Monthly Archives: June 2008

Insert "Reign of Spain" Pun Here

I remember him well. An old Italian dude, crusty as a ciabatta, in the little Chicago cafe I ducked into for Italy v. Australia. We talked a little World Cup between the Aussie fouls and the frustrated Italian grimaces. In … Continue reading

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"They Are Not Giant Raspberries"

This closing ceremony is just absolutely amazing. Amazing. That is all for now.

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It Is An Entertainment Show

Yesterday, Matthew Yglesia’s political blog took a brief and (as usual) dubious detour into the Americans-don’t-like-soccer-why-is-that-oh-yes-they-do-oh-no-they-don’t-it’s-because-of-the-low-scoring-well-actually-are-other-sports-really-so-different-I-hate-the-diving-I-don’t-like-nil-nil-draws-but-actually-nil-nil-draws-can be-quite-compelling-et-cetera-ad-nauseum debate. Eleven Devils made its customary ill-advised and instantly regretted foray into the comment stream, which at this point in World History is … Continue reading

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Memo to Spain: I Appreciate You.

So, I’ve been feeling a little churlish all day, like may be the ramble below did not give Spain due credit. To be honest, I was so disappointed in Russia—who were worse today than the counterfeit Stolichnaya I drank in … Continue reading

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Dead-Blogging Russia v. Spain

Well, that’s that, then. After we all convinced ourselves that the opening group game no longer mattered (why? because!), Spain proves that it was, in fact, a pretty good gauge of the two sides’ relative quality. Arshavin—Arsh-who? Maybe the poor … Continue reading

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The Doener Kebab Cup

I rate that one a solid 8/10. Rattling crossbars. Bloody heads. A meaty geopolitical backstory. Sweaty coaches: Joachim “Es ist nicht ein Fashionmullet!” Loew, guiding the Mannschaft home, if you know what I mean; and that Turkish fella. That Turkish … Continue reading

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Margaritaville United

Here’s what a day of baby-sitting will do to a man: I just spent 17 good minutes of my life watching highlights (?) of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying matches, including Jamaica’s 7-0 win over Bahamas and Guatemala’s 6-0 win over … Continue reading

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