I normally don’t watch soccer, but when I learned Team USA would be playing Mexico in the Gold Cup final at the Rose Bowl, I made it a point to tune in….
Throughout my life, the two teams I’ve despised have been the Raiders and Dodgers, but in the past few years they’ve been replaced by the Mexican National soccer team; whose fans have been neanderthal, classless, barbaric and disgraceful….
A few years ago, during a game against Team USA, Mexican fans burned American flags, spat and stomped on Old Glory and threw batteries, blood and urine on the American players….
If that wasn’t bad enough, they also chanted “Osama! Osama! Osama!” during the game; in honor of their hero….
The liberal, politically correct American press did their best to cover up the story by refusing to print the facts; but thank God for the new media. Without them, we never would have learned about the Mexican fans deplorable behavior….
But this was not a one-time deal, because the Mexican fans always behave this way against Team USA, especially when the games are in Mexico….
With all this in mind, I sat down in fron of the set on Saturday; American flag in hand….
Sure enough, as our national anthem played, there was booing, air horns blowing and people loudly bouncing beach balls. I didn’t see any flags burning or hear “Osama!” chants, but the Mexican fans disrespect for our National Anthem was, as always, disgraceful….
Once the game began, we jumped out to a 2-0 lead and it looked for all the world like we were going to embarrass them. But Mexico scored twice `before the half and the game was tied at the intermission….
In the second half, Mexico controlled the action, scored twice more and wound up with a well-earned 4-2 victory….
Team Mexico made all the plays, outplayed Team USA and deserved to win….
The Rose Bowl attendance was 95,000 and it was supposedly a home game for us, but you couldn’t tell by the crowd….
Of the 95,000, at least 90,000 of them were wearing green and cheering for Mexico. Nothing wrong with that and I have no issue with people buying a ticket and supporting their team….
As long as they respect our flag, our anthem and our laws, they’re free to cheer for their team….
Since nobody in America cares about soccer, there would have been less than 10,000 people in attendance had the promoters relied on American fans….
So it’s actually great for the sport to get sell-out crowds in 100,000 seat stadiums….
Just don’t burn our flag, throw piss bombs, boo our national anthem or chant the name of a man who was responsible for the deaths of over 3,000 Americans….
After the game, the Gold Cup ceremony was conducted in Spanish; which grealty offended Team USA goalkeeper Tim Howard. After watching the ceremony, Howard called the Spanish post-game ceremony a “disgrace” and said “If we would have won this tournament in Mexico, they damn sure wouldn’t conduct the ceremony in English….
He’s 100% correct and, as the home country of the Gold Cup, the ceremony should have been conducted in English….
After the game I was watching the news and couldn’t believe what I was seeing; Mexican people taking to the streets all over Los Angeles to celebrate. They danced, blew horns and chanted “Mexico! Mexico!” over and over again….
There were tens of thousands participating and almost all of them were waving Mexican flags or wearing green….
It looked like a third-world country in the streets of L.A…..
Again, nobody in the United States gives a damn about soccer and there’s nothing wrong with people having a good time; as long as they obey the law and respect authority….
And for the most part, it seemed the celebrants weren’t causing too much trouble….
I guess it’s simply a reality of Los Angeles in 2011 and if anyone is offended, they’re wasting their energy….
Unless there’s major illegal immigration crack-downs and a closure of out southern border, this is the way it’s going to be….
Let’s just hope the fans of Team Mexico stop behaving so poorly; so we can have an intense, hard fought, respectful rivalry….