Sunday, June 26, 2011

Californexico ? There are moments when one might wonder.

This may be preferable to the Mexicans chanting support for Osama bin Laden during a soccer match a few years ago.  Mexico was an oddly split country - 20-30% believed the US government had destroyed the WTC.  Maybe they are getting better now that bin Laden is dead.  A few days ago three trucks carrying Mexican soldiers crossed the US border (their government, which lies almost every time they speak, told the US the soldiers were confused) - maybe they were on the way to the soccer game.

In Gold Cup final, it's red, white and boo again

Mexico rallies for a 4-2 win over U.S. behind overwhelming support at Rose Bowl. In what other country would the visitors have home-field advantage?

By Bill Plaschke

June 25, 2011, 10:15 p.m.

It was imperfectly odd. It was strangely unsettling. It was uniquely American.

On a balmy early Saturday summer evening, the U.S soccer team played for a prestigious championship in a U.S. stadium … and was smothered in boos.

Its fans were vastly outnumbered. Its goalkeeper was bathed in a chanted obscenity. Even its national anthem was filled with the blowing of air horns and bouncing of beach balls.

Most of these hostile visitors didn't live in another country. Most, in fact, were not visitors at all, many of them being U.S. residents whose lives are here but whose sporting souls remain elsewhere.

Welcome to another unveiling of that social portrait known as a U.S.-Mexico soccer match, streaked as always in deep colors of red, white, blue, green … and gray.

"I love this country, it has given me everything that I have, and I'm proud to be part of it," said Victor Sanchez, a 37-year-old Monrovia resident wearing a Mexico jersey. "But yet, I didn't have a choice to come here, I was born in Mexico, and that is where my heart will always be."

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Make Mine Freedom - 1948

American Form of Government

Who's on First? Certainly isn't the Euro.