Kickin' It: World Cup Draw, Mandela, and Strange Holiday Gifts

Bryn Lennon

Today is finally the day that we will find out the groups for the World Cup. Hooray! We have a few links on that for you here today, as well as a couple other things.

Draw Preview | SBNation

If you haven't already seen the beautiful preview compiled by SBNation. It's really good-looking and also informative.

Draw Rehearsal | The Independent

If FIFA are as corrupt as UEFA, then this may well be the result of the actual draw. I am basing this off of the fact that the Champions League practice draw ended up being the same as the actual draw. Hmm...

Group of Death for USA? | Business Insider

The way that the group pots are set up for the World Cup draw, the US will probably have a tricky road to the knockout stages. This is because they are arguably the strongest team in the weakest pot, so that doesn't bode well based on how the draw is made. I like this link because they have percentages of the strength of the groups they are likely to be drawn into.

Mandela Tributes from Across the Sporting World | FourFourTwo

If you were under a rock yesterday, chances are you still heard that Nelson Mandela passed away at the age of 95.

What Everyone Needs for Christmas: Zlatan Ibrahimovic Plush Doll | Who Ate all the Pies

On a slightly happier note, look at this Ibra doll! Unfortunately I made my Christmas list a couple weeks ago, but this may be a late addition. Check out some of the other items they had on the lists from years past as well, like this ceramic figure of Sergio Ramos defecating. Or this Zlatan Sweater. Happy holiday shopping!

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