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Name: Mert
Member since: June 18, 2002
Last visit: August 02, 2002

mert has posted 2 links and 2 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 0 comments to the Locker Room.

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"America is to sports what Australia is to animals: : we have all the weird stuff, and we think it's normal," writes Adam Gopnik in the New Yorker. "First, it is not merely that our games are better spectacles; it is that they are only, or primarily, spectacles. Few Americans who watch these games play them. We play specially designed, domesticated versions—softball, touch football. Baseball—real hardball—is rarely played by people past the age of twelve; tackle football is the memory of a hobbled minority; and ice hockey remains, at best, the pastime of a frostbitten few."

posted by mert to general at 05:37 PM on July 13, 2002 - 1 comment

Turkey dominates : I thought this was a well played game, but I dont think they have a chance against the Brazilians. It seemed to me that Senegal opened really strong but then were taken off their game somehow.

posted by mert to soccer at 09:03 AM on June 22, 2002 - 8 comments

Recent Comments

Germany v Korea is semifinal 1.

Turkey Germany Brazil Korea

posted by mert at 11:56 AM on June 24, 2002

I'm surprised by how badly the Brits are taking this whole thing. As an American, I cant begin to understand the level of involvment and identification that the British people have with their national team. I guess we are a more ethnically diverse, less culturally homogenous culture, and a defeat does not reflect so directly on the whole of our ethnicity and heritage. If sports are a metaphor for war, the World Cup is the penultimate expression of tribalism.

posted by mert at 08:58 PM on June 21, 2002