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Re: “I am Mike Vick: Why we should give the sanctimony a rest

You go ahead and be Michael Vick, then. By while you're at it, try reading "The Lost Dogs" and other accounts of his direct involvement in cruelty, pain and even death. There's a clear distinction between omission and commission, which your apology seems to miss. His was a sin of commission.

Posted by JMM on 10/30/2010 at 11:31 AM

Re: “Five reasons why you shouldn't join the Brazil bandwagon in this World Cup

Is it just me, or does anyone else think it is hilarious that this article is generating these responses here in the heart of NC? Awesome. Anyway...

Brian - I should've ended my comment by saying "yes" to Ghana, they're definitely worth rooting for, but not at the expense of denigrating Brazil.

Chris - You're not going to find many people who defend the CBF or the way that soccer has been run in Brazil for decades, but that does not take away from the fact that the majority of the population still bleeds for its national team. Spend some time in the "interior" of Brazil (esp. Minas Gerais) to get a more balanced view of what the average Brazilian thinks about their Seleção. My in-country experience over the past two decades has shown that they love their team, even when they do complain about it.

And last, but not least, msali - Obrigado pelo apoio, mas pode ficar tranquila que tem gente sobrando no mundo enteiro que ama Brasil-sil-sil-sil

Posted by JMM on 07/02/2010 at 8:12 AM

Re: “Five reasons why you shouldn't join the Brazil bandwagon in this World Cup

Wrong, wrong, wrong. Sorry, but way too many incorrect comparisons. The only one with any merit is the first one to the Yankees, because, yes, Brazil is and has been at the top of the sport for decades.

But Brazil as the Red Sox? Give me a break. Argentina definitely plays that role in international soccer.

Comparing Brazilian players to Manu? There's not a single international team that doesn't have floppers. That's not limited to Brazil.

Kaka as Tim Tebow? Well...I might begrudgingly give you that one.

But Duke as Brazil? That's the worst of all. As a longtime resident in São Paulo, Brazil, I can tell you that if you go to any game anywhere in the country, you're not going to be sitting next to many white folks. The Brazilian team faithfully epitomizes the world's largest mixed-raced nation, and there's nothing Dukie about it. Yes, the white(r) upper classes have more money to travel to South Africa to watch the game, but futebol is a game of the people, for the people, and played by the people of Brazil.

Posted by JMM on 07/01/2010 at 4:15 PM

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