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Monday, March 13, 2006

You Watching The World Cup of Baseball?

Me neither. And I love baseball too.

But some are!

4 Comments:

  • Round Two is being contested about 40 miles south of me.

    With USA, Japan, South Korea and Mexico competing.

    USA probably had their only home game today (vs Japan), against Korea and Mexico the cheering will probably be heavier for the foreign teams.

    That's why you have to love Southern California, and there's precedent for this speculation, in football (I'll refrain from calling in soccer) when USA and Mexico (account from a reprint of an article in the LATimes from '99) the following happened:

    During a U.S.-Mexico game at the Coliseum last year, the sellout crowd
    jeered at the U.S. national anthem and booed and threw objects at the U.S.
    team. For a feverish instant, Los Angeles was Mexico. The display
    underscored the growing transnational character of the city -- and the
    galvanizing power of soccer not just as a sport, but as a nationalistic
    mecca.


    I don't think the Star Spangled Banner has been booed since then, there was a backlash for that disrespect.

    Just the same, during World Cup qualifying whenever the USA plays against Mexico they play in New England instead of Southern California, just to offer the chance at a home field for the home country.

    By Blogger XWL, at Mon Mar 13, 03:52:00 am GMT-5  

  • I'm not convinced that EA Sports didn't contract out a live-action version of the MLB2006 video game and call it "The World Cup of Baseball!"

    Maybe it's that video game/tv "convergence" I keep hearing about.

    By Blogger Ron, at Mon Mar 13, 10:51:00 am GMT-5  

  • Round Two is being contested about 40 miles south of me.

    You should go, maybe, XWL! You can blog about it, and I'll link to you.

    (Oops! This reminds me...let's see what I can do prontissimo)

    With USA, Japan, South Korea and Mexico competing.

    Good teams, all.

    USA probably had their only home game today (vs Japan), against Korea and Mexico the cheering will probably be heavier for the foreign teams.

    Apparently there was a controversial ninth inning call that "gave" the US the win v. Japan?

    Watch this become another Ahn-Ohno brouhaha...but then the Japanese are a little less punchy towards the Americans.

    (Although not if their base presence popularity numbers are to be believed...)

    That's why you have to love Southern California, and there's precedent for this speculation, in football (I'll refrain from calling in soccer)

    It's okay! You can call it soccer.

    One of my greatest beefs with people, is when they think that "soccer" is an Americanism.

    It's not!

    We, in the UK, "invented" the word soccer, from Association Football, following the slang tradition of "rugger" for rugby, etc.

    And soccer, although not that common in everyday usage for football, is not unheard of -- but as ever, it has a class undertone.

    The upper-classes use soccer, almost exclusively, since that's what it is called in public schools like Eton, and Winchester, etc.

    Whew, you didn't ask for this all this palavah, XWL, but I gave it to you anyways!

    and the
    galvanizing power of soccer not just as a sport, but as a nationalistic
    mecca.


    I started my internet career in a soccer forum, and the base of Sundries' commenters is made up of those forum members (JSU, Renato, Shussbar, etc.).

    And one of our favourite, much whined about topics is the USA-Mexico soccer rivalry, especially when it is played in the US, and ESPECIALLY in LA.

    What you quote, is not the half of it.

    I'm sure you know, but perhaps others don't know that a favourite trick of Mexican or Mexican-American supporters, is to throw bags of urine unto the players, as they come out of the tunnel...

    Just disgusting.

    I like Mexico, and Mexicans, a lot, but I highly highly dislike them in soccer.

    I don't think the Star Spangled Banner has been booed since then, there was a backlash for that disrespect.

    Good.

    I hate that crap...whether the US, or France when they play Algeria, or Turks in Germany when Turkey play Germany, it's awful when your own "people" are cheered against by your own "people".

    But I'm such a hypocrite, as I admit, if the US played England in a match (as it did in Chicago last year), I would still root for England.

    Hey, it's my homeland, despite my adoration for the US.

    But you can be sure I would be at least, restrained about it!

    Only one urine bag.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Mar 14, 12:34:00 am GMT-5  

  • I'm not convinced that EA Sports didn't contract out a live-action version of the MLB2006 video game and call it "The World Cup of Baseball!"

    Could be!

    BTW, I will be buying a Yahoo MLB Plus fantasy league, so if anyone wants to participate, please let me know. It's gratis for my guests. :)

    Maybe it's that video game/tv "convergence" I keep hearing about.

    What's that about then? I'm out of the loop.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Mar 14, 12:37:00 am GMT-5  

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