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My World Cup

Hey Matt,

Incredible second game today, between the French and the Spanish! Morning game, however, between Brazil and Ghana: a total bummer. I've begun to hate Brazil for always winning and never looking like they deserve to win. What happened to John Lanchester's Brazil, the Brazil that made doing something as if your life depended on it, and doing it beautifully, into the same thing? That Brazil sure ain't in Germany! Even Ronaldinho stopped smiling and started jumping up and down in frustration when he didn't get a pass in the box. Ronaldo's goal was opportunistic and effective, but far from pretty. Adriano was offside for his. And I don't even remember the third one. Ghana played better, deserved to win, and STILL LOST: it stank.

Meanwhile, I am feeling the whole French thing. Seeing Spain's racist coach and his squad of children (talented children) get handed tickets home by a bunch of multi-culti old Frenchmen made me think that the dream of an integrated Europe could still happen. Of course, this is a ridiculous thing to think, but that's what I thought. To me it was like the French team decided to come back from the dead just to prove a point, and that point was that riots in the Paris suburbs don't mean secular humanist Western culture is dead!

Yes, ridiculous of me, but it's my World Cup.

As of right now my pick to win is Italy.

What about you?


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2 Responses to "My World Cup"

    jeremy June 28th, 2006 at 1:41 pm

    Força Portugal!!

    susan donnelly July 3rd, 2006 at 8:03 am

    Hi Sean,

    Agree with you entirely about the delight of watching les Bleus triumph over Brazil, particularly after the Ghana match - I was so annoyed to hear all the 'Brazil has yet to be challenged' stuff when, as you say, Ghana deserved to win!! Hoping to see France v. Italy in the final and should, as a devoted romantic, pull for France, but...

    I was staying in a samll village in Liguria for the past few weeks. For each of Italy's matches the local priest set his tv out on the postage stamp size piazza and the 40 odd inhabitants brought their lawn chairs and we all sat out under the stars cheering for the Azzuri. So even with the looming scandal and the 'gamemanship' issues - Forza Italia!!!

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