World Cup 2018

Five Best Howlers of World Cup 2018

By Matthew Celentano   In case you haven’t noticed, we like howlers. They’re a part of the game that’s oft-overlooked, outshined by more glamorous cousins: the screamer, the cracker, the mazy run, even the tackle-and-a-half. There’s something about a howler that’s perversely enjoyable to watch, like a video of someone falling that you can’t help …

Pure Unbridled Joy

By J. Blue Chattigre   It’s a familiar enough expression, but we seldom get the opportunity to actually use it in real life, much less see and feel the real thing for ourselves. But when England prevailed over Colombia, after a roller-coaster penalty kick shootout following an already heartbreaking end to regulation and thus earning …

We Won the World Cup, by Dennie Wendt

I had never looked forward to a sporting event as I did the 1990 World Cup. ’86 had been wildly entertaining, but it had been hard to track—in that pre-historic era, my family got by without cable. For Italia ’90 though, I was set: It was a college summer, a friend’s house needed sitting, and they …

Who’s That I See?, by Manuel Veth

Day 23 During the World Cup, Howler will feature a different writer each day reflecting on the action, their experience of the day’s games, or just offering a consideration of what they’ve seen and felt so far. Today, Manuel Veth compares two of the greatest playmakers to grace the game. In the buildup of the …

2018 World Cup All Hair Team, By Jules Boykoff

HAIR Magazine recently noted, “Male grooming has undergone something of a revival across the hair and beauty industry over the last few years, with hair care, beards and skincare the being the main focus.” This “revival” has manifested itself in glorious Technicolor at this year’s World Cup. As such, it’s time to announce the 2018 …

When Home is Hrvatska, by Dave Hageman

Day 22 During the World Cup, Howler will feature a different writer for each day of games. Today, sometime Anglophile Dave Hageman, on why he’s happy for Croatia.   While they might be marginally more likable than England teams past, I must confess that I was rather ambivalent about hopping aboard the England bandwagon despite …

All the Information, by Deji Bryce Olukotun

In 1994 my mind exploded. The World Cup came to the United States, and I went crazy with many of my friends in central New Jersey. I mowed our lawn to match the brilliant circular patterns etched into Chicago’s Wrigley Field, blazing over hornet nests and daddy-longlegs so that we could pretend we were the …