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Ghana 2 US 1becaus [Jun. 22nd, 2006|12:13 pm]
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I stayed home from work today to watch the US vs Ghana World Cup game. I am a fan, sort of, of the US team, not because of any "USA! USA!" rah rah bullshit, but because they aren't very good, and yet stayed in for 3 games. Ghana definitely outplayed them, but the US had a bunch of shots on goal that could have tied it up or put them on top.

And the US uniforms are good, because they don't have big fucking candy colored flags all over them. The Logo says "US" but the soccer ball is in front of it, like it's more important than the country when it comes to football.



Worst bullshit of World Cup: Holland fans being barred from a game because their orange pants had a beer logo on them, and Bud Light -- the official beer of the world cup -- had a 'no other logos' clause in their sponsorship contract. The Dutch fans, bless their hearts, took off their pants and watched the game in their underwear.

Now here's what I don't get: You pay millions of dollars to sponsor the world cup, which takes place in Germany. But Germans wouldn't water their lawns with Bud Light. I think it sucks and I'm used to American beer.

On my son Sean's recommendation, I had a Weihenstephan HefeWeissBier at the end of the USA/Ghana game. Supposedly best HefeWeiss in the world, from what (they claim) the oldest brewery in the world. I liked it a lot: hints of fruit, sweet and fresh. Geschmeckt mir gut und Gemuetlich! Since I got 4 bottles at Dirty John's I got a Weihenstephan beer stein. It would have ruled if they'd had a Hefeweiss glass, but I like the stein too.
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[User Picture]From: moog55
2006-06-22 06:17 pm (UTC)
why do you hate america?
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From: gregclow
2006-06-23 12:40 pm (UTC)
I am a fan, sort of, of the US team, not because of any "USA! USA!" rah rah bullshit, but because they aren't very good, and yet stayed in for 3 games.

Well, every team got to play 3 games, so it wasn't that much of an achievement. :) I know what you mean though - they actually did fairly well all things considered. Their game against Italy was pretty exciting, even though the one goal the US got was actually scored by an Italian player...

Now here's what I don't get: You pay millions of dollars to sponsor the world cup, which takes place in Germany. But Germans wouldn't water their lawns with Bud Light.

Oh, there has been LOTS of talk about this on the beer blogs and forums. The whole thing has turned into a bit of a PR debacle for A-B. The sponsorship deal was signed before it was known which country would be hosting, and once Germany was chosen, A-B had to go through loads of shit. Like they're not allowed to call it Budweiser, since the Czech brewery that has used that name for many years before the American Bud came along has the rights to use it in Germany. And they're not allowed to call it Bud, since that's too close to Bit, which is a trademark of a German beer called Bitburger. So they've ended up having to sell it under the name Anheuser-Busch Bud or some such thing. And of course, since it's brewed with corn, it doesn't meet the German Reinheitsgebot regulations that state beer must be made with only water, barley, yeast and hops, so they had to jump through hoops for that one as well. And most of the mentions of the sponsorship deal in the press have focused on how much the Germans hate Bud. Quite a mess for them.
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[User Picture]From: chaircrusher
2006-06-24 01:59 am (UTC)
John's is pretty awesome, but .33l bottles of Koelsch (the beer of Cologne) that are 7 Euros a 12 pack is $4 a bottle. Good thing I'm about quality and not quantity!
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[User Picture]From: chaircrusher
2006-06-24 01:33 pm (UTC)
Well actually ... imagine having every pound you've spent on beer in the past 5 years back, all at once.
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