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World Cup Soccer Rage and Rivalry on 'Daily Show' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jun 24th 2010 5:30AM
World Cup Soccer Rage, Rivalry on 'Daily Show'Though the U.S. and the U.K. are commonly political allies, when it comes to soccer and the World Cup coverage on 'The Daily Show' (weeknights, 11PM ET on COM), all bets are off. Both the England and United States soccer teams have moved on to the next round of competition, so the rivalry continues: America vs. England, John Stewart vs. John Oliver.

"You're obviously going against Germany in the next round ... a difficult match," said Stewart to the English staffer.

"If Germany gives you guys, England, your side any trouble and you need America to swoop in and bail your asses out again, let us know," Stewart added. Oliver responded with some soccer rage, shouting, "[Beep] you so much! [Beep] you, John!"

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A World Cup Guide From a TV Fan's Point of View

by Scott Harris, posted Jun 17th 2010 1:00PM
Soccer: it seems like the simplest sport in the world. After all, it's basically just 22 guys kicking a ball around a giant field until one of them knocks it through the goal except, oh yeah, you can't use your hands. Simple. So why is the World Cup so confusing to watch on television?

For decades, media pundits and sports snobs have been claiming that Americans don't like soccer, but the truth of the matter is that we like the sport just fine -- it's watching it on television that turns us off.

That's because viewing a match is so fundamentally different from the way that we watch all of our other sports that the networks can turn a basic header into a total head-scratcher by the time they're done with it.

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'Colbert Report' Debates Validity of Soccer (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jun 11th 2010 5:49AM
'Colbert Report' Debates Validity of SoccerEvery four years, Americans hear sports pundits musing over something called the World Cup. Soccer? Athletes from other countries? Stephen Colbert is confused, and challenges a writer on 'The Colbert Report' (weeknights, 11:30PM ET on COM) to defend the sport.

"Do you think that soccer is a sport?" asks Colbert. Counters the writer, "It's played by the greatest athletes in the world."

"They're not American athletes," says Colbert, with feigned jingoism.

"They're not freaks of nature ... someone who's 7-feet-5 and 365 pounds." Of course Colbert has a comeback for that argument as well.

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2010 World Cup Schedule on TV: Get Ready for Some Football (AKA Soccer)

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Jun 9th 2010 7:00PM

This summer brings the biggest event in football -- or soccer as we call it on this side of the pond. It's the Super Bowl for the international set and the best soccer teams from around the globe are gearing up to stake their claim on the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The 2010 World Cup Television Schedule will play on several different stations including ESPN, ESPN2, ABC and games will stream online at ESPN360.com.

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What's On Tonight: Goode Family, Law and Order, Reno 911

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 3rd 2009 4:02PM
  • WipeoutAt 8, ABC has a new Wipeout, followed by two new episodes of The Goode Family and a new The Unusuals.
  • FOX has a new, two-hour So You Think You Can Dance at 8.
  • NBC has a new I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Outta Here at 8, then the second part of Inside The Obama White House and the season finale of Law and Order.
  • At 9, TBS has two new episodes of Tyler Perry's House of Payne, followed by two new episodes of Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns.
  • Discovery has a new Mythbusters at 9, then a new Pitchmen.
  • A&E has a new Dog The Bounty Hunter at 9, then two new episodes of Tattoo Highway.
  • History Channel has a new MonsterQuest at 9.
  • At 10, ESPN has a World Cup Qualifying Match, U.S. vs. Costa Rica.
  • At 10:30, Comedy Central has a new Reno 911!

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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World Cup ratings are astounding

by Anna Johns, posted Jul 25th 2006 5:41PM
fifa; world cup; germanyIf I were in charge of an American television network, I would be brainstorming ways to get Americans excited about soccer. The ratings for World Cup are out of this world. The average television audience, worldwide, for the month-long tournament was 93 million viewers for each match. 93 MILLION. And more than 5.6 BILLION (yes, that's a 'B') watched matches live in 54 global markets. The final match between Italy and France garnered an estimated 284 million viewers.

Reuters compares those numbers to America's biggest sporting event, the Super Bowl, and determines that World Cup numbers are equivalent to 64 Super Bowls. Mama mia!

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The Travel Channel is Drew Carey's bitch

by Anna Johns, posted Jul 15th 2006 12:12PM
drew careyDrew Carey is hosting a new show on The Travel Channel called Drew Carey's Sporting Adventures. The first episode aired last month (did anybody see it?). The hook for the show is that the comedian travels the world to teach us about international sports, beer and fight songs. It also looks like he gained back that weight he lost.

After seeing a promo for the show, I went to the Travel Channel's fan website to learn more about it. I discovered links to video, blogs and photos but none of them actually feature Drew Carey. The blog is from one of the producers and the behind-the-scenes video is voiced and edited by a cameraman. WTF? Where's Drew? Phoning it in. That's where he is.

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Materazzi gets "a head" in soccer

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 10th 2006 5:36PM
I don't really follow sports, and I definitely don't keep track of what's going on as far as the World Cup is concerned, but a couple blogs are mentioning a recent scuffle between Zinedine Zidane and Marco Materazzi that culminated in Zidane headbutting Materazzi and sending him flailing to the ground. If you look at the lovely GIF of the incident, it looks as if Materazzi is actually being headbutted in the chin and neck, which means Zidane's aim isn't very good. Speculation is abound over just what set Zidane off, but apparently it had something to do with a racist comment that was made by Materazzi. All I know is that I've never understood headbutting as a form of fighting, as it would seem to do just as much damage to you as your opponent. This is why soccer players should carry knives ... wait, no.

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What's on tonight: Celebrate the Fourth!

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 4th 2006 4:58PM
  • At 8pm, CBS has A Hero's Welcome, followed by a repeat NCIS, then the Boston Pops Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular.
  • PBS has A Capitol Fourth, from Washington, D.C.
  • Also at 8: TCM has Mr. Smith Goes To Washington.
  • At 9, NBC has the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular.
  • TLC has a new Overhaulin' at 9.
  • Biography Channel has Tom Selleck in Ike: Countdown to D-Day. It's on at 9 too.
  • At 9:30, ESPN2 has World Cup coverage.
  • At 10, ABC has An American Celebration at Ford's Theater: The Fourth of July Special.
  • The Sci-Fi Channel has another day of their Twilight Zone marathon all day and night (until 10pm).
  • USA is showing a Monk marathon all day and night.

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And I Quote: the best one-liners of the week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 16th 2006 2:42PM
  • Conan O'Brien"This Paris Hilton, she's beautiful, and many of us have seen her naked..." - David Letterman, on his guest Paris Hilton
  • "Jack, I had a seven year relationship...you had a restraining order from the U.S. Gymnastics Team." - Will, to Jack, who told him that he too has had to get over a lot of relationships in the past, on Will and Grace.
  • "Ann Coulter and George Carlin are on the show tonight. That's the last time we have eharmony.com pick our guests." - Jay Leno
  • "It's estimated that over 40,000 prostitutes have gone to Germany for the World Cup. This is the only chance the U.S. team has of scoring." - Conan O'Brien

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The Daily Show: June 8, 2006

by Annie Wu, posted Jun 9th 2006 12:55PM
The Daily Show"Sheikh's Feet Under": Big news! Abu Mousab al-Zarqawi (aka Stinky) has been found dead. When Donald Rumsfeld made the announcement, he sounded a little choked up because it's the first thing he's done right. The news was accepted quietly, but the press conference in Iraq was met with cheers. Correspondent Samantha Bee explained that the death of Zarqawi and eight other martyrs is going to make for a sucky day for virgin wranglers in Heaven. Some of the lower ranking guys probably won't get full complement... the cherry orchard may have a few bruised fruits... some of those girls might be whores.

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Free Summer TV DVD! TV Guide in 60 seconds

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 4th 2006 9:29AM
  • The CloserOn the cover: everything you need to know about the summer TV season, complete with a free DVD containing previews of several shows, including America's Got Talent, The Closer, and Rock Star. You can watch an interview with Simon Cowell from America's Got Talent here.
  • Matt Roush reviews Windfall, The 4400, Lovespring International, and Dog Bites Man.
  • An interview with G4's (and Howard Stern's girlfriend) Beth Ostrosky.
  • Remember David Chokachi from Baywatch? He has a new summer show too.
  • In the print edition: behind the scenes of Game Show Marathon, a sneak peek at all the big summer sporting events (the World Cup and The Tour De France), and a preview of what's coming up on the last season of Deadwood.

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