mandag, juni 09, 2008

The reason I've borrowed a television

I should feel traitorous for saying this, as my loyalties should be with my chosen team, Portugal. In my defense, I do also like several other teams, and gladly root for them (except of course when they're playing against Portugal). In this tournament, my chosen alternates are Holland and Spain (not in this tournament, I root for England, and it's odd to not have them playing here). Oh, and I also have teams I enjoy rooting against. In this tournament, Germany and Italy (not in this tournament, Argentina and the US).

But after that game, I really really want Holland to win it all. Even more than the Portugal over Spain final I dreamt of in the last post. I can't help it...Holland just play such lovely football. Does that make me a bad person? A bad fan? By the way, these may or may not be rhetorical questions.

14 kommentarer:

Annemarie sagde ...

When I arrived at work this morning, I found one of our managers wearing an orange shirt.. Later also some other colleagues arrived to get in the mood for this evening. Some of the departments (partly my department too) had decorated the offices and hallways with some orange balloons and other stuff already a few weeks ago. I was glad we don't have that many guests coming to our office, not everyone has to know we're a tiny bit crazy, right. My colleague and I thought the reason for starting the party and the decorations so early was because the team would be out very quickly. Is of course still possible. But maybe a (half) final with Portugal-The Netherlands?? I prefer another result than last year. But for you that's a tough one ;).

Annemarie sagde ...

PS: No, I don't think you're a bad fan. At least you're a much better and knowledgeable football fan than I am :). Just have fun on Wednesday and Friday!

Anonym sagde ...

as an American, I have no real interest in soccer. my favorite sport is Global Thermonuclear War, the one which we always win just by electing someone who might be crazy enough to start the game.

FourLegged sagde ...

doctorholocaust, we have traditionally had the dominant team in Global Thermonuclear War, but some of the smaller countries/teams are coming up quick.

Scholiast sagde ...

Holland was amazing last night - that 2nd goal? Outstanding! :D I'm normally rooting for England, in their absence I'm with Greece - but I'll watch a game like this any day :)

You're not a bad fan. They weren't playing against any one of your other chosen teams, right? And the important thing is that you're a fan of the game! Even if it means you'll end up dressing your daughter in orange ;)

Anonym sagde ...

Fourlegged - it's called lulling them into a false sense of security. THey so much as sneeze wrong and we can easily blow them back to the heavily-irradiated-rubble age (like a glow-in-the-dark Stone Age, essentially).

The only other sport i have much interest in is bowling, because it's the only one that is indoors, air-conditioned, and supplied with a snack bar. everything else is just running around outside fighting over a ball.

Devil Mood sagde ...

Thank God for that borrowed tv! Unfortunately I couldn't watch the match last night but I'll say that the oranges are tasting much sweeter this year.
My alternate team is Sweden simply because Henrik Larsson was my first football crush - I was 10, he had dreadlocks.

Anonym sagde ...

It's Netherlands, not Holland. Holland is a region in the Netherlands.

HB sagde ...

Heia Nederland! Skjønt jeg heier litt på Sverige også.

theblackscorpio sagde ...

You soccer people are crazy. I will now draw some more vampire-elven comics :o)

Greg Mills sagde ...

Soccer/Football is not a very telegenic sport. You miss the grace and sweep of the play.

Gridiron is hopeless on TV, and baseball is as dull in real life as it is on TV. Golf as spectator sport is beyond me.

Basketball and Hockey. Yeah. Rugby too. Those are some fine TV sports.

And tennis.

Anonym sagde ...

When they are a few weeks old, they hold their breath and go blue.
When they are a year old they get high temperatures and have febrile convulsions.
When they are two years old they fall over and cut their head.
When they are seven they fall and break a bone.
When they are fourteen they either get pregnant, or make someone pregnant.

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Anonym sagde ...

Which by the way of course totally is off topic. I sort of know that Germany played an okay game, and such. My head is full of things, that grownups should not have there :o).

kimananda sagde ...

Annemarie, it sounds very patriotic. And your team did quite well in the end. Too bad they didn't go further.

Dok/Fourlegged, I'll stick with soccer, if you don't mind. In fact, my lack of interest in nuclear war might be why I'm an expat.

Scholiast, it seems I'll be dressing my daughter in Spain's colors. ;-)

Ms. Mood, glad to know I'm not the only one who like teams sometimes based on cute players. I first really got into the Portugal team because Vítor Baía was so cute. Then, I moved on to Figo. Finally, settling on Rui Costa. Ah, the memories.

Anonymous, I'm generally very aware of the distinction (have even discussed it on this blog), but have always referred to the team as Holland. I would say that this is because I get my main football news from the Guardian, who call it Holland...or that the Danish press refers to them as Holland, or just that I've generally heard it referred to as Holland. But, no, actually, I call it Holland just to annoy you. Whoever you are. ;-)

HB, it's all about Spain now. What's the Norwegian team like, anyway? I don't think I've ever seen them play.

Ms. Black Scorpio, more a VM/EM fan...I'm not too fussed the rest of the time.

Greg, I've never been able to really get into basketball. But baseball..not on t.v., but at the park, with lots of wandering around and eating ballpark food.

Anonymous, hmmm...very reassuring links for a new mom to see. ;-)