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Euro 2008 Final - Spain vs Germany
2008-06-29 09:35
by Bob Timmermann
I hope to be home for the second half of this one. But if not, enjoy the matchup of Spain and Germany. Whom do I root for?: The country that my great great grandparents came from back in 1837 or the country whose players I can sort of carry on a conversation with. Provided they're from the right part of Spain. Then again, I'm guessiing that a lot of the Germans can speak English. Or maybe the better team will win. It happens. The final will be played in Vienna, a city I like much more than Cleveland. But after this weekend, I would be inclined to say that Maywood, California is a nicer place than Cleveland.
2008-06-29 11:37:35
1.   Ember Nickel
Switch the relationship (or maybe not) and year and I've got the same dilemma. Though when it comes to football/soccer, I've never been able to cheer very hard when my little siblings aren't out there.
2008-06-29 11:39:19
2.   Greg Brock
Nice opening act, Europe.
2008-06-29 12:18:04
3.   Bob Hendley
I root for Espana to win, if only because their fans would go bananas.
2008-06-29 12:23:20
4.   Bob Timmermann
2008-06-29 12:23:38
5.   underdog
That was a fantastic run and goal by Torres. Wow.
2008-06-29 12:24:47
6.   underdog
Oh, and welcome back to California, USA, Bob.
2008-06-29 12:25:58
7.   Bob Hendley
Banana drop instead of balloons (could hurt, but less than frogs).
2008-06-29 12:35:24
8.   Bob Hendley
4 - Perhaps in Spain, but like Eskimos and snow/ice, in the Caribbean, platanos would refer to plantains. In the DR, the things we eat are known as guineos.
2008-06-29 12:36:16
9.   schoffle
Well that was a fun 1st half
2008-06-29 13:00:43
10.   Bob Hendley
Randy Newman was being sarcastic, Cleveland-wise?
2008-06-29 13:01:51
11.   MC Safety
Kuranyi Time.
2008-06-29 13:03:42
12.   Greg Brock
Is Ballack even on the pitch?

Oh, there he is.

2008-06-29 13:03:58
13.   Bob Timmermann
At the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame there is a telegram that Audrey Hepburn sent to Randy Newman apologizing for missing a concert of his in 1971.

Such things are not worth spending $22.

2008-06-29 13:04:31
14.   Bob Hendley
Actually, being observant, the Dominicans tend to use the mascaline form, banano. Hence, chiquita banana...
2008-06-29 13:09:34
15.   underdog
12 Just follow the trail of blood.
2008-06-29 13:10:59
16.   underdog
That was kind of a disgraceful moment, Podolski or whatever his name is, in the Spanish guy's face, and then the latter gave him a little head butt. Nice.
2008-06-29 13:19:35
17.   Zak
Andy Gray is getting on my nerves. If he is going to be pompous and critisize the ref with every decision, can he at least not preface his comments with, "I don't mean to criticize the referee" or "I'm sure the referee has his credentials". I'm not commenting on the refereeing, just Andy Gray needs to shut up.
2008-06-29 13:20:11
18.   Bob Hendley
Senna is Moorish?
2008-06-29 13:21:36
19.   Zak
18 Brazilian
2008-06-29 13:24:24
20.   Bob Hendley
Well, on that play, he was boorish.
2008-06-29 13:24:42
21.   underdog
17 Hah hah. I know. If the refs were only Scottish he'd be cool with them.
2008-06-29 13:28:18
22.   Bob Hendley
I keep waiting for the alemanes to mount their usual relentless and methodical attacks, but they seem to be caught up in the emotion. The Kaiser wouldn't approve.
2008-06-29 13:28:45
23.   Zak
21 I really think Andy Gray looks at any incident one time and makes up his mind. And then no matter what the replay might show, he won't change his mind. It's almost like the replay does not exist or he refuses to look at it. It's like Joe Morgan and OPS.
2008-06-29 13:31:19
24.   underdog
Germany's made some desperation moves and fouls late. Time's a running out.
2008-06-29 13:35:47
25.   Zak
24 To use an old footbal cliche, they look like they have run out of ideas. Spain do deserve this, even though they cannot stop making that one extra pass.
2008-06-29 13:35:51
26.   Bob Hendley
And Gomes is German? The German players keep holding their heads in their hands to display dismay. Seems very Latin to me.
2008-06-29 13:36:49
27.   Bob Hendley
Here comes the bananas!
2008-06-29 13:36:55
28.   Bob Timmermann
2008-06-29 13:37:58
29.   underdog
Viva España!
2008-06-29 13:39:04
30.   Bob Timmermann
Who were the Abraham Lincoln Brigade veterans rooting for?
2008-06-29 13:39:39
31.   Penarol1916
Spain just completely outclassed the Germans in every facet of the game, pretty much what should have been expected given the team's respective performances throughout this tournament. I'm still shocked that anyone could have predicted that Germany would crush Spain today.
2008-06-29 13:40:22
32.   Greg Brock
THAT was for Guernica.
2008-06-29 13:42:45
33.   Bob Hendley
31 - I am shocked more now, than I was before.
2008-06-29 13:50:15
34.   Bob Timmermann
I associate Guernica with getting my wallet stolen.

I don't think that's what Picasso was aiming at.

2008-06-29 14:18:52
35.   underdog
Spain can take some time off, basque in their glory some.

31 Yah, I'm not Nostradamus for thinking Spain would take this one, they've been the most consistent team in the tourney. (Although that was also when I thought Ballack wouldn't play.)

2008-06-29 16:07:45
36.   Vishal
2008-06-29 16:08:13
37.   Vishal
basque in their glory

kudos if that was intentional

2008-06-29 16:48:09
38.   underdog
37 Hey, I'm not bluebleeder (and I love the guy). Yep.

Suddenly, I'm craving tapas.

2008-06-30 14:53:21
39.   capdodger
Spain were better.

Good thing I watched that one from an airport hotel bar instead of the Fan Mile in Tiergarten. Being amongst that many sad Germans would have made me doubt the safety of flying the next day. While I made it home safely, it still impacted my trip today. I heard several variations on, "We're having a bit of a manpower shortage today, so (insert problem)."

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