Archive: June, 2010
I was a late-life American convert to soccer. I always liked the world game -- even went to Giants Stadium (back when it was considered "futuristic") in 1977 to watch Pele & Co. play for the Cosmos when that was a short-lived fad. But it wasn't until 1994 -- with a crying baby, a second one on the way, and a long commute, when I was completely couch-bound after 8 p.m. and the World Cup was here in the United States and in primetime -- that I became the hopeless addict that I am today. I was already familiar with the peculiar and lonely plight of the U.S. fan, though.
When the American side had qualified in 1990 for the first time in four decade, my editors at New York Newsday sent me out to cover soccer mania, which was running rampant in that city of immigrants -- for everyone who was not a longtime American, that is. I went to packed, smokey British pubs and the futbol-crazed streets of Queens -- and then talked to the average person in the street who didn't have a clue that the United States even had a team in Italy that year, let alone when the games were.
Today is either...
a) The day you've been waiting for, when people finally wised up and stopped reading or posting comments on Attytood, or...
b) The day something went screwy with the comments.
In stoppage time, Langdon Donovan gives the U.S.A. one of the greatest moments in American sports history, bar none.
No stopping now -- we want the Cup!
Top U.S. civil rights leaders accuse Beck of hijacking King's "I Have a Dream" legacy, plan counter-rally
Some of the nation's top civil rights leaders are angrily accusing right-wing media star Glenn Beck of "hijacking" the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech by planning to rally his conservative forces at the same Lincoln Memorial site on the anniversary date of Aug. 28 -- and so they are planning a counter-rally and march of their own.
Somebody actually drinks this stuff!
The all-encompassing Gen. Stanley McChrystal flap is one of those train wrecks you could see coming from hundreds of miles away, kind of like the idea that Bill Clinton might have sex in the Oval Office. Anyone, unless or until it actually happens, in the chattering classes is going to be chattering away non-stop for the next few days over whether President Obama should fire the "going rogue" general, when they're not rehashing Harry Truman and Douglas McArthur.
It's a shame, because personally, I could a flying you-know-what over whether or not we change the general.
Daphne Eviatar, on the once quant notion of justice, American-style:
And the story that they now have to tell is a simple one: the U.S. criminal justice is working.