Hard To Believe?

May 11, 2006 at 2:13am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

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A few weeks away and it’s the World Cup blow-up. Is it hard to believe that FIFA ranks the USA team number 4 in the world? OK granted the USA team doesn’t play the Italians or French on a regular basis, but hey come on: it would be nice if we (i.e. us in the USA) would give the team some well deseved attention and support. As for the outcome of the Cup itself - It would be nice to see Germany beat Brazil this year…

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Joshua Wiltshire May 11, 2006 at 2:20pm

I’m all for USA losing the World Cup, not because I’m un-patriotic, but just because I firmly believe that that would be the last straw keeping the world from turning its back on us completely, forever.

Besides, Brazilian girls really like it when you are a supporter of Brazil :D

Mr. T May 12, 2006 at 2:42am

Besides, Brazilian girls really like it when you are a supporter of Brazil :D

Point well taken. However…50% of the time love is transitory (lust even less so) and fades away over time. But once you have a World Cup championship - its guaranteed forever.

Joshua Wiltshire May 12, 2006 at 2:51am

That’s okay… there are lots of Brazilian girls.

That said, yes, I would be pretty pumped for a US World Cup win.

Mr. Wilson May 12, 2006 at 1:02pm

You know what would be really obnoxious? A bunch of Americans running around celebrating a World Cup win as though they cared or had any sense of its significance. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes the bandwagon effect can be fun. But you know full well that the win would be politicized by anybody and everybody. *sigh*

On the other hand, those of us in the soccer community would be extremely excited to see the US do well this year. Youth soccer is kind of stale right now.

Mr. T May 12, 2006 at 1:57pm

But you know full well that the win would be politicized by anybody and everybody. *sigh*

What exactly do you mean? Football has ALWAYS had a strong nationalist sentiment. They kill each other in Europe over games. At least US fans aren’t at that level yet. Do you see any comparable ugliness in the olympics?

Mr. Wilson May 12, 2006 at 2:10pm

What exactly do you mean?

Read what you wrote next:

<em.Football has ALWAYS had a strong nationalist sentiment. They kill each other in Europe over games.</em>

I think that answers your question grin We have enough of a nationalist sentiment in the U.S. right now thanks to the immigration debate (et al.), and I’m not a big fan of sports-related violence.

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