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Soccer and the Quirks of Nations

Italy -- Every twist, turn and bent ankle on the field seems to mirror one national debate, trauma or preoccupation after another. That's the secret of the World Cup's success - each team completely mirrors the outstanding (or even disgusting)...

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S M W:

DEAR FRIENDS:

NANOTECHNOLOGY CAN HURT. MAKE IT RIGHT ALL OVER THE WORLD. GET THE ILLEGAL CRIMINALS OUT.
USE IT TO TAKE ILLEGAL CRIMINALS OUT.

s m walker:

Dear Friends:

These are fighting words, that more cubans and illegals are coming here and taking our taxpayers money away from good Americans. \

Ladies and gentlemen Johnathan Mathew Walker came into this world with half a heart. His momma and daddy, a marine, during the Clinton Administration were forced into bankruptcy due to no financial assistance for his baby and or them. They had other children. He lived only 10 months with five open heart surgeries.
I got no assistance with two small children working for $650 a month as a book keeper in the oil business and then in finance field. No food stamps, no assistance that would have helped me by a home.
These denge disease illegals are now taking housing, mortgages, jobs, food stamps and beding away from African Americans, Causians, Russian Americans, Italian Americans, Native Americans, Jewish Americans that are now and already citizens. My self born here with my heritage all the way to Virginia and my great grandfather a plantation owner. Now there giving it away. Nanotech them to death for all I care. The soup starter which was all I had sometimes was something to cry over. Not that any one else cares.

Now food stamps, housing, medical supplies and care, clothing, leave no one behind, schooling and their sorry arrsses do not want to learn english. Hurray to out spoken Mr. Bennet of Arizona. They can learn to speak english and limit those coming in on our tax dollars. God Almighty how many street people in each state of all economic levels. How many in jail due to economic conditions. I want them to go home. There are cowboys in the nation and cowgirls every where and in every dress fashion and get speakin out . This is not right!!!!

INVASION OF AMERICA IS WAR!!! CATTLMENS LAW EXISTS, KNOW IT AND LAWYERS USE IT.
HILLARY THIS WITH THE CHINA INVASION OF ROTTEN APPLES AND TOMATOES SO TO SPEAK BROUGHT IN HERE BY YOU AND BILL IS A SIN. YOU HAVE SO MUCH TO GIVE TO KEEP PRISONORS OUT OF JAIL DO IT NOW. WHAT ARE YOU PAID FOR? YOU DO NOT START WORKING JUST BECAUSE YOU WON AN ELECTION. PERSONAL DONATION ALL THOSE KICK BACKS ITS A TAX DEDUCTION GIVE IT UP NOW GET THE JAILS FREE AND FREEDOM WILL RING. PREVENT THE SENTENCE AND THE CAUSE BEFORE NOT JUST AFTER BIG MOUTH. IF YOU WANT TO SEE WHAT I AM REFERRING TO SEE THE SACRAMENTO BEE TODAY.

I SAY HAVE AN ECONOMIC INTERNATIONAL COMPITION FOR A RESOLUTION AND IGNITION FOR THE BEAR MARKET. ALL TYPES. WORLD INTERNATIONAL FUTURE DREAM HOUSE.
HEATHER LOCKHEAD GO SHOPPING AND ALL HOLLIWOOD AND ALL GIRLS. SHOP TIL YOU DROP. BRING OVER THE GOODS EUROPE. PUT IT IN A GLASS HOUSE TENT. THE BEST NEW MUSIC COMPETION FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.

ALONG WITH THIS THE GREAT RACE OF AUTO AND TRAVELING MACHINES OF ALL TYPES. BRING THEM ON FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.

THERE WILL BE THE COWBOYS GEORGE BUSH SR., GEORGE BUSH JR, VP CHENEY. THE BEST OF COOKIN AND THEIR WIVES. MAKES OF CARS ALL TYPES. GEORGE BUSH SR AND JR FROM DALLAS IN A MYSTERIOUS OLD FORD ON THE TOP WITH ENGINE SOUPED UP AND READY TO FLY!!! WHAT A PAIR!!
JR WOULD BE WATCHING BOBBY AND THE GANG. TWO WOMEN FIGHTING LIKE CATS AND DOGS. YOU KNOW WHO I MEAN. AND BOBBIES WIFE HER OWN SOUPED UP SILVER CAR ALL NEW HAND MADE ENGINE.
THE STARS OUT JAMES BOND HIS OWN ENGINE AND HE DISAPPEARS. THE CIA FROM CHINA. THE USA TRYING TO KEEP THEIR CHINA SH IT OUT AND THE WHO BOX. KBC THEIR AND THE MOOSE WITH THE RUSSIAN SPIES FROM THE CARTOON. THE ANGELS AND CHARLIE HE HAS GIVEN THEM AN ASSIGNMENT. OH LORD!!! PROTECT THEM ANGELS.

MEXICAN AUTO BUT NOT REALLY FROM MEXICO. THEIR DRIVERS AND MEN ARE TIED UP AND ANOTHER GET CAUGHT. THE DALLAS BOYS SOME IN ARAB LADIES CLOTHS SHOW UP IN DISGUISE. READY GEORGE W BUSH FOR DUTY. LOOK AT YOU. THEN ANOTHER PART OF THE TEAM IN BLACK SUITES AND GLASSES. THEIR READY FOR UNDER COVER DUTY. RETIRED THEY ARE FROM THE DALLAS COWBOYS.
PORCHE, RUSSIA, FRANCE, BRITAIN, ITALY, BELGUM, AUTRALLIA, COLORADO AND JUST ABOUT ALL THE USA.

HARLEY DAVIDSON IS THERE FOR ALL THE MOTORCYCLE COMPETITION AND SO ARE THE JAPS JAPANESE.
FASHION IN THE CLEAR HOUSE AND INSURANCE AND STOCK AND BONDS GOING STRONG.

IN THE AUTO WITH BOBBIES WIFE NANCY PELOSKI SHE'S GETTIN READY FOR THE NEXT PRESIDENTIAL RACE OF 2012.
HILLARY IS THERE DRAGGIN BILL AND THE BAG LADY SHOWED UP SELLIN HER GOODS. HILARY HAS THE IRS WAITIN, SHE CALLED AHEAD FOR THE BAG LADY.

GENTLEMEN THEY ARE TAKE THE HANDS OF THEIR GALS, DIAMONDS, SPURS( THE RUSSIAN HAS THEM WITH BULLWINKLE ) AND JEWELS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD FOR THEIR COMPETITION. THE PROCEEDS CAN BUILD A HEART AND BRAIN RESEARCH AND HOSPITAL IN DALLAS. ENTRANTS FROM ALL OVER THE USA AND WORLD.
IDEAS FROM THE FUTURE ARE THE DEAM AND SCEAM. STEELERS ARE THERE AND A COMIN SO SECURITY, MAKE IT NEW AND NO CHINA GLUE. CHENEY AND CLINTON CHECK OUT THE MAKERS AND CONNECTORS OF YOUR PACEMAKERS.
DOCTORS AND HOSPITALS OH MERCY ME, SUTTER YOU TOO CHECK OUT THOSE FACE COVERS MASKS AND DARTHVADER AND R2D2 HAS BEEN DONATED FOR FUN TO VISIT THE SHOW. GLOVES IN THE HOSPITAL ARE THEY FROM CHINA. DON't tell me after you have your hands inside my chest or womb. God help us!!! The highest of siences are also in the race. TOP SECURITY FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.

DINNER IS BLACK TIE, WHITE TIE, GAME STYLE, HOME COOKIN, COOK OUT AND TASTINGS. ALL OVER TOWN AND ALONG THE WAY WAGERS, MEN, WOMEN SAMPLIN, BUYIN IN, INVESTING AND MAKING MONEY!!!
INTEREST AND EXCHANGE.

CARS ARE THE FASTEST, FLYING, PASSIN UP THE JAPANESE TRAINS AND THE MILITARY. GEORGE W BUSH TALKS TO HIS COWBOYS, AND CALLS IN THE MARINES FOR SECURITY. THE NAVY, ARMY AND ALL RESERVIST AND CORP AND AVALABLE ARE ON CALL AND WITH A PHONE. PHONES ARE THE NEWEST AND THE TECH IS OUT OF THIS WORLD. SOLAR AUTOMOBILES FLYIN IN, AND SOME LOOK LIKE SPACE SHIPS. SOME THE FANCIEST AND SOME GOOD OLD BOYS!!!

LADIES ARE WEARIN FOX HUNTIN UNIFORMS AND EVENING GOWNS. MORE BEUTIFUL AND SOME OUT OF THIS WORLD LANDISH COMPARED TO THE OSCARS.

WHITE GLOVES ON THE USHERS AND HOTELS ARE BRINGIN IN THEIR NEW. STEPPIN IN EASY TAX CREDITS, THERE IS A WAR ON. YOU BET. MICROSOFT OF GO PLAY CHESS.

IRAN IS WATCHIN AND DROPPIN IN FROM THEIR SPACE SHUTTLE. BUSH HAS IT COVERED, HIM, ORIN HATCH, JOHN MCCAIN, THE LOVELY LADY FROM TEXAS AND THE LOTT OF THEM ARE ALL THERE AND COMPETING.
THE FROM THE SUDDEN CHANGE OF THE RED FORD OCCUPIED BY THE GREAT GEORGE W BUSH SR AND JR ARE NOW REVIN UP. SLICK JR HAS A FEW UNTOLD CHANGES AND THE FROM EXHAUST COMES THE FLAG, RED WHITE AND BLUE WITH ALL 51 STARS. JR LAUGHES HIS HEAD OFF I LOVE THESE SURPRISES. UP AND AWAY THEIR VEHICLE IS FLYIN!!!!

BUSH HAS GOT IRAN FROM THEIR SPACE STATION SUCKION CUPPED AND HANGIN ON STRINGS, THEY HAD PLANS TO LAND ONE HEAVY ATTACK.

ALL NATIONS WERE INVITED AND THE SURPRISES ARE PECULIAR AND BEHOLDEN. A PREACHER MAN CAME UP AND SAID PRAYERS FOR WHAT WAS TO BE JUST BEFORE THE START OF THE RACE. AFTER THE RUGGED CROSS HE WORE WAS THERE HANGIN, HE TAKES OFF HIS GARMENT A FAKE AND IN ALL WHITE SLID INTO HIS MOVIN JAMIN BOMB OF A VEHICLE. MAVRICK LOOKIN FELLOW SHOWS UP HE WAS GAMBLIN AND THEN THE YOU KNOW WHO'S OF THE ADVENTURE MOVES SHOW UP. THE SURPRISES. YOU SEE EGYPT YEP PITT AND CRUISE THEY HAD SET UP SOME STALLS. AND THE MAKINS IN THE COOKIN.
DON'T BE LEFT OUT. MY FAVORITE FOR THIS RACE I WON'T TELL. STAY OUT OF JAIL!!!!

OBAMAHA DRESSED IN SHINEY SPACE BLACK.


CINDY SHEEHAN SHE TOOK OUT A CROSSING OF ONE OF THE HIGHWAYS.

BIN LADEN CAME IN DISGUISE!!!! HIS INVESTMENT ALL HIS BILLIONS. OH POOR LITTLE WIFES MIGHT HAVE TO COOK.

BREAD! THE ENTRANCE FEE. AT DINNERS ALONG THE WAY.

SALAD!! JEWELS RUBIES, DIAMONDS, EMERALDS, AND BIN LADENS MILLIONS.

THE MOST TINIEST PIN POINT WRITING SECURITY.
PUT IT IN YOUR EAR. THE MESSAGES ARE DUST PARTICLES THAT ARE THEN PULLED TOGETHER INTO MAGNETIC FIELDS. SWIRLING LIKE TORNADOES AND HURRICANES. LAYERED LIKE ATMOSPHERES. NO CHIPS AND NO HARD DRIVES, SOUND EFFECTS GO CRAZY.

LADIES AND GENTS YOU ALL CAN ENTER. MAKE IT GO ON THE INTERNET AND MAKE IT HAPPEN IN THE REAL WORLD. THE HOUSES DESIGNED KINETICALLY MOVING, FLOORS LIKE WET OPEN SPACES SCIENCE FICTION.

CATCH THE DISAPPEARING ACT AND APPEARING.
GEORGE W BUSH AT SOMETIME FLIES IN A SPACE SUIT AND SAYS HE JUST RETURNED FROM THE FIRST PRESIDENTIAL SPACE TRAVEL AND HAS PLACED A PLAQUE THAT SAYS THE MOON TERRITORY AND PROPERTY OF THE USA!!!!

GOD I LOVE BEING AMERICAN!!!!! HEY SCHWARZNEGGER AND THE WORKMAN'S COMP COMMISSIONER OF CALIFORNIA GET GOIN.

THREE WHEELED CARTS ARE ALREADY CREATED SEE WEEKS AND TAKE A LOOK AT SCIENCE FICTION. MOVE OR YOU WILL BE LEFT BEHIND. MOONIN IT!!!!

KIDS STAY AWAY FROM THE COUGH SYRUP IT'S ADDICTIVE. TAKE IT OFF THE SHELF AND MAKE IT PERSCRIPTION. YES MEDICINE WILL BE THERE TOO.

NEW SURGERIES? HOW ABOUT HEALING SURGICALLY THE LIVER, HEART AND KIDNEYS, THE EYES THE BRAIN THE SPINE. HOW CLOSE ARE WE TO REGROWING THEM FROM ONE OF YOUR OWN CELLS AS YOU SPEAK.

THIS IS NO JOKE THESE ARE JOBS ALL OVER THE WORLD. MAKE THINGS FROM CHINA SAFE, WHAT'S IN THE SOAP AND THOSE DVD? ALL OVER THE WORLD!!!!!

CREATE!!!! INSTEAD OF ENTER.

THREE DIMENSIONAL SHOWS IN THE MOVIES, COMING OUT OF AND OR INFRONT OF THE SCREEN, A MOVIE WITH LYTHOGRAPHICS FIGURES AND THEN 3 D LIVE ACTION, MAGNIFY A LITTLE HAND PIECE THAT HAS A SCREEN AND A BRAILLE READ OUT OR LAGUAGE IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE OF YOUR CHOICE. MAKE MONEY AND SAVE HOLLYWOOD. MAKE ALL MOVIES IN THE MOVIE HOUSE. HUGE 360 DEGREES IN CIRCUMFURENCE.
WHEN WILL THE FIRST MOVIE BE FILMED AND SEEN ON SCREEN ON THE MOON OR IN SPACE?


s walker:

Dear Friends:

Do not give small children pop corn. One it is not as easy to digest the corn husks. Two little children can choke, it gets caught some place in the throat and or nasal. One absolutely beautiful two year old child, I knew in Arizona tragically became mentally retarded. The mother a nurse right there with the child. In a family pool and with several others around. Seconds, all it took! The oxygen cut off to the brain. He is living but not the same as this little curley haired blue eyed child was. His parents loveingly taking care of him and their others. Emotionally? Do not give pop corn to a small child. Stay close to them in cribs, playpens, around water and really every where you can. Seconds make a difference with water, peanut butter, peanuts many others. Just take care.

Feeling well!!! A nice soup!! How about a nice Jewish made chicken noodle. How about a nice minestrone. Loving it! You get a good mama or papa or chef who can cook these home made and your next to heaven. Oh gestapo soup!!! Ladies and gentlemen in the warm climate a cool cucumber is so divine. In the northern a nice german potatoe soup. Complement your meal, bread, bread stick, crackers and a warm drink sider or what ever. Complement with wine or water, tea.

What a glorious evening, lunch or dinner.

Take pictures on a cell phone into a computer, what about a computer made photo album, filed, your design, down load onto a computer photo wall, collage on the wall or your office.
Faster Wedding Photos into your disk and family photo collection gifts. The baby size for grandma and grandpa Catch that appraisal photo with a cell phone what about it combination of computer soft ware hard drive and poloroid. Someone else!!!! AMerican. Oh the golf turnament have a mint of an idea make it happen. The olympics.

God I love being American. No cash but ideas.

Catch ball, polo, swim all selected friends, work, religious group, news, happenings, network groups, make it happen network clusters and down load, photos, meetings, products, marketing and get to the store.
Fashion changes faster seconds, around the world. Who wants to be cookie cutters look when you can look like out of this world. Amasing swirls, cell selection, size, male, female, designer, color, shoes, skirt, length, sweater, look ahead, color, whats coming, fabric, what's out ther, swirles like tornadoes, hurricaning through space in cells toward you, selection by design, you and see ahead. Shoes, your outfit comes up with rotating selection of shoe heal size, boot, booty, slipper shoe, high heal, you photoed and sized in design, in your home. Special selection in the store. Down load the coupon but have to bring it in. SEE reserve and catch the fastest those hand made sweaters from Africa, from Italy from Paris, From France, the wine available and new classes, jewelery desing your own, sell it at the same time. One for you and one for them, luxury. God I love being American. Man oh man suits made for space design and travel, meeting and lounge or board room, what to travel in, how, meeting on the plane, then in the limosine, then on the ranch, sweet change fast coming through. Get it before the horse ride on the Arabian, or palamino, Raw, Delight, sweet, gentle, the touch, soft, petals of silk like a rose opening, to the full bloom, in a mans hand, oh my baby.

Take from the net to the stage show, the woman, the man, the child,, the weather so real , of sensual, and delightful. Oh Charlie I am dancing with you in outer space, for me a man and a woman a delight and real. Not just for the heart but for the soal. Got a letter oh dear in a second private cell a photo and me, perfune and a visual and seconds latter from the car he is stollen away into a world of play. Oh a letter from Maria come into this world in a special way. From outer space from heaven. A man a woman come and be a child again. A mary go round of play. In your home. imagination in the decoration changing rotating automatically, to the lighting to the flooring not cookie cutter.


Imagine the down side of China a major earth quake, like a cyclone their market folds. Bring the money home, bring the business home. bring the bank home and put it in America, take stock in America. and I believe that the great wall will fall. Then and Japan. We have had enough.
For around the world is what man can have in product and design and in the outer space. Oh God I love being American. Save Save Save and Buy and save and put it in reserve in the profit and loss statement. I love those diamonds from Africa, Oh I love those pearls from the deep blue sea , Oh I love those rubies and emeralds. Oh the sand stone. I love being American. I love my man. Charlie I love you.
Bear Huggin!! Lovin it and he is coming home.
Amen. Amen Amen Amen. Amen. Shop in the stores. Amen.

The Ghost of '66:

England has post-imperial delusions expressed through its football team? You don't read the English press I take it. The team is kicked about in a more one-sided fashion than the ball in the Argentina-Serbia/(Mont) game.

The English just think that if you earn $100,000 a week paid for by the English working classes, you should at least be able to pass the ball. And after 40 years, its about bloody time!

A curious thing is that there is an increasing drift between the nations of the UK. This is being helped along by the fact that there is no "British" team. Scotland, Wales, England, N.Ireland all have their own teams.

Same with Espana. Just watch out for Catalonia in South Africa in 2010..

Plus, I have not yet seen those federalist Europeans in Western Europe argue for an EU team. Imagine that. Then there might be calls for an EU seat on the UNSC.. Comme il faut.

Anyway, hopefully Ingerrrland will discover expresso and make it to the final. Where we will thrash Argentina! Talk about post imperial delusions. At least we have Las Malvinas to cling to..

By the way, how do you get an Argentine to commit suicide? Get him to jump off his ego.

timfry:

Kim,

For years the US did not do well in gymnastics and ice skating but it was always the most popular TV event every Olympics. Only recently have we begun to really compete in those events (Mary Lou doesn't count). But of course the US dismisses any sport that we don't win at. Yeah, that makes a ton of sense.

Perhaps it has more to do with the fact that Americans grew up with three very popular homegrown games when soccer was starting to spread around the world. While Pele was dazzling the world, baseball was going through a golden age with Yogi Berra, Roberto Clemente, Sandy Koufax, Warren Spah, Mickey Mantle, and so many other greats.

But of course Americans can never appreciate anything they are not the best at. Only makes sense.

John:

Hey Kim, the country is called the United States of America. America is two continets and sevaral countries. And by the way if the U.S.A beats Ghana and Itlay beats Czech Rep. then the U.S.A would advacae as well. But thanks for the inner space lecture.

John

kim:

Good on ya, Lucia, for bringing up the generalisation of national characteristics which, I think, does show up in sports. Apart from trying to get fit or to get rid of my frustrations that's one of the reasons I follow the games.

Does the lack of interest in your column, as reflected by the few comments posted, indicate the American psyche to some extent, firstly to the fact that they are no longer in the World Cup competition hence no point in reading about it, and, the lack of support for the code in America because the American psyche is in the sports they do well on the world stage? I'd think the answers to both questions are yes. Amercans don't like losers.

In the case of Australia, my country, which still has a better than 50/50 chance of making it to the second round, the reaction to Japan leading one to nil - through a foul to the Aussie goalkeeper that was obvious to everyone but the three offcials in charge - the Aussie reaction was, typically, "how dare you cheat us who rank only 42 in the world but rated as arguably the best sporting country in the world per capita?"

The Aussies don't like injustice,in sports or otherwise, and the David-Goliah syndrom came forth to stage a great come back that the old Diggers could be proud of. We put three goals into the Japanese net in the time barely longer than it takes for an Aussie to down a pint of ale. Never have the Japanese been so humiliated since they fought the Aussies in New Guinea in WW II.

Going back to the US-Italian match, it was obvious an Italian elbow had caused the referee to deal out cards as if he was working in Vegas. But, isn't it typical for the Americans to retaliate, this time not with the US Army but with all the indignation of not being loved in the first place, literally a slap in the face?

Also, isn't it typical that the full force of revenge was applied so that not one but several Amercans were shown the red card?

If anyone doen't agree with me, then think about America's reactions after they lost China to the Comminists, after the French moved out of Vietnam after WW II, after numerous questionable dictators backed by America have been removed, after........,etc.

Please don't get me wrong for bagging America. After all, I'm only talking about
national psyche. Going back to the Socceroos again I'm afaid they might lose to Croatia, not because of the lack in ability and courage but because Australians often have self doubts when they are in an advanteous situation. Also, they tend to lower the curtain before the fat lady sings. Call it arrogance, if you like.

Meach:

Don't forget that when France won the World Cup, it was with the essential help of non-white Frenchmen. All forgotten now.

Jacknut:

You forgot to add that the Italians then dove and whined their way to mediocrity even while possessing a numerical advantage over a supposedly inferior team.

Yep... same ol' Italians... always whining...

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