Double Down: The Beautiful Game

Double Down: The Beautiful Game

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The World Cup is a big deal. This is no Winter Olympics, here. The beautiful game is all the rage because of its simplicity, its universality. Once every four years, the World Cup reminds us of our progress. Four years ago, we were head-butting in Berlin. Now, we’re euphoric and horny in South Africa. We’re threatening to out-tweet Twitter.

With an event of such magnitude, our nasty nemesis (read: bad) inevitably rears its ugly head. There’s a veritable smorgasbord of losers in South Africa that never even tie up their cleats: South Africa’s hidden homeless, Mother Nature, propriety. Still, it’s hard to argue that the bad trumps the good. Africa is psyched. Desmond Tutu is dancing. This are quite possibly transformative times.

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If you can’t get behind the ties and theatrics, get behind the spirit. Get behind the invisible phones. Get behind R. Kelly’s stupefying transmogrification from helplessly creepy sexaphor master to MJ-esque heal-the-world anthem ace:

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3 Responses to “Double Down: The Beautiful Game”

  1. Nick Zigler Says:

    June 20th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    This post has got it all. I forgot about the invisible phones! As a recently initiated futbol fan, I wholeheartedly enjoyed this.

  2. Paul the Clairvoyant Octopus Says:

    June 30th, 2010 at 12:52 pm

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  3. Indestructible Balls Says:

    July 20th, 2010 at 1:02 am

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