In which my flippancy comes to the notice of the Brookings Institution

National Pastime

So JC from Sabernomics emails me today (well, yesterday, now) to tell me that I’m quoted in the opening of this book by Stefan Szymanski and Andrew Zimbalist. On the first page, yet. I found a PDF of the first chapter, and sure enough, there I am, second from the top. So I’m a little freaked.

It’s in reference to this old post on War Liberal:

War Liberal Classic: Another reason to hate soccer

Another reason to hate soccer

Accused Terrorist Talks at Belgium Trial

The “accused” terrorist (who has already admitted to being sent into Belgium to drive a bomb into a U.S. Air Force base, and to “committing himself becoming a ‘martyr’ for Osama bin Laden”) is named Nizar Trabelsi. And he’s a former European pro soccer player. You don’t see any former NFL players or Major League Baseball players joining al-Qaeda, do you?

As a bonus, enjoy some of the so-literate comments.

(Cross posted to War Liberal.)

6 thoughts on “In which my flippancy comes to the notice of the Brookings Institution”

  1. Speaking of books, there’s a new one out about La Russa entitled “Three Nights in August.” The book, written by Buzz Bissinger, followed La Russa throughout the 2004 season. Bissinger was allowed as much access as possible. According to the caption, the books “takes us inside the mind of Tony La Russa, the obsessive, tormented and very successful manager of the St. Louis Cardinals.” Unfortunately, the review, which is by the novelist John Grisham (yes, that John Grisham), is short on details.

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  2. That’s pretty neat, congratulations Mac.

    Proper football is an awesome sport, though, you couldn’t be more wrong. (Provided you weren’t just being facetious about the terrorist that is).

  3. You ever see the Monty Python “Philosophers’ Football” sketch? Greek and German philosophers in a soccer match, which is 0-0 for 89 minutes, as the philosophers meander around the field talking to each other, until Archimedes shouts “Eureka”! and finally kicks the damn ball, leading to a 1-0 win for the Greeks. I see little difference between this and any soccer match except for the uniforms and that one team won.

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