More Brutal Sports Humiliation for Russia
Well, it’s another brutal new low for Vladimir Putin’s Russia where sports performance is concerned. We almost feel sorry for the poor bastard. Almost.
Ask any Russophile slob or Russian nationalist yahoo, and they’ll tell you: Russia was ousted from the FIFA World Cup before it even started while America gained admission to that gilded, lofty club because Russia’s competition was tougher.
What an unbearably humiliating shock, then, to see America emerge victorious from its group in the first round at FIFA in South Africa this year, moving on to the lofty second round of the internationally essential contest. After all, America’s group contained not just mighty England but also the very country, Slovenia, whose bold and brilliant play dismissed Russia’s hopes of finally setting foot on hallowed FIFA territory.
Not only did the fiesty Americans defeat Algeria in thrilling fashion and tie mighty England, they staged one of the most brilliant and inspiring comebacks in FIFA history to rally from two goals down and tie the Slovenes. Indeed, had a barbarically unfair call from a referree not negated a heroic last-second goal, the Americans would have downed Slovenia too.
And Russia? Well, Russia just sat slackjawed on the sidelined and watched other countries competing, just the same way it did the last time the FIFA event rolled around.
Our issue today documents a whole host of humiliating Russian failure, from the Kremlin’s inability to subdue Mikhail Khodorkovsky even with Siberian prison to its inability to find any qualified scientists to study productivity to its abject failure to govern the Caucasus to its pathetic performance on the soccer pitch. Yet the people of Russia go on favoring their government with shockingly, barbarically high approval ratings in polls. Yet, the do not even debate, much less consider, whether the dictator Vladimir Putin should remain in office.
And so it is the people of Russia, ultimately, who are responsible for their own miserable fate.