Wednesday, July 05, 2006


Well, Italy books their ticket for the Sunday game in Berlin. I remember people talking up Italy's chances a few months back, but I don't think they could see it under these circumstances - drawing with the US, Brazil's sudden departure, the Serie A scandal, Totti's injury, Toni's scoring drought. But, they're there and that's all that matters. I gotta think they'll be favored, as well. They're younger and have more heart than either of their potential foes.

Of course, rooting for Italy is easy, si ? Everyone likes Italy for their food, their style of life, their names, their fashion, etc. I'm sure that there are some people who dislike them, but not many. Germany, on the other hand, is a tough country to root for - you need a reason to root for them. Deutschland is a vast place with great contributions to literature, music, lederhosen and of course, beer and pretzels. But, their actions from 1933-1945 coupled with the corporate and unemotional way that people think about them, make them a tough sell. It's like rooting for Microsoft to have a great quarter, I guess.