaclcd)