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It’s been a weekend full of camping out in the backyard and going to water parks and playing mini-golf and seeing Cars.  A very Jamie weekend, all in all.  And about Cars:  while it’s nice that Hollywood finally got around to acknowledging NASCAR culture, and finally, finally paid some respect to uncorrupted, small-town community values, I have to point out that early in the film, as Lightning McQueen is being trundled off to California, we briefly see a exit sign on the highway that reads “Wingnutville.” Yet another gratuitous liberal-elite swipe at Red America!  They just can’t help themselves, can they?  I bet there was even a subliminal crescent figure of some kind in the climactic scene, but I forget whether a section of an oval can count as a crescent.

Oh, and by the way, I told you that 285 would be good enough to win this Open.  I just didn’t imagine that there would be any Vandeveldean drama involved.

Posted by on 06/18 at 07:52 PM
  1. Michael -

    Any predictions for the World Cup?

    Posted by  on  06/18  at  09:31 PM
  2. Does the Ivory Coast still have a chance?

    If not them, Trinidad-Tobago.  If not them, then maybe, just maybe Brazil.  But I didn’t see Greece winning that Euro 2004, so don’t go by me.

    And I still think Carolina will wind up hoisting the Stanley Cup in the next 24 hours.

    Posted by Michael  on  06/18  at  10:28 PM
  3. And I still think Carolina will wind up hoisting the Stanley Cup in the next 24 hours.
    Yes ... on that Bret Hedican game-winner.

    Cote d’Ivoire do indeed have a chance ... for third in their group - if they beat Serbia-and-until-recently-Montenegro. Netherlands and Argentina will move on from that group. Sad to see the Southeast Asian rep not get through.

    … but I forget whether a section of an oval can count as a crescent.
    It doesn’t pay to get hypertechnical on defining liberal implanted islamofascist imagery - the right people will “know it when they see it”. You know, like Scalia recognizing when a part of the constitution is no longer operative. Now for subliminal images, you can’t top the Little Mermaid video cover - Snopes says inadvertent - but from my experience with the visual acuity of graphic artists count me skeptical.

    Posted by  on  06/18  at  11:50 PM
  4. Yay Jon! A world cup mention.

    It says something that serious sports fans in the US exempt themselves from football (that’s ‘Sack-er’, if you’re a North American) Why is this?

    In 249 countries of the world the World Cup is the biggest sporting and cultural event of the year, yet in the 250th, it appears to be kind of a footnote to the World Series, Stanley Cup etc.

    The sooner the US rectifies this and starts to become obsessed with footie the better, it’s simply not natural for people to not be interested in footie. Plus it might help America engage with the real world and stop all this isolationist imperial nonsense that’s been going on far too long.

    btw. is there nothing more glorious than seeing Madame Doubtfire come second yet again? Here in Britishland, Monty is sort of the Red Sox of golf, the great metaphor for every ‘regular joe’ (or in British - ‘Man on the Clapham Omnibus’wink who never quite makes it. We wouldn’t know what to do if he actually won.

    Posted by thierry ennui  on  06/19  at  09:43 AM
  5. In 249 countries of the world the World Cup is the biggest sporting and cultural event of the year, yet in the 250th, it appears to be kind of a footnote to the World Series, Stanley Cup etc.

    Thierry, you misunderstimate the NHL’s mismanagement of hockey.  I honestly think that the World Cup is garnering more attention this year in the U.S. than Lord Stanley’s Cup, if only because the former is being hyped by ESPN, the latter by OLN.

    Posted by  on  06/19  at  10:02 AM
  6. Golf question for you, Michael: does the great increase in difficulty of US Open courses relative to the run of the mill PGA course make skill or luck more important? Feel free to show that this is a false dichotomy.

    Posted by John Protevi  on  06/19  at  11:36 AM
  7. Did someone say “World Cup?”

    A Brazil/Germany matchup in the final is a safe bet, of course. Brazil hasn’t looked sharp (much less unbeatable) yet, while Germany played two of the most exciting matches of the Cup. A boring pick, perhaps, but exciting soccer.

    Smart money’s on Ghana and the Czechs advancing out of Group E and the Oilers lifting the cup in that other sport.

    Posted by Trout  on  06/19  at  12:16 PM
  8. But the Vandeveldian drama was so sweet.  I can’t possibly be the only person who truly, deeply enjoyed seeing that stupid, self-satisfied grin wiped from Phil Mickelson’s fleshy face as he hit terrible shot after terrible shot on the 18th hole Sunday.  Really, considering Mickelson’s status and the situation (trying to win a third straight major), his meltdown is much, much worse than Jean Van de Velde’s.  If Mickelson had only taken off his shoes at some point on the 18th, there would be no doubt.

    Posted by  on  06/19  at  01:23 PM
  9. Ben, I appreciate your point. However, ‘garnering more attention’ is not what I’m really getting at. The point realy is that the rest of the world has footie as their game - it dominates the culture of almost all nations. Here in Britishland EVERY car has England flags flying from it, every newspaper is dominated by the football, every game (which amounts to 25 so far) is shown live on mainstream TV and everyone watches. All major towns have a giant public screen showing matches, All pubs, bars cafes & restaurants have become sports bars for a month. The same happens everywhere throughout the world. Last night the street of Seoul had a million people on them watching public screenings of their game against France. It was 3am in South Korea. Yet America pretty much absents itself from this superb togetherness and public fervour, and as in so many things it chooses an isolationalist stance.

    Football is, of course, a great metaphor for life. This geopolitical/social arrangement vis-a-vis the beautiful game says a lot.

    Posted by Thierry Ennui  on  06/19  at  02:35 PM
  10. What’s amazing to me is that Mickelson played so appallingly on 18—shot after shot—and yet did not begin to cry on camera. He should’ve been sobbing in that tremendous shame spiral.

    Posted by Orange  on  06/19  at  03:41 PM
  11. <block> I bet there was even a subliminal crescent figure of some kind in the climactic scene, but I forget whether a section of an oval can count as a crescent. </block>

    You know that there were crescent wrenches—the Tools of the IslamistLiberalPinkCommieHippie Manipulators of the Engines of Freedom—hiding out in toolboxes throughout the story.

    Posted by Ereshkigal  on  06/20  at  02:58 PM

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