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Thursday, January 18, 2021

cross-currency
Attention, senior citizens of America: Next time you make a run for the (northern) border for your discounted meds, make the most of your trip and pick up an iPod Nano or two for the grandkids.

Sound like an expensive proposition? Actually, you can’t afford not to splurge on the kids! According to a newly-instituted purchasing power index, Canada is the cheapest place on the globe to buy the ubiquitous MP3 player.

Along the lines of the Big Mac index launched 20 years ago by The Economist magazine, the survey prices the 2GB Nano in U.S. dollars and found Brazilians pay the most for an iPod, shelling out $327.71, well above second-placed India at $222.27.

Canada was the cheapest place to buy a Nano at $144.20, while Australia ranked 19th at $172.36, cheaper than Germany ($192.46), France ($205.80), South Korea ($176.17) and China where the machine is manufactured. The U.S. was fourth cheapest at $149.

Looks like border-crossing officials are going to have to start eyeballing what’s attached to drivers’ earbuds, before this gets out of hand.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 01/18/2007 10:23:00 PM
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fight like a girl
Straight outta Toronto, and now invading New York City via Brooklyn, the Pillow Fight League brings two thoughts to my mind:

1. The kitschy fighter names/personalities (my favorite is Betty Clock’er, with Ruth Lesley — say it realfast — a close second) makes it obvious that this is a postmodern version of the original bad-girl sporting spectacle, roller derby.

2. You can expect to see PFL matches on Spike TV any day now. That’s if ESPN doesn’t beat them to it (and I wish I were kidding about that second part).

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 01/18/2007 09:56:19 PM
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Have no doubt, the five-year, $250-million deal that brings David Beckham to the Los Angeles Galaxy will indeed have a major impact on soccer in the United States.

And here’s what it’ll be: A whole generation of soccer tykes, when witnessing their teammates screw up on the field, will let fly the backhanded jeer, “Way to go, Beckham!”. Thus putting the original “Way to go, Pele!” — forged during soccer’s last heady American heyday in the 1970s — out to overdue pasture.

Beyond that? Sorry, no.

Simply put: Beckham’s playing in MLS because he wants to be in L.A. — not the other way around.

The Pele-NASL-Cosmos comparison may be too convenient to seize upon, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t fit. Just as the Brazilian superstar was playing out the string of his on-field career 30 years ago in New York, Beckham’s making plans for a Hollywood future, and any benefit to Stateside soccer will be short-lived and largely incidental. Anyone expecting more than that is kidding themselves.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 01/18/2007 09:09:30 PM
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