Wednesday, June 14, 2006

FIFA fever

Sports fans around the globe are in the grips of World Cup mania, and it's no different inside the Lim residence in North Greenhills. Every evening finds the four of us (we're missing the biggest football nut of us all, but Hanks will be home in just 9 more days, hurray!) with butts firmly planted on our living room couches, watching the nightly games live, thanks to the pay-per-view box we had hooked up to our TV. I don't have my dad and brother's comprehensive understanding of the sport and its rules (I still don't get the whole offside thing), but I like seeing countries, especially the smaller, underdog ones, coming together in nationalistic pride and solidarity to cheer for their team (crazy face paint, kooky hats and all). When Trinidad and Tobago survived a goal-less match versus a supposedly stronger Sweden squad, the nation celebrated like they had won the championship. When the beleaguered Togo team scored the first goal in their match against Korea, the players rejoiced by doing a bunny hop dance on the field. No matter that they eventually lost-- it was their first World Cup Finals appearance, and they had a goal. It's really amazing to witness such spirit and unbridled, achingly primal yet deeply human joy.

And yes, I enjoy watching cute players running around in their shorts. That's the main reason I'm rooting for England. Can I help it that Becks is so darn hot? :p

7 Comments:

At Tuesday, June 27, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

question is, WHO TO ROOT FOR NOW? i was with croatia. they got the boot. i was with australia. then they got the boot too...

i dont want brasil or argentina. they're too bloody caught up in their pele vs maradona saga, they dont even care about the game itself. england? too rowdy a bunch. spain? nah, dont like them mediterraneans too much, so that cancels out italy too. switzerland sana, but they got butchered by ukraine.

alright, PORTUGAL it is then. team of c.ronaldo!

Hehe, in the end, it's always about the players, never about the ball!

abi

 
At Wednesday, June 28, 2006, Blogger Ailee Through the Looking Glass said...

"...it's always about the players" -Right on! That's why I'm still rooting for England, rowdy hooligans notwithstanding. Becks is just too damn fiiine. The brilliant corner kicks and that awesome goal during their match against Ecuador are just bonuses to the total package. Oh, and as long as he doesn't open his mouth to speak. I hate his nasal voice. Minus major pogi points. Haha.

P.S. Portugal play dirty. I hope England trounces them. xp

 
At Wednesday, June 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BECK is HOT. you see, he is more than just a pretty face! c'mon, that goal during the ecuador game?!??! he put it in the bag for england!

PODOLKSI is ├╝ber hot too! hotter now in fact, post-2 goals during the germany x sweden game.

Broke my heart to see ljungberg looking so defeated... but well, he's hot just the same! :)

http://pub.tv2.no/multimedia/TV2/archive/00174/Fredrik_Ljungberg_174117g.jpg

abi, loving the WELTMEISTER!

 
At Saturday, August 18, 2007, Blogger sugeina said...

you should put some kind of warning sign beside that link.

i clicked on it right when my female japanese boss was passing by behind me, in perfect view of my 19" widescreen monitor.

serves me right for browsing through your blog in the office, eh?

 
At Sunday, August 19, 2007, Blogger Ailee Through the Looking Glass said...

Haha, my apologies. I'll make sure to put "NSFW" beside links like that in the future. ;p

Anyway, maybe your Japanese boss appreciated the photos? Haha.

 
At Thursday, August 23, 2007, Blogger sugeina said...

i doubt it. she was giving me this ominous look while walking back towards her desk - the same look i got from my second grade teacher when she caught me putting glue on the teacher's chair.

 
At Friday, August 24, 2007, Blogger Ailee Through the Looking Glass said...

Show her Freddie Ljungberg's underwear ads for Calvin Klein. If that doesn't do it for her, nothing will. ;p

 

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