It’s here again, National Ice Cream Day!

Ice_Cream

By Carmen Glover

What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Is it chocolate, rum and raisin, butter pecan? or is it cherry, strawberry, pistachio? Are you the adventurous type who prefers cookies and cream, chocolate chip or will a simple vanilla scoop do the trick? Do you prefer ice cream bars, sandwiches or cakes instead of a bowl, scoop, cone or sundae of the delicious treat? Do you dress up your ice cream with toppings and syrup?

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Whatever ice cream flavor or product causes you to quiver in excitement and move from side to side in uncontrolled anticipation, today is the day to soothe that craving. Yes, today is National Ice Cream Day and July is National Ice Cream Month. And some national chains are celebrating by offering free ice cream or extra treats with purchases.

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So if your ice cream supply is nonexistent, take the time today to replenish your stock. Savor the smooth, creamy or crunchy texture and thank the genius who decided that ice cream is special and worthy enough to be celebrated and enjoyed not only for one awesome day during the stifling, hot summer season, but for the entire month of July. Enjoy a cone today! or a scoop! Happy Ice Cream Day!–OnPointPress.net.

Drake drew laughs, Stuart Scott caused tears, at 2014 ESPY Awards

Music artist Drake (c) was the host for the 2014 ESPY Awards. He was joined on stage  at this moment by the Seattle Seahawks in attendance that won the award for  Best Team.

2014 ESPY Awards host is surrounded by members of the Super Bowl Champions Seattle Seahawks, who won the for Best Team award.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

On July 16, 2014, ESPN aired the ESPYs, the network’s award show for the world of sports. Hosted by musician and former child actor Drake, the award show drew laughter and tears. The host performed numerous sketches, monologues, and presentations that are standard for current award ceremonies but Drake stood out by creating a special song for those who didn’t win an award.

Drake  had skits with a few different people including Tulsa Shock guard Skylar Diggins.

Drake had skits with a few different people including Tulsa Shock guard Skylar Diggins.

The well-dressed crowd was entertained all night by Drake and other stars like Brian McKnight, Blake Griffin, Chris Brown, and Skylar Diggins, who teamed up to perform skits.

Drake made jokes on some audience members including Richard Sherman (l) and Russell Westbrook (r). Both won awards that night as well.

Drake made jokes on some audience members including Richard Sherman (l) and Russell Westbrook (r). Both won awards that night as well.

Drake also poked fun at a number of athletes who were in attendance, such as Lance Stephenson, Russell Westbrook, and Richard Sherman. All those who were mentioned as part of jokes and skits seemed to take everything in stride in what was mostly a light-hearted event.

Michael Sam (r) was presented the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (l).

Michael Sam (r) was presented the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (l).

There were serious moments in the show as well. Michael Sam was presented with the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Sam expressed his appreciation for the award and shared a touching story of how he was able to make a difference in the life of a young woman who gained courage to admit that she is also gay after conversing with Sam.

Stuart Scott (l) gave an emotional speech after receiving the Jimmy V Award for  Perseverance. He is pictured with his daughter Sydni (m) and Peyton Manning (r).

Stuart Scott (l) gave an emotional speech after receiving the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance. He is pictured with his daughter Sydni (m) and Peyton Manning (r).

The emotional highlight of the night might was ESPN’s Stuart Scott’s acceptance speech for the Jimmy V[alvano] Perseverance Award. Scott was presented the award by the star of Scott’s favorite television show, Kiefer Sutherland, from “24”. Scott’s moving speech touched on all the challenges he currently faces while fighting cancer and continuing to persevere for the sake of his family, his daughters in particular. Scott was joined on stage at the end of the speech by the youngest of his daughters, Sydni, 14. Scott concluded his speech stating:

Scott (m) and his daugher Sydni (r) were congratulated on stage by the presenter for the  award, Kiefer Sutherland (l).

Scott (m) and his daugher Sydni (r) were congratulated on stage by the presenter for the award, Kiefer Sutherland (l).

“When you die, that does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you lived, why you lived and in the manner in which you lived. So live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight, then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you.”

Danica Patrick (l) and Taye Diggs (m) were the presenters for the Male Athlete  of the Year Award that was won by Kevin Durant (r).

Danica Patrick (l) and Taye Diggs (m) were the presenters for the Male Athlete of the Year Award that was won by Kevin Durant (r).

The awards presented to the different winners gave viewers an opportunity to see entertainers from numerous fields in the same setting. The most noticeable awards handed out that night include the Seattle Seahawks winning “Best Team,” Ronda Rousey winning Female Athlete of the Year, and Kevin Durant winning Male Athlete of the Year.

Blake  Griffin (l) and Chris Brown (m) were a part of one of the skits that kept the audience laughing at Drake's (r) expense.

Blake Griffin (l) and Chris Brown (m) were a part of one of the skits that kept the audience laughing at Drake’s (r) expense.

Overall, the ESPYs were entertaining from beginning to end. There was a good blend of levity and solemnity from host Drake and the other stars who graced the stage. If you were unable to catch the show, check your local listings for replays on the ESPN family of networks.–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover, Jr. is a sports aficionado and a management training consultant. Follow me @OpenWindowMES on Twitter.com.

Grassroot efforts raise funds for New York City Public Libraries

New York Public Library received good news this year when they were informed that they would gain $10 million from New York City to help fund the free services the libraries provide.

New York Public Libraries received good news this year when they were informed that an extra $10 million was allocated  in the budget to help fund the free services the libraries provide.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

On July 16, 2014, 130,000 petitioners and letter writers received thank you notices from the New York Public Library (NYPL). These grassroots efforts put forth by the NYPL were instrumental in securing the first budget increase since 2008. City Hall allocated  an additional $10 million for the 2015 fiscal year which began on July 1, 2014. The funding was set aside for the NYPL (which serves the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island), Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Library. In a statement on the NYPL website, New York Public Library President Tony Marx stated:

This Brooklyn branch of the NYPL is one of the 92 total branches will be able to continue its normal operating hours with the addition of the funds to the budget.

This Brooklyn branch of the NYPL is one of the 92 total branches will be able to continue its normal operating hours with the addition of the funds to the budget.

“It is extremely satisfying that the Mayor and City Council see the value in the city’s libraries, and understand that New Yorkers desperately need the services that we provide, from internet access to technology training to job search resources to English language classes. The funding increase will certainly help us continue to provide free education, knowledge and opportunity to all New Yorkers. We are thankful to city officials for their dedication to and investment in libraries, a critical and irreplaceable city resource, and hope that this is a first step towards restoring our funding to Fiscal Year 2008 levels.”

New Yorkers of all ages benefit from the various services offered at the NYPL.

New Yorkers of all ages benefit from the various services offered at the New York City Public Libraries.

As summer vacation continues for the millions of New York City kids, it is useful to recognize the bevy of options that the New York City Public Libraries provide to keep children academically engaged throughout their time away from school. Many students use the library to complete summer reading lists and summer school assignments, or partake in the other amenities the library offers. The increased budget should allow the libraries of New York City to continue to offer a multitude of services to their patrons and online customers.

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio (l) and New York City listened to the 130,000 petitioners and letter writers who urged them to increase the city budget for the NYPL.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (l) and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito listened to the 130,000 petitioners and letter writers who urged them to increase the city budget for the NYPL.

The New York City Public Libraries offer traditional books, magazines and newspapers, as well as audio-books, e-books, DVD’s and video games. There are millions of people in New York City who take advantage of the free services offered. It is good that Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and the New York City Council recognized the importance of helping these libraries extend their services to New York City’s citizens. However, the New York City Public Libraries depend on both public and private funding, so for those interested in learning more about how to support the library, visit nypl.org/support.–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover, Jr. is a management training consultant. Follow me @OpenWindowMES on Twitter.com.

Finding Samuel Lowe depicts tale of love, family, determination, grit

 

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Trailer from the documentary that tells the tale of the cross-continental search to find relatives.

By Carmen Glover

Retired NBC executive Paula Madison can truly say that she has reached the self actualization phase on Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs. Drawing from her love for family and the desire to trace her roots and forge a connection with all members of her extended family, Madison and her siblings, Elrick and Howard, embarked on a cross-continental quest to find their maternal grandfather, Samuel Lowe. The journey takes Madison and her siblings to the picturesque island of Jamaica, the homeland of their parents, to China, the homeland of their maternal grandfather. The result is the film Finding Samuel Lowe.

At a screening held at the Museum of the Moving Images in Queens, New York last Friday in conjunction with the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ), Madison talked about growing up in Harlem with her mother, after her father was deported back to Jamaica, and observing an air of sadness hovering around her mother, whose face was unquestionably Asian.

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Retired NBC executive Paula Madison is greeted by a relative on one of her trips.

“Finding my family has been like filling a hole that existed in my soul. That longing that I had to find my family has been filled. Since I have found my family in China I have been back to China every six months,” Madison stated during a question-and-answer session that followed the screening. “It feels like I’ve been guided my grandfather since I was a child,” she said as she examined various truths that she unearthed during the investigation for the film and the redemption came when the family all met. “When we gathered in China there were over 320 of us and all of us were Lowes.”

The film explores the origins of the Haka clan, a Chinese tribe to which Madison’s ancestry was traced, the history of Chinese indentured servants in the Jamaica, how those servants eventually became entrepreneurs, and the link between the Chinese men who came to work in the cane fields in and the black women in Jamaica bonding and forming families.

Members of the Lowe family joyously come together in the spirit of love.

Members of the Lowe family joyously come together in the spirit of love.

The values emphasized in the film, such as respect for education, family and prosperity are stark. Told with no holds barred, Finding Samuel Lowe is an emotional, loving, tribute to a family’s determination to answer the most fundamental of questions: Who am I? It describes a journey that many viewers will be inspired to take so that they, too, can answer that question without reservations.

The screening was attended by a large contingent of NYABJ and NABJ members, current and former NBC employees, and media stars such as former Essence magazine editor Susan Taylor, publicist/author Terrie Williams and Karl and Faye Rodney, publishers of the Carib News. The film, which was directed by Jeannette Kong, will be screened in Jamaica, West Indies on July 30. Visit the website for more information.

Madison has been involved actively in the  national and local chapters of the association of black journalists for years. She is now expanding into the Chinese portion of her culture and will release a book detailing her nuanced journey, under the Harper Collins imprint, in February 2015.–OnPointPress.net.

Comedian Tracy Morgan sues Walmart, recuperates at home

Tracy Morgan waved to journalists as he left his New Jersey home on 7/14/2014.

Tracy Morgan waved to journalists and flashed a peace sign as he left his New Jersey home on 7/14/2014.

By Carmen Glover

Looking weak but apparently in good spirits, comedian and actor Tracy Morgan used a walker for balance as he left his home in New Jersey yesterday in a van driven by an unidentified male. Waving to journalists who were gathered to wish him well and get an update on his condition, Morgan flashed a peace sign and said:

“I’m Ok. I love you. Thank you very much.”

The crumpled remains of the Mercedes-Benz limousine bus in which Tracy Morgan and his friends were driving when they were rear-ended. Comedian James McNair was killed.

The crumpled remains of the Mercedes-Benz limousine bus in which Tracy Morgan and his friends were driving when they were rear-ended. Comedian James McNair was killed.

Morgan, who has appeared on “30 Rock” and Saturday Night Live, was released from the hospital last week, one month after he was critically injured on June 7, on the New Jersey Turnpike when his limousine bus was rear-ended by a Walmart truck. The truck’s driver, Kevin Roper, is alleged to have been driving for 24 hours without sleeping, which is believed to have contributed to the accident.

Walmart truck driver appears somber as he leaves court.

Walmart truck driver Kevin Roper appears somber as he leaves court.

Roper was charged and appeared in court regarding the accident. Morgan’s friend and mentor, comedian James McNair was killed in the accident, while fellow comedian Ardie Fuqua Jr. and Morgan’s assistant, Jeffrey Millea, were critically injured. Comedian Harris Stanton was treated and released shortly after the accident. Morgan sustained a broken leg, nose, as well as injures to his ribs and head. He underwent surgery during his hospitalization and has undergone therapy. He will continue recovering at home.

Ardie Fuqua Sr. talks about his son, during recent prayer vigil.

Ardie Fuqua Sr. talks about his son, during recent prayer vigil. Ardie Fuqua Jr. was critically injured during the June 7 accident that killed comedian James McNair.

Meanwhile, a prayer vigil was held for Fuqua last week in Jersey City by his family. According  News 12, Fuqua’s mother, Mrs. Doris Fuqua said that her son was receiving three hours of physical therapy daily and is being treated for brain trauma. Ms. Fuqua said:

“We would just like to thank everyone for all of their prayers. Our son is improving. He’s improving a lot.”

Comedian James McNair, seen in happier times with Tracy Morgan, died inn the accident.

Comedian James McNair, seen in happier times with Tracy Morgan, died in the accident.

Morgan announced last week that he is suing Walmart for negligence because the company “knew or should have known that Mr. Roper was awake for 24 hours before the accident.” Walmart, in a statement expressed being “deeply sorry that one of our trucks was involved in the accident,” According to the statement, Walmart is “cooperating with the investigation.”–OnPointPress.net.

Germany beats Argentina 1-0, wins fourth FIFA World Cup

Germany wins 2014 FIFA World Cup becoming the first European team to win the trophy on South American soil.

Germany wins 2014 FIFA World Cup becoming the first European team to win the trophy on South American soil.

By Carmen Glover

In a fitting end to an exciting tournament, Mario Gotze, who entered the game as a substitute for prolific scorer Miroslav Klose, scored Germany’s lone goal in extra time to lead the team to its fourth FIFA World Cup Championship.

Mario Gotze scores lone goal to lead Germany to its fourth World Cup title.

Mario Gotze scores lone goal to lead Germany to its fourth World Cup title. Germany is the first European team to win the World Cup on South American soil.

This is the first time in World Cup history that a European team has won the trophy on South American soil. An eager crowd gathered at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, joining more than a billion viewers worldwide to witness the 2014 World Cup Final match between Germany and Argentina that was decided in 112th minute.

Bastian Schweinsteiger was left bloodied after repeated hits but he soldiered on for his team.

Bastian Schweinsteiger was left bloodied after repeated hits but he soldiered on for his team, returning to the game after getting his bloody face bandaged up.

Bastian Schweinsteiger was phenomenal, defending the ball, fighting against brutal blows that left him bloodied. Schweinsteiger was upset when the referee refused to punish Argentina for its rough play but he returned to the game after his face was cleaned up and valiantly defended against Argentina, determined to play a decisive role in his team’s victory. German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer won the Golden Glove for the best 2014 goalkeeper.

Manuel Neuer wins Golden Glove for the best goalkeeper in 2014.

Manuel Neuer won Golden Glove for the best goalkeeper in 2014.

Germany and Argentina played to a scoreless first half, then a scoreless regulation game, although both teams came close to scoring too many times to count. The German team played somewhat disjointedly at first, before settling into its trademark high energy, defensive style of play, for which Argentina had few answers.

Germany's Football World Cup Team.

Germany’s Football World Cup Team.

As the stadium in Brazil came alive with a sea of mostly Argentinian fans, both teams played with a single-minded focus to win the 2014 World Cup and take the trophy home to their homeland. The German team came into the final match as heavy favorites based on its performance during the tournament, while the team from Argentina was motivated to win it all in Brazil, the country of their main nemesis.

Argentina's World Cup Football Team.

Argentina’s World Cup Football Team.

The game featured edge-of-seat action throughout and did not lack for rich entertainment value, wrought as it was with high emotions for the Germans who aimed to win a fourth title while their competitors aimed for their third. All of the top players from both teams had good touches on the ball, giving them different opportunities to score during the regulation period but somehow they all failed to score until extra time.

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Lionel Messi needs more talent surrounding him in order to lead his team to victory.

For Argentina, it will undoubtedly be a time of profound reflection and reorganization as they take steps to create a cohesive team rather than try in vain to focus exclusively on Lionel Messi. As the Germans showed so effectively, it takes a team to win the FIFA World Cup. Nothing less will do.–OnPointPress.net.

BREAKING NEWS: LeBron James is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James has decided to rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers.

LeBron James has decided to rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

In what seems like a WWE plot, LeBron James announced in a first-person letter on SI.com that he plans to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers next season. The terms of his contract have yet to be released. In the statement, James explains his decision:

“My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball, I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now…I’m coming home.The hardest thing to leave is what I built with those guys. I’ve talked to some of them…Nothing will ever change what we accomplished.”

Heat fans at least have two championships to remember their brief period of the "Big Three" (l-r) Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh.

Heat fans at least have two championships to remember their brief period of the “Big Three” (l-r) Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh.

James has informed the Miami Heat and his former teammates (and friends) Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade of his choice. This decision will have lasting effects throughout the NBA and has brought even more excitement to the Cleveland area.–OnPointPress.net–

Etana, Maxi Priest set for Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, July 20

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Etana, cultural reggae singer, will perform at the Grace Jerk Festival.

By Tiffany Mea

As New Yorkers gear up for this year’s summer activities, the city’s 4th annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, scheduled for Roy Wilkins Park in Queens on Sun. July 20, rides high on the list of must-attend event. Cultural reggae star Etana, Maxi Priest and other guests will perform during a main stage concert to close out the day’s events.

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Maxi Priest, whose new album debuted July 8, will perform at Grace Jerk Festival.

Centered around the world-famous Jamaican jerk cuisine, the festival combines culinary competitions, cultural and musical performances as well as family-oriented activities into one phenomenal day. Building on the success of last year’s festival, which attracted some 16,000 satisfied patrons, co-producers Jamaican Jerk Festival U.S.A. Inc. & VP Records are committed to providing more food, fun and family activities at the event.

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Jerk chicken will be among the delicious  food at the festival.

New York’s largest Caribbean food festival will be jam-packed with entertainment for everyone. This year’s highlights will include the Celebrity Jerk Cook-off, where last year’s winner New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio is expected to defend his title. There will also be a Caribbean Cultural Stage featuring traditional oral and folk performances, The Kidz Zone (a family favorite for kids of all ages) including rides, storytellers and face painting and The Corporate Row offering samples and give-aways from event sponsors.

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Excited crowds have supported the festival over the years.

Maxi Priest is looking forward to a busy summer with the release of his new studio album Easy To Love on VP Records, which became available July 8. With over 15 million albums sold worldwide, a No. 1 U.S. Billboard hit and a Grammy nomination – the most successful solo act in British reggae history will bring his special brand of reggae, lover’s rock and pop to tug on the ladies’ heartstrings at the festival. Maxi will perform from his catalog of irresistible hits such as “Wild World,” “Some Guys Have All The Luck,” “Close To You,” and “Housecall” as well as songs from his upcoming album including the title track “Easy To Love.”

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An assortment of jerk food will be sold at the festival.

With her indomitable spirit and inspiring songwriting, Jamaican reggae songstress Etana will command plenty of attention at this year’s Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival New York. She will uplift generations both old and new with her collection of roots and R&B tinged hits. Recorded at Kingston’s legendary Tuff Gong Studios and backed by all live instrumentation, her latest album Better Tomorrow (VP Records) is a true testament to her evolved sound.

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Jerk Festival

Advance tickets are $30 and will be available online at www.jerkfestivalny.com and selected retail outlets in the next few weeks. Kids 12 and under are admitted free. Gates will open at 12:00pm and the fun will go on until 8:00pm.

The Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival New York is produced in association with Jamaican Jerk Festival U.S.A. Inc. and VP Records. It is sponsored by Western Union, the Jamaica Tourist Board, Vitamalt and Tower Isle Frozen Foods. For more information Email: Tiffanym@vprecords.com–OnPointPress.net.  

It’s Germany vs. Argentina in World Cup Final 7/13/14, Dutch win third place

Mirsoave Klose scored became a World Cup leading scorer when he scored his 16th goal against Brazil on Tuesday.

Mirsoave Klose, a prolific goal producer, became the World Cup leading scorer by netting his 16th goal against Brazil on Tuesday.

By Carmen Glover

Fresh off its total evisceration of Brazil on Tuesday, the German World Cup Football team is gearing up to do battle with Argentina for the World Cup trophy on Sunday, July 13. The World Cup Final will pit two previous World Cup winners against each other, with Germany having the edge based on its performance throughout the tournament and its precision-like style of play.

The pre-game commentaries will start at 1:00 p.m. and the game will kickoff at 3:00 p.m. on ABC. The Netherlands beat Brazil 3-0 to take third place on Saturday.

Germany's Football World Cup Team.

Germany’s Football World Cup Team.

Expect Germany to come out in its trademark dominant form, with its players showcasing laser-like focus on their mission to secure another World Cup trophy.  Everything that the Germans have done so far in the tournament have been a precursor to the finale and they seem poised and prepared to go the distance and claim what they believe is their destiny and birthright.

Argentina's World Cup Football Team.

Argentina’s World Cup Football Team.

At the same time, despite Argentina going to extra time in their semi-final match against the Netherlands before eking out a 4-2 victory on penalty kicks, expect them to come out swinging against Germany in the Final. After all, there is a lot at stake for the Lionel Messi and his teammates, especially with the watchful eyes of Diego Maradona trained on them to see how they will perform. Leading up to the Final, Messi said the team was playing “The match of our lives for our country.”

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Lionel Messi hopes to prove his mettle and show that he is as capable as Diego Maradona in winning a World Cup trophy but he has a veritable wall of defense to penetrate with the Germans in order to achieve his goal.

The entire Argentina nation has been holding its collective breath since their last World Cup championship in 1986. It has been a long wait with destiny and this young team is eager to show that they can restore their nation to its football dominance. With Argentina having won two World Cups in the past, Lionel Messi has a lot to prove and his teammates are determined to help him win.

Based on performance, the 2014 World Cup trophy is Germany’s to lose. Even if the Argentinian team gives an herculean effort, Germany will win its fourth World Cup Championship in Brazil. Germany has carried itself as the team of destiny and it is difficult to imagine a scenario under which the players lose their composure and fall at the finish line. —OnPointPress.net.

Germany thrashes Brazil 7-1, Argentina/Netherlands winner next

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Thomas Muller began the onslaught against the Brazilians, embarrassing them at home with a lopsided victory to return to the World Cup Final on Sunday, July 13.

By Carmen Glover

In an outcome that should have surprised no genuine football purist, except perhaps for the total number of goals scored, Germany thoroughly embarrassed Brazil before a stadium full of shocked Brazilian fans, beating them 7-1.  Forward Thomas Muller began the onslaught early, scoring in the 11th minute of the game. His teammates continued the avalanche of goals with midfielders Miroslav Klose scoring in the 23rd minute, Toni Kroos scoring in the 24th and 26th minutes and Sami Khedira scoring in the 29th minute. A. Schurrle scored the other two goals in the second half. Germany’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was flawless.

Germany's Football World Cup Team.

Germany’s Football World Cup Team.

The German team kept raining goals on the hapless Brazilian team mercilessly during the first thirty minutes of the game. The stunned Brazilian team looked nothing like the football powerhouse that fans of the game have come to expect. Oscar scored the lone, meaningless goal for Brazil in the 90th minute.

Speaking after the game, Brazil’s coach Luiz Felipe Scolari described his feelings about the outcome as “the worst day of my life,” while David Luiz, who scored in two of the World Cup games wept and said he was “sorry” for the unfortunate result because he wanted to “bring joy to the people of Brazil who are suffering.”  Brazil’s goalkeeper Julio Cesar said it was time for the Brazilian team to “go home” to be with their families.

Heartbroken Brazilian fans weep at the traumatic sight of their team being demolished by a superior German team in the World Cup Semi-final game.

Heartbroken Brazilian fans weep at the traumatic sight of their team being demolished by a superior German team in the World Cup Semi-final game.

The German players and fans were advised to remain indoors until they could be provided with escorts from the stadium to keep them safe. Many pundits will say that the Brazilian players had an uphill climb since they were playing without their main star, Neymar, and their team captain, Thiago Silva. But the truth is that if the referees had been completely unbiased, Brazil would not have made it this far because the team was exposed in match after match as being porous. In all of the matches played to bring them to this point in the World Cup tournament, Brazil was the beneficiary of phantom penalty calls, among other egregious episodes of refereeing.

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Lionel Messi is playing with a chip on his shoulders, determined to show fans in Argentina that he has surpassed legendary player Diego Maradona.

There were many World Cup fans who were enthralled with the idea of the Brazilian team winning the sixth trophy in its history, with iconic hometown star Pele watching from the stands. However, the German players have made it clear from the tournament began that they are in it to win it all. Their brutal, well-coordinated, attacking style of play makes it difficult for any team to successfully defend against them, with one exception.

Robin Van Persie's iconic World Cup goal that decimated Spain in the first round.

Robin Van Persie’s iconic World Cup goal that decimated Spain in the first round.

The only team that they will not get a chance to play is Costa Rica from the CONCACAF region. The Ticos would have been their equal. Now Germany waits for the winner of the semi-final match between Argentina and the Netherlands. Does anyone expect anyone to really beat Germany? I don’t!

.–OnPointPress.net.