Monthly Archives: June 2006

Thuram Smacks Le Pen

I’m officially neutral in the matter of Brasil v. France. (Though if France does win, it will give Portland Timbers fans a good reason to learn La Marseillaise before Romario plays here on Sunday.) If you’re looking for an excuse … Continue reading

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‘Late Last Night, While We Were All In Bed / Miss O’Leary Left a Lantern in the Shed’

With the World Cup on hiatus for, oh, about another 16 hours, the time is ripe to review your correspondent’s expedition to Chicago last weekend for “research,” i.e., what freelance writers tell the IRS they’re doing just about all the … Continue reading

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And They Say Irony is Dead

Ghana apparently feels they didn’t get a square deal from the referee. Huh.

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The Usual Suspects

This World Cup went through its “Rocky I & II” phase, when tales of gritty, hearty, colorful underdogs abounded. C’mon, you Soca Warriors! Allez Sparrowhawks! USA! USA! Then, thanks to the referees, it entered something of a “Casablanca”-meets-“Dog Day Afternoon” … Continue reading

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Age & Guile 3 : 1 Youth & Beauty

Several posts ago I suggested that the knock-out rounds mark the moment when Romance is Dead at the World Cup. Romance may not be dead—I think Ribery was trying to find a date in the stands after France bounced Spain … Continue reading

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Normal Service Restored!

The crucial news’n’views of Eleven Devils return this morning to find the well-fed Brazilian team leading Ghana’s National Diving Squad 2-0, which is good news in my book and bad news for the legion of Black Stars bandwagoneers. Sheesh—some people … Continue reading

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Postpone the Seppuku

On further reflection (and after a series of cooling beverages), I’ve come to grips with the United States’ exit from the World Cup. I can’t improve on the massive and well-considered (if, of course, arguable on a case-by-case basis) player … Continue reading

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