It’s official, August is the most boring month on the calender. Having already given up on baseball as a professional sport due to its unfair treatment of everyone who is not a Red Sock or Yankee, I have been concentrating my efforts on getting as pumped up as possible for the upcoming NFL season. Even this is starting to wear on me as I’ve been inundated with news of some fellow who enjoys fighting dogs in his spare time more so than actual previews of the upcoming season. Despite this, I am chomping at the bit to see the Bengals dominate the league, along with the rest of my fantasy roster, leading me to the glory and infamy I so deserve. Since I’ve been playing club Rugby all summer, I’ve also decided to take an interest in the World Cup of Rugby starting September 7th. I was just informed that it’s the 4th most watched sporting event in the world behind the World Cup of Soccer and the Olympic Games ( I too thought more people watched Dancing with the Stars than the Winter Olympics, Who knew?). I would be surprised to find out that more than a handful of Americans other than their 30 man roster and Miss Teen South Carolina have even heard of the game which means that countries like England, Australia, New Zealand and France will be literally shutting down to watch their home sides. I think this kind of obsessive fandom is greater than any in our domestic professional leagues. The drinking and rioting that go along with it mean that it can only be undertaken every four years for everyones safety. Speaking of safety, the other reason I wanted to wrote this post was to have an excuse to show you this clip of Sebastian Chabal. He plays for France, which is the site of the tournament and is clearly a deranged individual. If anyone could take down Kimbo Slice, I’d put my money on this guy, and not just because he looks like the white version of him.
I’m pretty sure he broke that guys jaw when he headbutted him. Also, I’m going to make two predictions: Canada will make it to the knockout round and France will ride homefield advantage to victory.