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Friday, June 16, 2006

Chris Bertram Dixit

Yesterday there was a thread started at Crooked Timber in which people discussed ad nauseam whether the most popular sport on Earth should be called "football" or "soccer" in English. After many people giving their opinion on which was the most correct term, today Chris Bertram nailed it:

Having just watched the end of Argentina-Serbia, the correct term is “magic”.


  • Now I understand what in this web makes me filth.

    By Anonymous Tom Cruise, at 11:29 PM, June 16, 2006  

  • And tell, what`s the difference between my church and football-religion?

    By Anonymous Tom Cruise, at 11:30 PM, June 16, 2006  

  • And just tell me, when do physics started to believe in "magic"?

    By Anonymous Tom Cruise, at 11:32 PM, June 16, 2006  

  • Mr Cruise, your third comment is a non sequitur as Bertram is not a physicist and the use of "magic" was a metaphor anyway; your second one is baffling and your first one is simply ungrammatical, so I don't feel they deserve an answer.

    And remember this: if you or any of your alter egos keeps posting comments without any substance, they will be summarily deleted our long-term friendship notwithstanding.

    By Anonymous Alejandro, at 11:40 PM, June 16, 2006  

  • Is ungrammatical an actual word?

    By Blogger DrNitro, at 7:29 AM, June 18, 2006  

  • Yes, it is.

    By Anonymous Alejandro, at 3:58 PM, June 18, 2006  

  • So, Doctor likes Mr Cruise`s comments? (I do :P)

    By Blogger Mundo del Cinismo, at 4:52 AM, June 19, 2006  

  • Argentina have peaked too soon.
    I like the parallels between the supposed favourites, Brazil, and the hard lads from England. Both teams expected to play much better. Both teams win by doing "just enough". Both teams yet to concede. Both teams full of flair. (In all of these comments you can add "unlike Argentina" to complete the sentence.) The World Cup is about improving with each game and peaking for the final, not against some no-hopers from Serbia.

    Richard J

    By Anonymous Richard J, at 10:49 AM, June 19, 2006  

  • Richard: I grant that the Serbia match was just one game and Argentina may flop in the following ones. On the other hand, I see no reason to think that it has "peaked" and must necessarily start declining now. And the idea that England will show more than what it has shown is just wishful thinking on your side -they may, but they may also get kicked out of the tournment by Germany or Ecuador in the next round. The only rational judgement at the moment, based on what we have actually seen in the games, does not favour them too much...

    By Blogger Alejandro, at 10:56 AM, June 19, 2006  

  • Just jealous Alejandro.
    Still, both England and Argentina have 6 points from 2 games. That's the only statistic that counts at this stage.
    Also, you may have Riquelme but we've got Peter Crouch...

    By Anonymous Richard J, at 11:07 AM, June 19, 2006  

  • And i've got a headache...


    By Blogger Marco Pollock, at 9:04 AM, June 20, 2006  

  • Peter Crouch... what the hell is doing a basketball player in a soccer-football-whatever team?

    He´s a shame to the aesthetics of the game!!

    By Blogger Darío, at 4:27 AM, June 21, 2006  

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