Germany and Argentina in World Cup Final

Now that Hannibal Lecter (aka Luis Suarez) has been sent home and the tearful Brazilian lads will be playing for 3rd place in the God-forsaken city of Brasilia, we can get down to the serious business of determining who will be World Champion on Sunday: Germany or Argentina?  (Editor’s Note:  Actually, Suarez is being transferred from Liverpool to Barcelona as he has found Mediterranean cuisine more to his liking.)

Maracana-Stadium-in-Rio-do-Janeiro

The World Cup Final for 2014 will be played in the fabled stadium of Maracana – recently modernized at huge taxpayer expense – where Brazil suffered a historic defeat in the 1950 World Cup Final at the hands of Uruguay. Thanks to the Germans, the Brazilian national team can now play a meaningless game against Holland in front of all of the politicos who have enriched themselves building these soon-to-be-forgotten stadiums and their equally corrupt accomplices: the mercenaries of FIFA.

Other than seeing the artistry of Lionel Messi one more time, I have no great interest in this game other than the faint hope that it will a memorable one. Come on guys, let’s score a few goals and give each other a little space to work magic with the ball. Surprise me!

mark-oneOn behalf of Brazilian football fans, I can’t think of anything more revolting than an Argentine victory on Brazilian soil. If this were to occur, I suspect that Maracana will need to be demolished since no reputable Brazilian could live with the shame of having the Argentine dogs mark their territory in historic Maracana. As such, I am hopeful that Germany will raise their level of play and show Argentina and the muddled lads from Brazil that the “jogo bonito” is still very much alive elsewhere.

Frankly, I think this has been a great World Cup celebrated in a Brazilian style that brings merit to this great country. Unfortunately, Brazilian soccer was having a “down year” as its players seemed more interested in promoting silly electronic products than playing great football. I suspect that this will change soon. In any event, football finally captured the imagination and interest of millions of Americans and I hope that this interest is not short-lived.

In a lovely Opinion in The New York Times by David Brooks quoting extensively from Simon Critchley, he argues that soccer is far closer to “living” than baseball in ways we never imagined:

Finally, Critchley notes that soccer is like a 90-minute anxiety dream — one of those frustrating dreams when you’re trying to get somewhere but something is always in the way. This is yet another way soccer is like life.

Indeed, who am I to argue?  “Sheila, will you please unlock the door?”

Kraut and Bratwurst Tonight

Following Brazil’s 7-1 thrashing at the hands – read feet – of the Germans, I will be dining on Bratwurst and Sauerkraut tonight rather than my traditional caipirinha.

Well done, Germany!  What a clinical display of football.  It was a joy to watch, but I wished the Brazilians had shown a bit more spirit. In fact, it was downright disgraceful. I won’t soon forget this game.

Even FIFA can’t FIX this shoddy display of Brazilian football.

Crime News in Greenwich

Sheila is still receiving the Milbrook Crime Report which is sent out monthly by email to Milbrook residents. (Editor’s Note: As regular Gourmay readers are aware, we sold our home in Milbrook last year and are now renting a very nice apartment well above the tree-line. There is something to be said for no-maintenance living!)

No.  The Mays did not live here.  We don't like the smell of chlorine in the pool.

No. The Mays did not live here. We didn’t like the smell of chlorine in the fountain.

We are indeed fortunate to be living in Greenwich where salacious behavior is generally hushed up to protect the privacy of Greenwich residents.  (Editor’s Note:  Langston, “salacious behavior” is similar to the gratuitous sex and violence you find on “The Game of Thrones.”) Nevertheless, some less shocking news does occasionally tend to make the Police Blotter. Found below is a particularly amusing “crime note” from our beloved Milbrook neighborhood:

Protected Parking

Wednesday, June 25th, 12:30 PM

Milbrook security and York Maintenance installed a new STOP sign with a decorative base and fresh flowers at the Milbrook Club parking lot exit at Woodside Drive.

Murphy’s Law

Thursday, June 26th, 8:30 AM

Tragedy struck when the new STOP sign with a decorative base and fresh flowers, installed at the Milbrook Club parking lot exit at Woodside Drive was run into by a Club worker’s vehicle and annihilated.

This made my day and I hope it makes yours.