June 17, 2010
Last week I mentioned that I was not interested in sports. “I do not even watch them on TV!”
I won’t go into the details of the match itself because EVERYONE KNOWS just how seriously our glorious Mexican team womped those Bordeaux- imbibing, Baguette-baking, Escargot-eating , Petit four-nibbling Frenchmen… As many before me have pointed out, it was the Battle of Puebla all over again, n’est pas?
My family trooped over to Las Vigas restaurant-bar to watch our boys . And yes, I’ll admit we thought the other team would win… Oh we of little faith!
How I wish I’d had my camera after THE game!!! I saw a young guy on an old Vespa (sans helmet, replaced by huge sombrero) weave his way up to the congested intersection by our “Monumento a la Bandera.” An enormous tricolor flag was splayed out behind him and his functioning vocabulary seemed to have been reduced to three repeatedly screamed words, “¡VIVA!… ¡MEXICO!.. ¡C-U-A-H!”.
One of our city’s finest had just parked his black shiny Harley. He saw the kid and signaled for him to get down and come over. I watched, fearing what would happen next. The officer clamped a meaty hand on the teenager’s scrawny shoulder and told him, “You stand here by me and wave!” The two cycles were parked side by side and together, the aging pot-bellied policeman and the skinny young man, waving our nation’s flag and still yelling, “¡VIVA!… ¡MEXICO!… ¡C-U-A-H!” directed the the happy fans through the bottlenecked traffic.
Morale has been so lifted… If only it could last.
In fact, instead of continuing all the wars throughout the world; why don’t the leaders embrace futbol? If countries have border disputes, the two country’s teams would play a game and the winner would get his way. If one country thought another’s immigration policy perpetuated unfair treatment; the conflict could be resolved by some thundering feet …running… and kicking a white ball.
I think this is an EXCELLENT idea… how about you?
*** I found the above pictures on Google Images. For some great post-game shots of Mexico City, try this link: http://lesleytellez.wordpress.com/2010/06/17/scenes-from-mexico-city-post-world-cup-win-over-france/