Sunday, June 22, 2008


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It's pretty hard not to get into the whole soccer thing right now, as the Eurocup Championship has taken over. There are free Eurocup mini soccer balls in the Babybel cheese packs, free Eurocup t-shirts in the paper towel packs, text messages from Vodafone promising highlights by cell, and German flags waving from cars (no, that's not standard here!). Every night, SOMEONE's team has just won and people are driving up and down the streets screaming and honking. And, Germany will be in the semi-finals!...against Turkey, a team which apparently can't be beat under any circumstances! It's not that they're great - they're fine, but their real key is amazing luck. I missed some of their games, but I watched them come from behind in the last 15-20 minutes to beat the Czechs, who were crushed because they had been ahead most of the game. Then a couple of nights ago, in the very last minute of overtime, after Croatia had finally gotten a goal and was sure they'd won, Turkey got a goal too. That tied it and they had to go to penalty kicks to determine the winner, and Turkey won. I have nothing against Turkey, but frankly it was painful to watch Croatia's emotional roller coaster. And now Germany has to play these lucky Turks. Yikes! I don't know if I should go out to watch it on the big screen outside to watch the madness unfold, or hide in my apartment!!

And to commemorate the Eurocup, here's something absolutely terrible, brought to you by the same people who gave you "Cotton-Eyed Joe":


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