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World Cup 2006, I Thank You

Posted by Robyn / July 9, 2006


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WHOA I LOVE WORLD CUP
I LOVE SOCCER
I LOVE THE WORLD

I kinda even love Italy. Well, after Argentina fell to Germany in the quarter-finals, Italy became my team to go all the way, love happened. That choice was not without some heartache though. But they played hard, they dove hard, they even cried a bit - but they fought and they won!!

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The party began moments after Italy scored their fouth out of a possible five goals in penalty kicks against France. Yes, another game that went all the way to penalty kicks - aaagh, this frustrates me, but the game's gotta end some time. And HOW TENSE WAS THIS FREAKIN GAME??

At only six minutes Zidane scored on a penalty for France - one that was somewhat controversial (haha, as if all penalties aren't somewhat) - the ball hitting the crossbar and bouncing down a couple inches inside the line. The intensity intensified. Fouls called, corners missed, shots on goal called offside (AGH!), and a whole bunch of apparently REALLY BAD OW OW LOOK AT MY PAIN-FACE kicks to the face, shins, back, etc. And then, during the second extra half, Zidane HEADBUTTED Materazzi in the chest! Yes, he certainly said something foul to him, but holy hell did he go down hard and ZZ was hit with the red card. He's said he's retiring, but what a way to send oneself off.

And now the Italians are set to party all night, if the scene outside my apartment on St. Laurent is any indication. (I just heard someone, amid the honk-honking outside my window, shout, "Zidane! F*** you!" btw. Oh, the drama!) Dudes, it's been going on since before 5 and shows no signs of letting up. I may have supported them in the match but there's really no way I'm heading up to Little Italy right now, i.e., soccer vs soccer fans... They're tangled up in each other for sure, but there's a certain level of madness I'm not willing to enter into right now.

It's been a long and dramatic three weeks of high-quality soccer action. I am sad to see it go. I loved it all, even the heartbreakers. But I will be following soccer like the fiend I am anyway. Oh, and, y'know, getting back to the regular scheduled life, which I sorta half-forgot about. So that's EXCITING. I'm looking forward to looking at these things called books. Also: outdoor activities. Like SOCCER.

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Post-script: 11:14pm:
ENOUGH WITH THE FUXORING HORNS ALREADY YOU IDIOTS WE GET IT
I'M TOTALLY GONNA GO OUT THERE AND HEADBUTT SOMEONE IN THE CHEST ANY F*CKING MINUTE F*CK

Discussion

15 Comments

mike / July 9, 2006 at 11:11 pm
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i also love soccer. but, i think i may frackin' hate the world cup. or maybe i just hate flag waving, horn honking europeans. yeah. that's it, i hate europeans. smelly bastards.
rrrobyn / July 9, 2006 at 11:24 pm
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this will not dampen my enthusiasm for world cup or for soccer; i won't let it. it does, however, dampen my enthusiasm for italy supporters. and car horns. and whistles. and royal blue. and giant flags. and long greasy hair. and pasta. and that bastard da vinci. AAAAAH, JUST STOP IT ALREADY I HATE YOU ALLLLLL. WHY CAN'T YOU JUST GO PARTY AND EAT AND DANCE IN THE STREET LIKE NORMAL PEOPLE - WHY FOR ALL THE DRIVING?? HORNS ARE LOUD AND YR MUSIC SUCKS TOO
rrrobyn / July 10, 2006 at 10:49 am
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okay, better today. all love has returned.
Jer / July 10, 2006 at 12:17 pm
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Wow. Reading your post was like watching a breakdown happen live. You were so happy and then you just got totally horned out.

Personally I loved it. Hopefully baseball fans start acting this way so that every night for the next 180 days there will be festivities like this somewhere in town.
Soccer fans in a car / July 10, 2006 at 07:21 pm
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Honnnnnnnnnnk! Honk honk honk! HOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNKKKK! Honk! Honnnnk! Honnkkk-honk-honkkkkkkkkk! H-! Hoooooooooooooooooooonk!
Evelyne / July 10, 2006 at 09:12 pm
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One of my exasperated friends asked an Italian fan yesterday if he "recalled losing WWII?"
Peter / July 11, 2006 at 01:19 am
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If the cops had ticketed everyone blowing their horns on Sunday, I calculate the city would have made, um.... $52,567,875,389.34.
That would have been enough to supply super-quiet central air to everyone on the Plateau. With enough over to sent Zidane a gold-plated helmet shaped like the World Cup.
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