El Tri Finally Lives Up to the Perpetual Hype

Perhaps it was the fact that they were playing in the new stadium of the Dallas Cowboys, easily the most over-hyped American professional sports team, but MĂ©xico finally played a game worthy of the hype that perpetually emanates from my native land.

They trounced the seemingly hapless Haitians yesterday in the Gold Cup quarterfinals, 4-0.

It’s hard to find any negative aspects to the way my countrymen played, heck even my favorite whipping boy, Capt. Gerardo Torrado, played a decent game. Miguel Sabah, Torrado’s heir to the throne in my whipping boy hierarchy, scored twice. What is this world coming to?

Most importantly, the guy who holds the keys to El Tri’s future, the electrifying Giovanni Dos Santos, had a stellar perfromance. He netted a spectacular goal right before the half.

Here’s a pic of right before he took the shot:
Gio

The Haitian players seemed overwhelmed by a relentless Mexican attack, but according to their coach Jairo Rios,

The biggest fear wasn’t Mexico. These players are used to playing in front of 2,000-5,000 people. With 80,000-plus cheering for Mexico, there were players whose legs were shaking.

This match was the first time since perhaps El Tri’s victory over Brazil in the 2007 Copa America that it was an unexasperating thing to watch this team. The passing was crisp and they were able to finish near goal. Let’s hope they can continue at this level all the way to the final where surely the Norteamericanos will be laying in wait.

By the way Cowboy Stadium looks great but I doubt that it will ever look better than this:

Mexico

Yes, the Mexican flag is gloriously displayed in what is the biggest high-def television in the world (160′ x 72′, 11,520 square feet).

You can watch the highlights in the following video:

[H/t on video: Soccer by Ives]

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Stellar Racism: Black Holes and Brown Dwarfs

Recently, a Dallas county commissioner Kenneth Mayfield (melanin expression: low) used the term “black hole” to describe a bureaucracy in the county, to which another commissioner, John Wiley Price (melanin expression: higher), objected and corrected his esteemed colleague by saying that the bureaucracy was a “white hole”.

The presiding judge, Thomas Jones (melanin expression: higher) demanded an apology from Mayfield for his “racially insensitive analogy”. You can read the story here, Dallas County officials spar over ‘black hole’ comment

Now, most people know what a black hole is. One may form when a large star explodes and provided there’s enough mass, voila ! (correct me as deemed necessary).

It’s an astronomical term with no racial undertones, it appears that Mr. Wiley and Mr. Jones are not guilty of PC policing but of ignorance. I’m not sure which is worse, I’ll leave that to the peanut gallery.

For my part, I’m Mexican and vertically-challenged so can I roll with Wiley and Jones’ outrage when I hear the astronomical term, brown dwarf?

Now that I think about it, brown dwarf is pretty offensive. I’m suing astronomy, the corpses of Galileo, Kepler, Brahe, Copernicus, and Gene Roddenberry. Why stop there? We’ll go after NASA, JPL, the European Space Agency, Jill Tarter (the hegemonic and oppressive xenophobe who coined the phrase) and George Lucas (maybe I can recover the money I’ve spent on his Star Wars brand through the years).

Where’s Jackie Chiles when you need him?