maandag 14 juni 2010
It's that time of the year again.
Ah, the 2010 Football World Championship. A month long of orange, orange and even more orange. You might have guessed by now that orange is the Netherlands' national color. Do the USA have a national color?
Anyway, this Very Important Event has caused trouble, trouble and even more trouble throughout the country. Dinner tables are left unattended, because everyone wants to eat close to the TV, no matter how inconvenient. As a matter of fact, everything has to be done within range of a working TV, which means people are home-bound. Really, the streets are empty, aside from dog-owners who give their furry friends their obligatory walk inbetween matches, with a disgruntled face because they aren't able to watch the the match analyses.
Meanwhile, schools are criticized for not letting have children a day off when the national team plays. Even the parents Kan, who both are teachers, assume it logical that a game of soccer is way more important than education. The school my brothers go to (and my dad teaches math) refused to let the students go, which is completely logical if you'd ask me. This action has made the news. The fact that a school wouldn't acknowledge the importance of a ball game has made the news. Apparently, it "ruined the school's reputation." Seriously.
Also, supermarkets eagerly jump on the bandwagon by introducing cheap, made-in-china thingies without any relation of any kind to football, and relate them to football anyway. (See pic.) While this was kind of fun at first, there currently are 7 different supermarkets with 7 different animal-ish collectibles. You can spy one in my profile pic, too! I believe there's a marketing conspiracy going on. I wanna move somewhere where the worldcup-hype has not yet arrived, although I doubt such a place exists.
To end this post and celebrate this Event, I have gathered several inspiring quotes; All of them match the current image I have about people affilated with football:
"For those of you watching in black and white, Spurs are in the all-yellow strip!"
"The game is balanced in Arsenal's favour."
"The World Cup is a truly International event."
-John Motson, commentator.
"Rosenborg have won 66 games, and they've scored in all of them!"
"Newcastle, of course, unbeaten in their last five wins."
-Brian Moore, commentator.
"The Dutch look like a huge jar of marmalade!"
-Barry Davies, commentator. ...I've no comments.
"Sometimes in football you have to score goals."
-Thierry Henry, footballer.
Yeah, I knew they were smart.