What a World Cup! I hope you all enjoyed that month of magic and drama. Sometimes literally with the drama - did you see that Neymar spent 14 full minutes lying down? That’s ⅙ of an entire match. On his back.
As for the real drama, Croatia, a country with a total population less than our very own Atlanta metro area, nearly pulled off a crazy upset by winning the World Cup over the likes of heavily favored Brazil, Belgium, Germany, Argentina, and Spain. And they did it through two shootouts and an extra time win in the knockout rounds. In the end, however, it was like something out of a Hanson song, with France finally capturing the title that was just a Zinedine Zidane headbutt away 12 years ago. In fact, France only conceded 6 goals the entire World Cup. Croatia gave up 9, England 8, and Belgium 6. The importance of saving, indeed!
After the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo got transferred to Juventus for roughly £105M (or £500,000-ish per week) and, to bring it back to things that matter in American sports, LeBron James moved to the LA Lakers for $154M ($740,000-ish per week for a four-year contract).
These guys are all set for life now, right? Who needs four years, give us $740,000-ish per week for six weeks and we’ll be set.* Unfortunately, more often than not that’s not how it works out.
About the Blog:
Here lives our collection of newsletters, articles, and some occasional guest posts by outside authors (where indicated) who have quoted us. If you're interested, feel free to browse through the archives here.