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TALE OF THE TAPE

World Cup

  1. Luis Suarez of Uruguay reacts after a clash during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Uruguay at Estadio das Dunas on June 24, 2014 in Natal, Brazil. (Matthias Hangst/Getty Images) Tyson ear
    Tale Of The Tape: Better Biter – Tyson Vs. Suarez

    Uruguay striker Luis Suarez is the talk of the sports world after apparently biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini late in the final game of Group D’s World Cups opening round. Was the bite unprecedented? Not even for Suarez. Was it the most out-of-line tooth gouge in sports history? For that we need to measure it against Iron Mike Tyson’s 1997 munching of Evander Holyfield.

  2. BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 15: Switzerland celebrate after defeating Ecuador 2-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E match between Switzerland and Ecuador at Estadio Nacional on June 15, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) Tournament
    Tale Of The Tape: Better Work Distraction – World Cup Vs. March Madness

    Noticed your productivity dipping at work lately? Perhaps thy World Cup fan in the cube next to you yelling “Golazo” every time someone scores is to blame? All that daytime TV watching is a big distraction at work, but is it the biggest time-suck in the sporting world? We put it up against the classic, the NCAA Tournament’s March Madness, to see what which is a better diversion.

  3. (Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty Images) (Creative Commons License, cropped, copa2014.gov.br / Roberto Stuckert Filho/PR http://www.copa2014.gov.br/pt-br/noticia/dilma-rousseff-conhece-caxirola  )
    World Cup Noisemakers: South Africa’s Vuvuzela V. Brazil’s Caxirola

    With the FIFA ban on the mind-numbing drone sound of the Vuvuzela, Brazil debuts the maraca-like Caxirola, only to have it banned from stadiums too after angry fans threw theirs on the field in 2013 competitions. While both “instruments” are equally banned, are they equal when it comes to sheer cheering bliss?

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