After delivering an excuse that most toddlers would be too embarrassed to use (“I cannot monitor everyone all the time.”), Sepp Blatter managed to earn re-election as president of FIFA, even as his organization has been overwhelmed by corruption, cheating, scandals, arrests, indictments, and big money bribes. (At least now Americans finally realize soccer is as interesting as any other sport.)

+ “This is about more than pork barrel politics. It is about patronage, fear and deep loyalty.” Owen Gibson explains how the great survivor won another term.

+ There was, however, one hopeful sign from the FIFA election: Israeli and Palestinian delegates shook hands.