Soccer is pretty fun if you're good at it, but if you're anything like me and your foot-work is like that of a drunken duckling then soccer is just "okay".
Inviting me to play soccer is like inviting me to run back and forth across a field for an hour. Not exactly my idea of fun. But there's one kind of soccer I can picture myself having fun with.
Giant Bubble Soccer!
I had no idea this even existed until my girlfriend sent me a photo of these guys playing near Mount-Royal. These matches are organized by a company called Oze Ma Bulle and the concept is simple: playing soccer and other sports inside giant inflatable bubbles.
The game looked awesome. People were running into each other at full force, tackling each other and some players even had some fancy flip moves that looked like a ton of fun.
Quinn, who uses they/them pronouns and goes by a single name, reflected on their historic presence at the Tokyo Summer Games in an Instagram post on July 22, after a match on July 21 against Japan ended in a 1-1 draw.
"I feel proud seeing 'Quinn' up on the lineup and on my accreditation," they wrote. "I feel sad knowing there were Olympians before me unable to live their truth because of the world."
New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is another openly transgender athlete at the Tokyo 2020 Games. But women's +87 kilogram weightlifting is scheduled for August 2, while Quinn has already played one game, with another against Chile on July 24.
But Edmonton and Toronto might get World Cup games...
Soccer fans in Montreal will be sad to find out that Montreal won't host any 2026 FIFA World Cup games because the city has withdrawn its bid.
As confirmed by Canada Soccer and the City of Montreal on Tuesday morning, "following the withdrawal of a major financial partner" and a "lack of funding," according to a city press release, Montreal is backing out of the selection process and won't host any games.
The honours instead, will go to Toronto and Edmonton, according to Canada Soccer, who are maintaining their bids in the selection process to be host cities for the 2026 World Cup, which will be split between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.
For its part, Montreal pointed to the Quebec government and claimed that "the withdrawal of support from the Quebec government prevents Montreal from continuing the selection stages as the host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup."
"We thank the City of Montréal for their participation in the bid process and look forward to continuing our collaboration with the respective municipal and provincial governments along with the Government of Canada in support of the selection of Edmonton, Alberta and Toronto, Ontario as host cities for the FIFA World Cup 2026," Canada Soccer wrote in a press release.
To celebrate its new location in the Old Port of Montreal, One Babo is serving up $2 bubble teas all day Saturday starting at 12 p.m., as long as you follow its Instagram page. The first 50 people will actually get their boba totally free.
One Babo, formerly called One More Thé, has another location on Chemin Queen Mary in Côte-des-Neiges. This is its second time opening in the Old Port after the previous location had to close last year due to COVID-19.
"This year, we were lucky to be able to open once more in our favourite place in Montreal, but in a different spot," said Karen Chen, One Babo's external coordinator.
Chen described One Babo as an international expansion of a Taiwanese boba chain.
"We specialize in authentic Taiwanese boba drinks with an innovative twist, with unique flavours and toppings for everybody to enjoy," Chen said.
Here's what you can expect to find on the menu on July 3:
Classic One Babo Milk Tea
Jasmine Tea Jelly Lemonade
Black Iced Tea with Boba
Violet Crystal (Yakult®)
Grapefruit Green Tea
Pouchong Rice Honey Tea with Boba
The drinks will be served in "regular fat cups," according to Chen, and they will all include a topping!
$2 Bubble Tea at One Babo
When: Saturday, July 3, from noon to 9 p.m.
Address: One Babo (previously known as One More Thé), 3, rue de la Commune O., Old Port of Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Taiwanese bubble tea in fat cups for $2 or possibly even free — this is a boba lover's dream.