Just a few days ago prospected starter for the United States Soccer National Team, Charlie Davies was severely injured in a car accident in which one person was killed. He broke two bones in his right leg, one in his left elbow, and also a lacerated bladder and facial fractures. He will be hospitalized for at least a week with a projected recovery time of six to twelve months.
In support of Charlie many fans waved white cards with the number nine printed on them in the ninth minute of the U.S. vs. Costa Rica game on Wednesday. Also, long time friend of Charlie's, Jozy Altidore wore the number nine underneath his own jersey and was given a yellow card for lifting his shirt in celebration during the game. Afterward he had the shirt sent to Charlie in the hospital quoting, "Charlie is like a brother to me, so it was really tough news for me to hear."
Through recent studies, there has been evidence that links a somewhat staggering divide between those who live in a more "affluent demographic" and the lower to middle class society even in social networking. There seems to be a trend in movement from Myspace to Facebook in those who are members of these affluent demographics. Showing statistics that those on Facebook are more likely to be college educated and above. While those on Myspace have larger membership from blue-collar and middle class members of society. The most staggering of the major networking sites is that of Twitter, which is targeted towards white-collar professionals. Almost 38 percent of its users make over 100,000 dollars a year.
In a study taken by Danah Boyd, she found that in High School most people start off with a Myspace account, but by the team they graduated either use both Myspace and Facebook, or have completely switched to Facebook. People used such reasoning like Facebook is safer, or even saying that Myspace was "ghetto".
None of the findings are very conclusive in any way. Nor do they seem to show some type of networking racism, however it is interesting to see the social choices people take to stick with those who are in their same "scene".
Brett Farve became the first quarterback in NFL history Saturday to defeat all 32 teams in the league. Leaving is team of 16 years for last. Evidently all the hype behind whether or not he could still play the game was of no concern to Farve as he threw for 271 yards and 3 touchdown passes. He also went 24 for 31 with no turnovers. The man is still simply phenomenal. It was reported today that the game set new heights for "Monday Night Football" with over 21.8 million viewers. Shattering the previous record set by the Philadelphia Eagles vs. the Dallas Cowboys of 18.6 million viewers.
With the victory the Vikings move on to a 4-0 record and are beginning to make a very impressive name for themselves throughout the NFL. As stated by Favre himself, "It's why I play the game. It was fun. It never gets old to me, even though I do."
Real Madrid drop their first match of the season without their $131,000,000 striker Cristiano Ronaldo. Out with an ankle injury, it seems that although Real spent upwards of $360,000,000 on transferring in new talent this year on players like Kaka and Benzema, that they still may be too dependent on a skills of single players. A problem that no top flight team in La Liga can afford to have especially if they plan on staying in the running for the league and tournament play.
"Cristiano is great player who can decide a game, open up a game, but a club like Real Madrid cannot afford to depend on only one player. It should be above individuals," Pardeza told daily newspaper El Mundo.
Teams such as Barcelona will make the season very difficult for Real if their poor defensive strength and dependence on individual players becomes habitual. Currently Real are only 3 points behind Barcelona in the table for La Liga, but the returning treble winners are showing no signs of slowing down. It will more collective effort and drive from Madrid if they hope to dethrone last years Spanish and UCL Champions.