Friday, November 20, 2009

Who We're Buying a Beer For...

An abbreviated list this week to get it out for Friday:

1. Argentinian President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner

The South American nation's government forked over $155 million to purchase the rights to all of their national team's game an televise them for free. (Link: National Public Radio)

President Fernández de Kirchner (MILF?) announced this summer that Argentines would no longer be subject to pay-per-view matches or congregating at bars in order to catch Los Albicelestes.

Given the fiasco with the Honduran TV rights last month US President Barack Obama might want to take a page out of her political playbook. Think health care will lock in votes for Democrats? Just wait until he gets the soccer fan vote!

2. The Irish

The Guinness and Irish whiskey factories are going to have to kick it into overdrive after their national soccer team was gut-punched by France and striker Thierry Henry's extra-time handball.

There's nothing like not qualifying for the World Cup, then there's missing qualification by such a blatant touch on the ball as Henry's. This will probably go down as one of the most notorious no-call touches in the history of the game (alongside Maradona's "Hand of God" in 1986).

To add insult to injury at least Maradona was more coy in admitting his offense where as Henry comes off a bit less-than-impressive ("I will be honest, it was a handball. But I'm not the ref.")

3. Frankie Hejduk

Was given the arm band in the 71st minute of the international friendly against Denmark earlier this week.

While his defensive performance (Soccer By Ives said "Frankie Hejduk is still in the match. Is this one of these matches where you give a veteran the full 90 and then after the match you tell them 'See, you don't have it anymore'?") left a lot to be desired we'll definitely give him a round of applause for captaining the USMNT (his 1st time we believe).

That's always a special moment, no matter the circumstances.

Oh, and there was Jessica Alba, but we'll get to her next week. I know... it kills you that I didn't post a picture of her... too bad!


  1. I look forward to these posts each week.

    Yeah Argentina! I can't believe that didn't make it into the stimulus package here in the US.

  2. How about, "MILBBF" (Mother I'd Like to Buy a Beer For)? And then, you know. What happens, happens. In seriousness, nice move by the Argentine government.

  3. I agree with Aztexan. MILBBF is a the new term, someone put it on a t-shirt.


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