Sunday, June 27, 2010

Thank You Ghana

Last night I was driving to the video store to rent season 1 of Californication (which by the way is an amazing show I wish I had seen before yesterday) when all of a sudden I had to slam on the brakes. There was traffic. A line of about 12-15 cars was slowly making its way through a stop sign that rarely sees more than 2 cars stopped at any given time. People were honking and when I finally got to the stop sign I realized what was happening.

On the side of the road there was 1 black guy dancing and smiling wearing a red, yellow and green hat with a black star on it and had a massive flag draped across his back with the same pattern. Everyone was stopping to roll down their windows and honk at this guy and congratulate him. And when I saw who he was you better believe I slowed down and congratulated him as well.

He was a Ghana fan.

You could chalk this up to Canadians being friendly or you could see the bigger picture. People were stopping to congratulate this man but while they may have been saying "Congratulations!" what they really meant was 'Thank you for beating the USA and making all their bandwagon fans shut the f*ck up!' At least thats what I meant.

When the final whistle blew on Fridays game and it became official that Ghana had knocked the USA out of the 2010 Fifa World Cup I was overcome with joy. No longer would I have to read pompous sports writers like Peter King and Joe Posnanski whine and complain about how the USA was being 'robbed' and how their 1-0 win over Algeria was 'an amazing achievement.'

The USA has no place in soccer and every last one of their "fans" is a bandwagon idiot whose fleeting obsession with the game will come and go like the latest shitty ABC comedy. People keep talking about how the USA's magic run at the World Cup is over. What tournament were they watching? 2 draws, 1 loss and only 1 win counts as a magical run?

Ghana did everyone a favor. Now I can go to Sports Illustrated and ESPN and and not have to see some puff piece about how Landon Donovan is the best athlete in American sports. PTI and Around the Horn will no longer be 30 minute fellatio sessions of the US soccer team by uninformed douchers who can't pronounce names, don't know rules and never watched a single game of soccer until 2 weeks ago.

So thank you Ghana. Thank you for putting an end to the "magical run" of the USA. You done good.

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