There’s never a dull year in the world of sports, and 2014 was certainly no exception. While it definitely had its low points (Donald Sterling, Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson), 2014 still produced more than its fair share of memorable games, performances and moments, so let’s take a look back at some of the best things that the world of sports had to offer in 2014.
We have all been ranting about Germany’s epic 7-1 beat down of Brazil in the semifinals of the 2014 World Cup for a few days now. Personally I’ve been scrambling for an explanation for how the host country fell apart in such epic fashion. Thanks to some digging, I may have figured out the real reason for A Seleção’s collapse.
If you look closely at the video below, you can tell why Germany had such an easy time scoring. The Brazilians weren’t actually on the field! Look, Julio Cesar, David Luiz, Marcelo, Bernard, Maicon and company were clearly off getting hot pretzels. How did Luiz Felipe Scolari allow this to happen?!?
Check out the video below:
Seriously, that really explains a lot. I really can’t believe I didn’t catch that the first few times I watched the game.
A portion of the stadium that will host the opening game of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil collapsed on Wednesday, killing at least two people and causing significant damage. It was just the latest setback hampering next year’s World Cup.
Part of a 500-ton metal structure cut through the outer walls of Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, destroying some of the seats on the eastern side of the building and crashing into a huge LED panel that runs across the stadium’s facade. The accident could further delay delivery of the stadium, which was reportedly almost finished before Wednesday’s collapse.
FIFA has set a December deadline for all World Cup venues to be finished.
Local media is reporting that a third person has been hospitalized in critical condition, but the death toll only stands at two for now. The accident happened during lunch time, so many of the workers were not on site when a crane collapsed on top of the metal structure, causing the rest of the damage to occur in a domino effect.
Itaquerao Stadium has cost nearly $360 million and will seat nearly 70,000 people, it will host the event’s opening game on June 12 when Brazil will play. About 20,000 seats will be temporary and installed just for the World Cup opener.
Brazil is running up against the clock to deliver the final six World Cup stadiums by the end of the year. Itaquerao’s construction had gone quickly and smoothly compared to other venues. FIFA has been pressuring local organizers to make sure all of the venues are ready by the December deadline so all test events can take place in time for the World Cup.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter said he was “deeply saddened by the tragic death of workers” at the stadium and sent his condolences to the families.
As of now the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is looking like a disaster preparation-wise.
Protests in Brazil over the past week have turned violent and the games of FIFA’s Confederations Cup have become a flashpoint for controversy. FIFA has denied that the Confed Cup could be canceled as a result of the protests, but there are now serious questions about country’s ability to host and offer security for a major international sporting event.
The ground ball through Bill Buckner’s legs.
Christian Laettner in the final second of double overtime v. Kentucky.
John Elway and the 98-yard drive.
Now it’s time to add Abby Wambach in the 122nd minute to the collection.