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Comment from: Mike Nelson [Visitor]
Are you serious about the Olympic basketball defeat to Russia? I'm all for you hoping the US loses, everyone loves rooting against the best, but that game was an abomination. Read a story about it from a source that isn't anti-American. The US wasn't shell-shocked because they lost, but because it was an obviously fixed game. Russia was given three chances to win the game, (the refs continually giving them more time on the clock) and still had to blatantly offensive foul on the "winning" shot. It was a fair-play-in-sports travesty, which is why absolutely not one player or coach has received their silver medals, and never will. Do you really think that level of commitment is due to the US team being unanimously bad sports and not admitting they lost, due to pride and smugness?
2006-06-08 @ 10:27
Comment from: Carl Strack [Visitor]
We shall see what teams are lined up for the Ryder Cup. I'll hold my comments till then. To me, Ryder Cup is one of the greatest sports events on the planet, and I love it, regardless of which team wins.
Believe me, you're not the only Brit who likes to see us Americans get stuffed in sports. Next to the World Cup, you Brits love nothing more than to beat America at any game, or support those who play against us.
I'm an expat American that works in the Middle East and plays golf with alot of your countrymen, but I do get my jabs in as well; I take every opportunity to take the piss out of you guys and call football SOCCER, because I refuse to placate to your constant widging and moaning to the contrary. Besides, that's what us Americans have called it ever since its creation. It's the same exact sport, so get over it already.
PS...We have a very good chance of winning Group E and advancing, once we beat Czech Republic. Team USA is the strongest squad it has ever been, and we shall our winning isn't a fluke. No longer is playing against Team USA a cake-walk.
But...you're entitled to your opinion.
Keep up your great blog, Clive. Best of luck.
2006-06-10 @ 12:17
Comment from: GT [Visitor]
What happened in group E again?
2006-06-22 @ 14:42
Comment from: three-putt [Visitor]
Clive, good, funny blog. The best humor always comes from an honest place, no matter where it leads, and it's obvious you're that kind of writer. Keep it up, there are many of us who appreciate it, despite what the Americanos above say. I'm an American, and that Olympic basketball loss to the Russians -- yow! -- is one of my most painful moments in sports, but I'm not paranoid about it.

It's funny how Americans and Brits, with whom we are so closely allied, can enjoy seeing each other humiliated so much. I confess I'm pulling against the Brits in the World Cup -- which to my horror and against every instinct I find myself following -- and I'm not sure why. Of course, I enjoy seeing the U.S. lose, too, but the reason for that is more obvious: I don't want to see soccer catch on here, like the soccer snobs have been predicting for decades.

Anyway, keep up the good work.
2006-06-23 @ 06:51
Comment from: three-putt [Visitor]
Oh, and by the way, I'm a Skoal man myself. I was in Ireland and Scotland recently, and turned a couple of Scots on to it. They were chewing like Earl Campbell -- "Skoal, brother" -- when I left and I'm hoping it spreads to England.
2006-06-23 @ 06:54
Comment from: Tony Two Turns [Visitor]
Sir Clive, old boy, great to see you have a stage on which to blather on endlessly about any subject that takes your fancy. The Yanks bore the brunt of your exceptional wit this time and I for one agreed with virtually everything you said. As you know, I have been living in the US of Stateside for nearly five years now and am enjoying it very much. Yes, my neighbours drink fizzy pop beer (which tastes more like sugar solution than beer), give the environment nary a second thought, and take five hours to get round 18 holes (get a bloody move on will you), but you know what - I luv'em.
That said, one can't put into words how utterly relieved I am the US are out of the World Cup. After 2002, I was a little afraid they might actually win the thing...and that would never do.
2006-06-23 @ 14:57
Comment from: Mortimer Merriweather [Visitor] Email
Brilliantly witty blog, old chap. Must dash now for a quick game of cricket followed by a stiff gin and tonic. Tally ho!
2006-09-24 @ 17:57

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