Before we bring you the happy recap of today’s game, please sit back and take a look at this red ass delight, first brought to the masses by the good fellas over at Deadspin.
Somehow, this was left on the so-called cutting room floor.
It’s a good ‘un:
He could probably still play middle infield for the Mets, except he was huffing and puffing after the tirade.
Love the World Cup!! Like the Metric System, good beer and not invading other countries, it's sad the US won't join the rest of the world in this. I'm a baseball guy first, but there's no better sporting event than the World Cup!
What's happened to the Phillies? BoSox are going Backman on their ass...
Yeah, let's hope the damn Phils stay in a slump come this week when they arrive in the BX...
 ah, screw the world cup! boring as hell!!!
that said, i used to love indoor soccer. i miss the old MISL. my pop used to take me to see the NY Arrows. i think it was at nassau collesium. Steve Zungul! Shep Messing!
fuck these damn shit sox. their offense is on freakin' fire. yeah, lets hope the phitins' bats stay dead this week...
wally backman. 'nuff said...
 Oh man, you're off base! The passion and tension at the WC is like Game 7..but for a whole month! Once you get into soccer it's not so boring..(and to be honest, Yanks vs. Astros on a humid night in Texas where the players are half asleep...baseball can be a bit boring too sometimes!)
Time to head off to work, hope we sweep the Stros tomorrow. And yeah, pretty sad showing by the Phils in Fenway...
Video doesn't work for me, but it does show a Starbucks commercial that pitches their coffee using the style of the dosing-up montages from Requiem for a Dream. Creepy.
people like that worry me.
 right, because the US has a monopoly on invading other countries, war making and the like. Nothing like a little historical perspective. Dude, it's bad enough you have to pollute a perfectly good baseball site with talk of talk of the world's great, boring sport and its hyper nationalist tournament, but let's lay off the facile political humor! Jeez.
Just back from a bar called The Ainsworth on 26th. Atmosphere through the roof, full way past capacity. 50 TV, 48 on world cup, 2 on Yanks and Stros. Singing, chanting, swilling, sweating through your shirt.
When Green fumbled the ball into the net, the English screams (20% of the crowd?) were as loud as the US cheers.
Boring? Perhaps, but maybe when everybody else in the world is into something and you aren't, it's best not to be so dismissive about it and just move on to something you enjoy.
 it's killing me already. I finally escaped hockey up here, with the end of the painfully long NHL playoffs, just in time for the fargin' world cup to begin! Didn't the last one just end like two months ago? It sure feels like it. It's almost July and in north America that *should* mean only one thing sports-wise, and that's baseball, my man.
 My bad for talking WC on this thread, AB made a special post for us to talk the tournament and the game. Will stick there for soccer talk and leave the other threads for your guys migraine-inducing breakdown of Cervelli's OPS splits and defense...
Historical perspective? Even a basic glance at the last 15 years would show at least 7 countries either bombed or invaded by the US. Grand total of ZERO for invaded or bombed countries by Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea, China or Cuba..but we'll never agree on this so again, my bad for the "political" jibe. (You can't fight me on the metric system though!!)
 Correct! I hate golf and find it dull, but no denying it's a popular sport round the world that people follow closely. Soccer is by FAR the world's most popular game, boring or not if you like sports, hard not to acknowledge that..
I wonder if Wally is on meds. Did he know he was miked??
Golf: I now understand why (some) people want to play it. A couple of years ago I tried it out for the first time, and discovered that smacking a good drive is very satisfying. But I can't fathom watching it on television. I dunno, maybe I'd enjoy seeing it live (though I doubt it).
I will get dismissed or ignored for anything I say in general, so I'll say it: soccer is a bore to me because of the dearth of scoring. There. I'm not interested in watching men run around literally kicking the crap out of each other unless there's more at stake. And national pride does absolutely nothing for me; I must have that disease where if you're American and you can't beat other countries in something popular, you're not interested >;)
 Gimme some World Cup Kickball playoff action and I'm there in top hat and tails, my friend...
Yeah, I don't cotton to the game myself. Find it so frustrating to watch. But as I mentioned before, I love how the game binds people together on a world stage. And especially in a place like New York, this town has World Cup Fever and that part at least I can appreciate if not fully participate in...
Yo AB that Wally clip is very disturbing. Awesome film-making.
  I do believe there are no rules against a little political pitter pat on the Banter. Some perspective on what is actually going on in the world outside of the stadiums is not such a bad thing. And here on the Banter you gotta take it from the heart and go on from there. Right Chyll Will? Keepin' it real.
 Dat's whassup.
 And um, wowzers. He must've been working with Sam Jackson on that one... not quite there yet, Wally, but you get a gold star for effort >;)
 Oh no Chyll, not you too??? :) I think part of the joy in soccer is the buildup. You can see a team chipping away slowly but surely at the defense til it's only a matter of time till they score. Infinitely more entertaining than watching a running back plow into a steroid line for three yards, watch a time-out, then watch a punt, then a commercial, then a huddle, then another running play!
I don't watch soccer but it's an awesome sport. Honestly I'd watch the world cup but for the time that i'd never get back (and I already spend too much time on sports). Also, the nationalism of it doesn't appeal to me. But the game is good fun.
I find it ironic that a bunch of baseball fans are dismissing soccer because they find it "boring".
As with anything else, if people don't understand what's going on, it's easy to dismiss the game as boring, whether it's futbol, football, or baseball
While I can appreciate going after umpires when they can't call a decent zone, there's no reason for a grown ass man to act like that.
That's pretty good, but not as good as this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGZUKHtW7vg
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