Posts Tagged ‘ Football ’

Euro 2012: Germans as the Bad Guys?

Angela Merkel, or Merk the Jerk, as I would call her if I were Greek, cheers after a German goal. (Photo Credit: ESPN)

For the third time in three games, German fans are in trouble with UEFA.  Over the 3 games of the Euro 2012 group stage, the German Soccer Association has been fined $50,000 for poor behavior on their fans part.  The first two fines were for throwing things and general soccer naughtiness, but the third, however, is a bit more startling.  They’ve been fined $31,200 due to fans displaying a swastika flag during the third and final group stage match against Denmark. Continue reading


The Tyranny of Time Zones

Blue alarm clock

Blue alarm clock (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I had planned to write about the Euro 2012 semi-final matchup between Spain and France.  Spain won 2-0 against the last team to have beaten them in a major tournament.  Since that last lost, at the 2006 World Cup, Spain has been on a remarkable run, having won both the Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup.  If they win this years Euros they will be the first team to win the 3 tournaments in a row.  Maintaining such a high level of play for so long is extremely difficult in international football.  I was excited to watch it and had the alarm set to wake up at 4:45am.  (Record scratches and stops playing)  That’s right, people.  I wake up at 4:45 in the morning to watch football, futbol, soccer or whatever the hell you want to call it.  I do it frequently.  I’ll probably do it tomorrow if I get more sleep. Continue reading