Wednesday, June 17, 2009


By J. Thomas Duffy

I am a sucker for this kind of thing (like the girls' softball game last year, where the opposing team carried the girl who got the winning hit, but was injured, and unless she crossed the plate -- no substitution allowed -- her team would lose).

And, yes, the title is a riff on those Spanish soccer announcers gooooaaaallll calls.

H/T to Andrew Sullivan for being on the case of the Iranian soccer team members wearing green in support of the protesters back home.

Sullivan wrote:

Playing a critical game right now -- and look at their wrists. They took the bands off in the second half. God knows what they were told in the half-time. But for those who still don't believe this is a genuinely national movement, open your eyes.

From CNN:

Iran's soccer team wears symbolic green bands

Members of Iran's national soccer team wore green arm and wrist bands Wednesday during their World Cup qualifying match against South Korea.

The team does not normally wear green bands

As to the green wrist bands, from Think Progress:

After half-time, only one player kept his green wristband on. Iranian bloggers speculated that “Ali Abadi, chairman of the Iranian Football Federation (FFI), who is close to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, had telephoned Seoul during half time and instructed the players to remove the green wristbands immediately.”

From the rooftops ... Allah Akbar!


Bonus Iran Riffs

Somebody Check Jim Baker's Passport!

How High The Moon

"It's Now All of Iran!"

Bonus Bonus

Ray Charles - Bein' Green - CD Quality Audio

(Cross-posted at The Garlic.)

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