Is my toaster hot or not? (Thanks for the link, Astrid)
My wife and I got a chance to watch the U.S.-Costa Rica soccer match Saturday. We still have a bad habit of getting smoked by stylish South American breakaways, but obviously we held up alright. I have no doubt that part of that came from the fact that the United States was actually playing before a friendly side for once -- go Utah crowd. Chalk another one up for America's theocracy.
That winning spirit sure as hell didn't carry over to the U.S. rugby team's match against Wales on the same day. "Slaughter" is probably the best way to describe what happened on that pitch. This picture pretty much tells the story.
Continuing the sport theme, I still find myself stupidly hopeful that the Olympics will be held in London in 2012. As mentioned several times before, I have tied my personal ambition somewhat to this bid -- I want to be living in Britain by that time.
Several news reports I heard Monday stated that the International Olympics Committee found no negatives to Paris' bid. But what about the fact that Paris has all those French people?
True fact: The last time the Olympics were held in Paris, the U.S. National Anthem was booed by a crowd of as many as 40,000 after the U.S. rugby team won the gold medal. The U.S. had beaten the French 17-3 in a 90-minute* match and knocked unconscious France's top winger.
Another true fact: Rugby was scrapped as an Olympic sport after 1924, thus allowing the United States to claim an 85-year reign (the U.S. won gold in 1920, also) as the Olympic champion. There is a great deal of talk about bringing rugby back to the Olympics in 2008 in the form of men's and women's rugby sevens. Sevens is a faster game than proper rugby union (which is the only way 15-man rugby should be played; fuck rugby league) and the U.S. men might even stand a chance in that style of play. The U.S. women's team, meanwhile, would likely dominate. As is the case with most Olympic team sports -- soccer (although that gap is now closing), softball/baseball, basketball -- our women are better than our men.
Quick: Someone help me come up with Cockney rhyming slang for "internet broadcasting."
I don't know why this makes me laugh.
*At the time, the 80-minute game was not set in stone. The U.S. pushed for 45-minute halves because they were pretty sure they had superior stamina. The modern U.S. team still operates under the same theory, constantly kicking the ball away and assuming that eventually the other team will get tired. Unfortunately, this trick rarely works anymore -- as evidenced by Saturday's result against Wales.