Yes, I do know that this is the wrong one. To tell the truth I know as little about Nintendo as I do about soccer. But just ask me about Quidditch!
My husband and sons do not follow sports avidly… thank goodness… but they do pay attention to championships.
So I must inform myself to keep a place in the conversation. Hamilton has a very large Italo-Canadian community that closed down main streets in the city yesterday afternoon for their flag bearing, horn honking victory parade. I’d better investigate the cause of this hysteria… certainly before Sunday’s final against Spain.
Here is the “real” super Mario… Mario Balotelli, who scored both Italian goals in Italy’s victory over Germany. No wonder the crowds went wild… he not only won for Italy, he has a very interesting family story and his legendary misbehavior has made him a favourite with the media! From Wikipedia: Balotelli is credited with pace, strength, and technical ability, but criticized for a poor and immature attitude. In recognition of his talent, he has often been admiringly nicknamed “Super Mario” by the media. Balotelli is also a set-piece specialist due to his powerful shot, and is regarded by teammates and the media as a promising but undisciplined player. In his two years at Manchester City, he has received five red cards and numerous suspensions.
For my blog friends who, like me, need a cram course on this topic, I’ll keep it simple. There are, after all, more important things to think about… yeah, sure!
Click here for information about Balotelli. Worth reading, from Wikipedia.
Click here for an account of the Italy-German game. Excellent sports narrative from The New York Times.
Click here for all you need to know about soccer… your friends will think you’re an expert even if you still don’t know what a yellow card means. From a favourite site, Random History.
On Sunday I plan to sit in the garden and read… but just to be safe, for dinner we will be eating Italian food with Spanish wine!