Monday, July 10, 2006

Did I Mention I'm Half Italian?

...and I am a fair-weather fan, so it's been a good day here.

The advantage of being a fair-weather fan is that you don't waste a whole lot of time being disappointed in a lame team. Over the years I have been a fair-weather fan of the Suns, the Jazz, the Nuggets (very, very short lived fan-hood; like 2 games), the Colorado Buffalos, and the Broncos (Sorry Cougars, you are conspicuously absent from this list). The disadvantage is that when viewing games with real fans you look kind of silly; I never know much about the teams, their players, their records, or anything besides their colors.

And, the advantage of being Italian is that you can tell people you are Italian and it sounds cool. The disadvantage is the constant battle against body hair; in my case, my eyebrows.

For those of you who have no interest in soccer, Italy beat France today (5-3) to win the World Cup. They were tied at the end of regular play, and at the end of the two 15 minute overtimes, so they went to a shootout. For those of you who think soccer is boring (like I did before this World Cup), you should watch a shootout. It was VERY STRESSFUL and VERY EXCITING.

(this photo was lifted from MSNBC.com, hope they don't mind)

Viva Italia! I'll love you until you stop winning forever!

14 comments:

Thoroughly Mormon Millie said...

Hee hee... you and my hubby share the same feelings about the Cougs. And I hear you about body hair (but I'm not half Italian - I think it's the German in me).

No Cool Story said...

BOFF: you are such a fan :) Italia loves you back forever!

I'm so silly, first I said I was not watching the game (No Germany, Brazil or Argetina? pffft!), but then I really wanted to watch it, so my best buddy TiVO was supposed to record it for me while I as at church...but I didn't think that they'd go to penalties at the end, so TiVO didn't record any of that!!
WAAAAH, WAAAAH! when I read your comment on my blog I looked like this --> :(
Boy, I feel so silly now.

Glad you had a good game, soccer sudden death is exciting.

No Cool Story said...

PS, I hear you on the body hair, It's the Mexi in me :)

handiemom said...

Italian does sound cool. Better than "English" which is the majority of me so I guess I have to claim it. I'm sorry to say I didn't watch any of the World Cup (no ESPN at my house), but thanks for letting me know the outcome!

jules said...

What about the Lakers? Are you a full fledged fan or not a fan at all (which I can't imagine would be smiled upon in your home).

txmommy said...

i didn't watch too much, but my brothers-in law/brothers and DD did. We were happy Italy won.

I too know teams by their colors, if I can identify them at all. Sometimes I have to ask "are we talking about basketball (or whatever ball it is) cause the seasons sort of blend together and I don't always pay attention. :)

Gabriela said...

NCS: sorry about missing the game! It was great.

Jules: I have never been/will never be a Lakers fan. Even when Karl Malone went to LA. It provides balance in my home against the evil forces of Guapo.

El Guapo (I hate my name) said...

I watched the soccer game at Sanborns with your dad. He didn't know the first thing about soccer, but he knew a lot about being Italian. He kept saying "Grazie" to the waitress so she would know that he was the real thing.

abc momma said...

Go Italy! I was rooting for Italy while my husband was rooting for France. Hee Hee.

We like the Trojans, Warriors, Raiders, Angels, and now Real Salt Lake has taken the place of the Earthquakes (since they moved).

smartmama said...

smart son ahs been wearing his moroccan soccer outfit in honor of the world cup this week

k-squared's mom said...

We were in a Japanese restaurant in Houston with friends during the finals and they were wondering why we were rooting for Italy. My quick reply, my best friend in Mexico is half-Italian (while my daughter pipes in, "and my friends are 1/4 Italian")!

Congratulations!

JLo said...

That game was incredible. However, I'm left wondering what Materazzi said to Zidane to ignite the headbutt seen 'round the world. I'm really hoping that it was either: (a) an insult about French wine (as it doesn't approach Italian wine), (b) some degrading comparison between brie and mozzarella cheeses, or (c) either a hair-do jab or a classic "Your Mom" line.

Regardless, it must have been the insult of a century to elicit that response.

utmommy said...

We were happy Italy won too! It does sound cool mentioning you're half Italian! DH isn't a big Cougar fan either, which often causes problems, since we do live in Utah, oops.

Gina said...

I caught the end of the game and of course routed for the Italians (I'm full blooded!) Viva Italia!