Gut Check followed this year's World Cup with unusual fervor, including our "World Cuppage" reports from venues around town, so indulge us as we pay our respects to one of our favorite characters from this year's competition. Paul the Psychic Octopus, who correctly predicted eight out of eight World ... More >>
We had $50 on the St. Louis Blues home opener as the St. Louis professional-sports debut of World Cup noisemaker icon the vuvuzela. However, an operative passed along this photo from last night's St. Louis Aces team-tennis match of a shirtless man serenading Aces Lindsay Davenport and Andrei Pavel w ... More >>
Image ViaA month's worth of incessantly buzzing vuvuzelas and ready-made excuses for early-morning drinking came to an unforgettable end yesterday afternoon when Spain, the pre-tournament favorites, defeated the Netherlands 1-0 on Andrés Iniesta's extra time goal.The matches might be over for th ... More >>
Here are a few photos and videos that encapsulate wild ambiance at Guido's on the Hill during Spain's 1-0 victory over the Netherlands in the 2010 World Cup final. Andrés Iniesta scored with just four minutes remaining in overtime to propel España to the first World Cup Championship in the nation ... More >>
Image viaWhat you won't see at this weekend's hot dog-eating contest.Longtime readers know that Gut Check feels nothing but spite toward competitive eating, but this story we could not ignore.From the blog BK Southie, via Eater, comes shocking news about this weekend's annual Nathan's Famous July ... More >>
Image sourceZakumi, the official mascot of the 2010 World Cup tournament. He's a green-haired leopard, in case you couldn't tell.You know the World Cup is on, right? Yeah, it is. Till July 11. Lots and lots of soccer. The rest of the world is going berserk right now. Here in St. Louis, a few ... More >>
Darth Vader Pez Dispenser: "Impressive."Have fun this weekend, but don't go broke. Here are our ten suggestions for weekend entertainment that will cost you $10 or less. Eighteenth-annual National PEZ Convention at the Marriott St. Louis West (Saturday) If you remember our 2007 feature story ... More >>
Image sourceThe gold is actually foil and there's milk chocolate underneath.The 2010 World Cup is finally here. Well, it's actually in South Africa, but thanks to the modern miracle known as ESPN, the games will be broadcast live at dozens of bars and restaurants in St. Louis.There's nothing quit ... More >>
Keough in the 1950s.It was 60 years ago this year that Harry Keough joined five other St. Louis natives (Frank Borghi, Gino Pariani, Pee Wee Wallace, Bob Annis, and Charley Columbo) in forming the bulk of the United States' 1950 World Cup soccer team. That 1950 team was the last to face England a ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsRuben Mendoza performs his signature move, the bicycle kickRuben Mendoza, a legendary soccer player and coach from St. Louis, died Sunday at the age of 78. He was a three-time Olympian and a member of the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame.Mendoza was perhaps best known locally as the ... More >>
Georgia rallies around its beloved peanut, salmonella outbreak be damned. (New York Times)The stark realities facing chain restaurants during the recession. (New York Times)From the You Can't Make This Stuff Up Dept.: North Korea accuses South Korea of food poisoning its soccer team prior to a World ... More >>
This World Cup game will make you shout like Andrés Cantor.
A vomiting A-B eagle and tales of AA misconduct are almost enough to put Unreal off the sauce (almost). Plus, two local kids kick Pokémon butt.
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Faded soccer glory seen in a U.S. World Cup team without St. Louis talent