England Don’t Like Racists Who Aren’t Racist
As a Tottenham Supporter, I’m proud to be part of the Yid Army. I’m not going to pretend I have this deep history as a supporter – I started supporting the team initially because I really hate Arsenal – but I won’t deny I’m a small part of that history, regardless of how small it is. Much larger than me, Tottenham Hotspur were historically the club that London’s Jewish community identified with. While others would mockingly refer to Jews as Yids, they embraced it with the club in a mocking fashion (similar to the way Americans embraced “Yankee” during the Revolution). Of course, this isn’t without some degree of controversy, but when someone supports scummy, dirty Chelsea and criticizes it, in my mind the criticism only bolsters the historical tradition by Spurs supporters.
Against that backdrop, the FA (England’s governing authority for football) warned those that use they term they could be subject to criminal prosecution and banning orders. You read that right – you could be dubbed a criminal and banned from supporting your club – for simply using a term that has been adopted by the community of that very club.
Racism in European football is a very, very real problem. I don’t think this is one such problem. Considering the FA’s track record of picking coaches and a woefully underperforming national squad, I don’t think it’s to be trusted on this issue.
The United States is Brazil Bound
Tuesday night the United States Men’s National Team dominated the Mexican team. Good. In what has become routine in Columbus, OH, the Mexicans simply didn’t have it in them to compete. That said, they apparently didn’t have it in them to compete against Honduras in Mexico City, and I think we might be witnessing a squad incapable of qualifying for even the playoff game against New Zealand. But I digress…
Our national team showed some very solid pieces. I’m not a big fan of Eddie Johnson, but he looked good against the team. More importantly, I think Diskerud showed the promise of our up-and-coming squad that will need to fill in the gaps for Dempsey and Donovan after this World Cup. Even more impressive than that is the support that we as a country are showing for our national team.
Football (futbol/soccer) is the only true sport that is global in my mind. Rugby is limited in its global impact, much the same as cricket. Given the fact that our football players are over 300 pounds and collide with the force of trucks in a headon collision, I don’t exactly envision and bunch of Frenchmen competing successfully (remember, they tried that with the NFL Europe). I love that the United States will be well represented on the pitch and in the stands at next year’s World Cup.
Peyton Manning = God
Seven touchdowns. About 450 yards passing. Peyton Manning. Enough said. The defense played pretty well, too, considering some major starters were out of the game. We pretty much just threw a beatdown to the Ravens.
Prediction – We go 14-2, win the Super Bowl, and Peyton Manning joins the list of demigods that are past Denver Broncos – Elway, Davis, Mecklenberg, McCaffrey, Jackson.