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Who's going to win the World Cup?
U.S.A. 33%
U.S.A. 0%
U.S.A. 33%
U.S.A. 33%
U.S.A. 0%

Votes: 3

 Time for great celebration!!!!

 Author:  Topic:  Posted:
Jun 17, 2002
 Comments:
Oh my God we won!!!!
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The U.S. is in the quarterfinals for the first time since like the '30s. Next off Germany, after we blanked our NAFTA counterparts 0:2.

And who says Americans don't watch the World Cup - insomnia can do that to you.

       
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I find it incredibly amusing (none / 0) (#1)
by dmg on Mon Jun 17th, 2002 at 12:21:03 PM PST
That the USA team can get so far in the World Cup and our population barely bats an eyelid. Meanwhile the British are wetting their pants with excitement over this girlish sport.

I think they use soccer as a substitute for real military strength. Each victory on the pitch is a hollow reminder of their once prolific military victories. This is the sign of a society in long-term decline. The prognosis for the future of the British is not good if their reaction to their soccer team is anything to go by.

time to give a Newtonian demonstration - of a bullet, its mass and its acceleration.
-- MC Hawking

If you'll indulge me a little... (none / 0) (#3)
by because it isnt on Mon Jun 17th, 2002 at 12:51:40 PM PST
I'll quote a newspaper article that I read on holiday. The author of the piece met Yank servicemen who were as equally unthinking as yourself:
It was early in the morning and the coffee shop opened up another section to accommodate us. The first to sit there were three squat American servicemen. I was almost next in and I was curious about their response to the United Nations of soccer reporters around them. I heard them talk about the World Cup and one said he wasn't going to watch it unless the United States was doing well. "Soccer is for kids," another said and the other two nodded in agreement.
However, the parable does not end there:
A few minutes later, their jaws dropped. The Brazilian TV contingent had arrived -- a group of seriously glamourous women at the forefront. A pair of Amazons, gorgeous in their designer clothes, high heels and marvellous hair, sat in the middle. They drank about a gallon of coffee, smoked cigarettes and discussed the French team's performance the night before. It was girls' talk on a grand scale.

I figured the Americans were immediately rethinking this soccer thing, that the rest of the world seemed to be so excited about. There were beautiful women involved and that changes everything.
So as you can see, you are considerably in the wrong. I have the pretty ladies on my side, and you have beer-swilling rednecks. And please do not confuse the miserable England with Great Britain. As a Scotsman, I am both British and European, and I sincerely hope that Brazil wins.
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Oooops my bad. (5.00 / 1) (#4)
by dmg on Mon Jun 17th, 2002 at 01:30:43 PM PST
And please do not confuse the miserable England with Great Britain.

I get so confused between England/Britain/UK/whatever. But arond 83% of the United Kingdom's population of 58.4 million live in England, which means that Britain and England are nearly synonymous (at least in terms of numbers). I can be forgiven as an ignorant American for not knowing every detail of your quaint British/English constitution, and every mind-numbingly tedious distinction you make based on minor geographical differences.

I always thought that the English beat the Scots, Welsh and Irish in some war ages ago, and that was when Great Britain got created. I am surprised that there is such resentment amongst the Scots, after all if I remember my history correctly they were little more than savages until well after the Roman occupation.

However I stand corrected. It is the English who have their panties in a bunch over this soccer phenomenom.

As a Scotsman, I am both British and European, and I sincerely hope that Brazil wins.

It seems incredible that you would support a team from South America against a team composed of your fellow Celts. You people really have some issues with each other, don't you ? Your attitude could be considered treasonous.

And another thing. Why do we get England, Ireland and Scotland all competing in the soccer world series when they are all part of Great Britain or United Kingdom. It seems unfair to give one nation three teams in the same tournament! I don't get it.

time to give a Newtonian demonstration - of a bullet, its mass and its acceleration.
-- MC Hawking

You have to recall that Scots (none / 0) (#6)
by walwyn on Tue Jun 18th, 2002 at 05:44:50 AM PST
have never been anything more than treacherous rogues with an eye on the main chance.


But (none / 0) (#7)
by Anonymous Reader on Tue Jun 18th, 2002 at 01:11:55 PM PST
historical documents prove that the Scots have been put upon by the evil English so it's not surprising that they cause trouble now and then.


 
Lopping off branches. (none / 0) (#10)
by because it isnt on Tue Jun 18th, 2002 at 04:51:08 PM PST
I can be forgiven as an ignorant American.

Americans! Yes, how quaint. It actually reminds me of the idiotic East-end barrow boys of London, who suffer from "Walford Gap" syndrome and are unaware that there exists anything outside their beloved London. Where do they think the fruit'n'veg in their wheelbarrows are grown? Chelsea?

I always thought that the English beat the Scots, Welsh and Irish in some war ages ago

Something like that. Wales became a conquered principality of England. Scotland and England merged to become the UK, for mutual benefit (Scotland wanted England's overseas empire; England wanted the Highlanders to stop invading), but Scotland befell many political calamities and fucked itself up. No change there. Ireland was conquered by Britain, and was conquered right back by the IRA. Keep sending the money in, folks, and they'll liberate Northern Ireland yet.

there is such resentment amongst the Scots

Scots actually quite like the English. They just don't want them to win the World Cup. Quite understandable, really.

they were little more than savages

Most of Western Europe was nothing but tribes and clans until the Romans sorted it all out. You know: the Saxons, the Gauls, the Normans, the Celts, the Picts, the Angles, the Germanic tribes in the Black Forest, etc. Another reason to be thankful for the Romans.

It seems unfair to give one nation three teams in the same tournament!

If you think that's unfair, London has nine professional soccor teams - they should really have just one, i.e. Arsenal.
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the Romans sorted out the NORMANS? (none / 0) (#11)
by nathan on Tue Jun 18th, 2002 at 05:21:07 PM PST
Now I *know* that you're a filthy trool.

Nathan
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Li'l Sis: Yo, that's a real grey area. Even by my lax standards.

Nathan, (none / 0) (#12)
by because it isnt on Tue Jun 18th, 2002 at 05:50:20 PM PST
your thinking has become confused. Perhaps an orange cloud of mist has settled on your mind. No matter what you might think of the Normans' little "battle", the Romans still won. Just ask Camilla Parker Bowles, the future Queen of England.
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Queen of What? (none / 0) (#22)
by Pseudo on Fri Jun 28th, 2002 at 01:51:40 PM PST
What exactly does the queen of England do exactly? I mean does she control fiscal and monetary policy? Does she lobby?

I hear a great deal about the Queen of England but never in reference to anything she contributed.

No offence meant simply curious




 
Soccer beats the piss out of Amerikan football (none / 0) (#9)
by KingAzzy on Tue Jun 18th, 2002 at 03:44:01 PM PST
American football: A bunch of dimwitted tanks arrange themselves in a predecided formation and then lunge at each other. The poor sap with the sorry excuse for a ball runs for his life but generally won't get away but for a few seconds before being flattened by said troglodytes.

The game is boring as shit. Hard to follow at a distance because of all the faggots lunging on each other. Then there are all the rules and refs making all their micro calls.

Just boring boring boring

Soccer: A bunch of extremely intelligent athletes in peak physical condition battle non-stop for sometimes upwards of two hours for goals. The ball whizzes back and forth across a 110 yard field. Goals are quite difficult to achieve because of the nature of the game. It is a fantastic test of the wills of nations.

FUCK AMERICAN FOOTBALL AND FUCK JOE SIXPACK AND HIS LATENT FAGGOTRY !!!! SOCCER IS THE ONLY FIELD SPORT !!!!!



Hello? (none / 0) (#13)
by Anonymous Reader on Wed Jun 19th, 2002 at 02:21:42 AM PST
"The game is boring as shit. Hard to follow at a distance because of all the faggots lunging on each other. Then there are all the rules and refs making all their micro calls.

Just boring boring boring


Tell me, how does this fail to describe the "sport" of soccer?

The only real team sports are ice hockey and basketball.


Well... (none / 0) (#16)
by derek3000 on Wed Jun 19th, 2002 at 05:32:48 AM PST
The only real team sports are ice hockey and basketball.

Not with all the iso plays and two-man games from the low post. Maybe in 1960, but not now.

I don't like hockey very much, but there is something to be said for the fact that all 18 guys play.


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if you had anything up there (none / 0) (#2)
by Anonymous Reader on Mon Jun 17th, 2002 at 12:25:08 PM PST
you would understand that british sas are the best trained commandos in the world hey little sweden beaten by those as you reckon savages from africa has the best civilian commandos.any country can win a victory against unequiped forces but you cant win against communists


 
just don't loose to the Germans on penalties (none / 0) (#5)
by Mr Somebody on Tue Jun 18th, 2002 at 03:48:40 AM PST
because it isn't, your antipathy towards us is quite charming, in a tartan & shortbread kind of way, and I really wouldn't expect anything less. You'd miss us if we weren't around, oh yes you would! You'd have to hate the Norwegians or the Icelanders instead. I'll continue to cheer on the Scots, the Welsh & the Irish, because I'm bigger than that.


Well, (none / 0) (#8)
by because it isnt on Tue Jun 18th, 2002 at 02:59:00 PM PST
when Scotland and Ireland are their own countries again, I'll start cheering England on. To their credit, England fans aren't nearly as bigoted as Glasgow Rangers fans.
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good on you squire! (none / 0) (#14)
by Mr Somebody on Wed Jun 19th, 2002 at 04:18:09 AM PST
I'll drink to that too, I'm sure it'll happen in our lifetimes, with Wales, Cornwall, Newcastle, Manchester etc all following soon after. As a Nottingham lad, I probably feel just as divorced from London life as you do.


I suppose you expect London to pay for all this (none / 0) (#15)
by dmg on Wed Jun 19th, 2002 at 05:02:13 AM PST
Since, according to Hansard, it contributes nearly 20 billion more in taxes than the Government allow to be spent in London.

I can understand why Londoners get a bit fed up with all the regional whinging, when London is clearly subsidising the entire country In fact, if London were a country in its own right, its national income would be bigger than Nigeria, Turkey, Russia and nine of the members of the European Union. London has income per head levels above almost all industrialised countries, including Germany and France.

I hope this puts an end to all trivial regional discussions about the UK from anyone who does not inhabit the economic powerhouse that is London.

time to give a Newtonian demonstration - of a bullet, its mass and its acceleration.
-- MC Hawking

sorry dad (none / 0) (#17)
by Mr Somebody on Wed Jun 19th, 2002 at 05:44:30 AM PST
:o)


Apology accepted. (none / 0) (#18)
by dmg on Wed Jun 19th, 2002 at 07:43:06 AM PST
Now don't do it again.

time to give a Newtonian demonstration - of a bullet, its mass and its acceleration.
-- MC Hawking

it's just that (none / 0) (#19)
by Mr Somebody on Wed Jun 19th, 2002 at 09:00:11 AM PST
the wooly liberal side of me just wants everyone to like, y'know get along & be happy with each other, and have their own space, man! Like an amicable divorce.
Whereas the other side looks over & sees what happened to yugoslavia, & a cold shudder runs down my spine.
Anyway, how did we get back to politics? I thought we were talking about footy? oh yeah, it was me.


 
London must pay its keep. (none / 0) (#20)
by because it isnt on Wed Jun 19th, 2002 at 01:44:18 PM PST
it contributes nearly 20 billion more in taxes than the Government allow to be spent in London.

Duh! You've just failed your Treasury entrance exam. You get more money by taxing the rich more and the poor less than you do if you tax the rich less and the poor more. You then dole the money back out grudgingly when absolutely necessary.

London is clearly subsidising the entire country

Let's perform a little thought experiment. Imagine all the financial institutions in the City of London relocated to, say, Wigan. Now Wigan would be subsidising the entire country and London would still be a concrete monstrosity. You can't steal the glory of the talented financial corporations for the London area. You can't cherry-pick parts of a country for comparison to others. It's like saying that if Bill Gates's house was a separate country, it would have the highest GDP in the world.

Furthermore, London is utterly dependant on the rest of the country for basic things like fresh water, food, electricity, and desirable housing. Where in London are the country's exportable goods made? Londoners sit at their computer terminals shuffling currency all day while the rest of us get on with the making the country run.

London strikes me as the rebellious child who wants to run away from home but has no idea how much his family do for him.
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Silly Man (none / 0) (#21)
by Pseudo on Fri Jun 28th, 2002 at 01:34:49 PM PST
I am really impressed by the overwalming support that Korea provides it's team

talk about home field advatage


 

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