Sunday, July 09, 2006

Take that, France!

(You knew I wasn't going to go too long without talking about something sports-related.)

For the love of all that is holy, Italy had to win the World Cup over France. And they did, albeit by the detestable penalty kick shootout. But France was without two of its best penalty takers: Thierry Henry, who had been taken out in the overtime frame because of cramps; and their All-Universe captain Zinedine Zidane, who was rightly sent off in the second overtime after delivering a head butt that Vince McMahon would have been proud of. What a way to go into retirement. It would be as if Michael Jordan flattened Karl Malone in the 1998 NBA Finals with a straight cross.

So when
Les Bleus' David Trezeguet clanked a penalty shot off the crossbar, I rejoiced. There are few things I enjoy more than the schadenfreude of France's national pride getting punctured. All hail Italia!

(ETF vague reference in 1st graf.)


Seana said...

The Italians around here just wouldn't shut up. I could still hear them honking and blowing airhorns and yelling "WOOOOOOOO!" at each other at 11 pm. (Our Little Italy is very nearby and our city has a very large Italian population.) Go. to. bed.

And if you'll pardon me, aside from the nasty headbutt, what I saw of the game (admittedly not much) included a lot of Italians faking injuries hoping to get the other team a penalty. Boo.

Thank goodness for today's thunderstorm or I'm sure it would be impossible to get out of town via the northwest.

I wanted to be rooting for Germany in the finals. I have friends there.

ukrocks said...

I was sooooooooooooo happy that Italy won after Brazil got knocked out.

Cygnus said...

Actually, Seana, I agree with The Clown that this was an otherwise not-very-memorable World Cup. The diving and countless stretchers were ridiculous; I bet it would stop if the rule was, you get taken off on a stretcher, you're OUT.

Seana said...

Hey Cyg, how come your blog is always labelled something weird like "Undeterminated? That's so not a word." on the minimize bar thingie at the bottom of Explorer?

Did you set it up to display random quotes or what?

Chrissy (woe) said...

Just wanted to pop in and say HI!

Big *smooch* and you and LC must come to the island soon!

Cygnus said...

Seana: I just changed the title tag in the template, using /* and */ to comment out the existing line.

I copied that line and put my text in place of the placeholder for the blog name. I just edit in weird quotes that come to my depraved mind. The LGF site that I link to randomizes the lines somehow; I don't quite know how to do that.

Five cents, please! :-)

Lvoely to see you again, Mahal-woe! *smooch* And it's just a matter of time until we come back.

mysticwolf said...

So... You have a blog now. And, I have to find out from reading the SO forum?!?!? (BTW, your link to it in your Be The... finale thread has too many //'s after the http to work. But, I suppose that could be intentional. :D)

And, I notice you have me linked, but I don't remember you ever stopping by. :-)

As for the Cup? I missed the game but I will say that, from what I've seen and read since, I have a hard time faulting Zidean for headbutting given the insults given.

And, had Materazzi been given the ouster based upon the Yellow cards he deserved to get earlier in the game the incident would have never happened.

It cost France the game, and, imo, it was an undeserved loss. But, the officiating pretty much svcked throughout.

It was NOT Italy's finest hour, nor, for that matter, soccer's. :-(

Cygnus said...

Hi, Myst! I'm waiting for you to update your blog (had to FIND it first!)

Like it or not, trash talking is here to stay in sports. Maybe Zidane was goaded into it, but there is no/no justification for what he did as far as the rules go. You have to be the bigger man. It's the freaking World Cup!

The only time you get ejected from a game for words is saying the wrong ones to the official. So will FIFA give all teams sensitivity training now? (With special guest speaker Ozzie Guillen?)

It's not that I'm a diehard Italy fan, I just would prefer Jonathan and Victoria to win the World Cup than France. But the bottom line is, Zidane has no one to blame but himself. History will bear that out.