The big thing in our neighborhood from lunchtime to two this afternoon was the Copa Oro (Gold Cup) match between the US and Mexico. The kids were ecstatic when the Americans won. The elders were of course for the old country.
I caught the last four boring minutes. The game wasn't on any English channel, but it was on KMEX 10, and naturally the commentators were speaking in Spanish. The main sponsor Miller Lite has a website millerlitelatino.com in Spanish (Cae bien) — the better to get los hombres to engorge their beer bellies with something other than Dos Equis and Grupo Modelo's Corona.
But another sponsor was plain marines.com. I visited the site. No Spanish... por supuesto porque es del gobierno, verdad? But a dial-up alternative to the splashy graphics was provided. Thank you for making it easier for us to figure out how to send you more cannon fodder. (Or is it just the Army that needs cannon fodder?) Ted Kennedy on George's show this morning mentioned that 70,000 of soldiers who've served in Iraq are green-card holders. I wonder how many would have gotten to Iraq if there had been a fence all along the border.
CONCACAF (the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football)
Landon Donovan was there today on Soldier Field in Chicago. The US has won four tournament titles. Today's victory means a berth in the 2009 Confederations Cup in South Africa. Whatever that is...