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Mark of New Jersey

Mark is a Founding Editor of The League of Ordinary Gentlemen, the predecessor of Ordinary Times.

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  1. Avatar Tom Van Dyke says:

    Now I get it: German fans rubbed it in by chanting: “We paid for your tickets.”

    “Without Angie, you wouldn’t be here,” bellowed the German fans, referring to the multibillion-dollar bailouts Greece has received from European partners, first and foremost Germany.

    “We’ll never pay you back,” countered the Greeks. “We’ll never pay you back.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/23/world/europe/greece-vs-germany-spills-off-soccer-field.htmlReport

  2. Avatar Scott says:

    I was hoping the German fans would break into “Deutschland über alles.”Report

  3. Avatar Jaybird says:

    Soccer is a sublimation of war.Report

    • Avatar Mike Schilling says:

      War is long periods of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror. Soccer leaves out the terror.Report

      • Avatar James Hanley says:

        Soccer leaves out the terror.

        Sadly, no.Report

        • Avatar Murali says:

          all this hating on soccer when grid-iron (i.e. american “foot”ball*) when grid-iron is far more violent.

          *You guys practically handle the ball most of the time. How is it even reaonable to call it foot ball?Report

          • Avatar James Hanley says:

            We rarely have football riots, sir. The carnage is confined to the playing field.

            Your second question is one of the great mysteries of life. Like why is team handball an Olympic sport?Report

          • Avatar Brandon Berg says:

            It’s called football for historical reasons. Students at Rugby played a football variant that allowed carrying the ball, and American football is ultimately derived from this.Report