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Give him the cup

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A typical argument given by an country for being chosen to host a Football (Soccer) World Cup would be ‘We love Footie!’ or ‘It’s been a long time’ or ‘Tourism has been really down these days.’

Here’s Obama’s argument for USA hosting the 2018/ 2022 WC:

As a child, I played soccer on a dirt road in Jakarta, and the game brought the children of my neighbourhood together. As a father, I saw that same spirit of unity alive on the fields and sidelines of my own daughters’ soccer games in Chicago. Soccer is truly the world’s sport, and the World Cup promotes camaraderie and friendly competition across the globe. That is why this bid is about much more than a game. It is about the United States of America inviting the world to gather all across our great country in celebration of our common hopes and dreams

An American who’s a fan of football (I refuse to call it soccer anymore) is a rarity anyway – and one who supports West Ham United, rarer than that. Given their troubles in wake of the Icelandic economic crisis, I totally sympathize with the Hammers, having had to suffer some heartburn over that particular topic myself. (The Icelandic meltdown, as obvious a pun as there can be, was what inspired this post).

As long as he doesn’t insist that all nations must only field those players who play for American clubs, I say Give Him The Cup!!

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Written by sujaybedekar

April 15, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Titanic Revisited

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Imagine a strong behemoth of a ship like the Titanic

Imagine it sailing in somewhat choppy waters which are very risky but which overall helps the ship people make a lot of extra money.

Now imagine NOT being too surprised when the ship crashes into a big frikkin’ iceberg and people start blaming each other for not expecting this. The people responsible for charting the courses either have already gotten off the ship or are long gone.

And lastly, imagine the ship being fettered with a lot of gaping holes (because the iceberg keeps on coming back at the ship, and it also hollers out to other icebergs to join in in the fun), and the people onshore on board being entrusted with silver teaspoons to ‘Help keep things afloat’. Folks who work hard and show excellent potential and ability are given ladles instead of spoons and are rewarded by a lot of fully-paid Titanic cruise passes.

Now replace the word ‘Titanic’ with the name of any big financial firm and ‘the iceberg’ with the current Credit Crisis …. the bilaadi metaphor still makes sense.

Written by sujaybedekar

November 1, 2008 at 4:47 pm

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