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Thursday, June 28, 2012

On this day

I understand there are various events of note occurring around the world today. But surely the most momentous is this: the greatest goal in the history of Tip Kick. It occurred today, June 28, 2012, from a goal kick. It inscribed a perfect arc, right into the upper corner of the net, actually knocking aside the outstretched hands of the surprised keeper. GOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLL!!!!!!

There will be other goals today, but none, I think, so magnificent.

UPDATE: Avanti Azzurri! 2-1 and it probably should have been 5-1.

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43 Comments:

Anonymous Andre June 28, 2012 1:21 PM  

Off-topic but still on games.

VD, have you watched "Indie Game: The Movie"? It's pretty cool!

Anonymous Mr. Nightstick June 28, 2012 1:34 PM  

No video link?

Anonymous Claymore June 28, 2012 1:46 PM  

How I read it: Ender will make you pay for that lucky shot and the accompanied gloating.

Anonymous Hood June 28, 2012 2:09 PM  

should there be an "A" in your celebratory yell?

Anonymous Daniel June 28, 2012 2:16 PM  

It's nice to hear of someone of your advanced years still able to advance a polyhedron across a bit of plastic without losing total control of your bladder. Well done.

Anonymous Daniel June 28, 2012 3:09 PM  

Holy smoke. Italy scores. That's the way to use your head.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza June 28, 2012 3:24 PM  

Game on!! I'd rather watch ESPN than any, repeat any, stateside 24-7 news stations.

Anonymous raggededge June 28, 2012 3:29 PM  

Wow, that was an awesome finish by Balotelli. He totally redeemed himself for the tournament.

Anonymous raggededge June 28, 2012 3:30 PM  

Oh, and I bet Vox couldn't have duplicated that Balotelli goal...

Blogger Vox June 28, 2012 3:36 PM  

The first one, no. The second one, no problem. I've scored better goals than that this year. His first touch was poor, his second one was good, and he put it nicely in the upper right when the keeper thought he'd go right.

Anonymous Daniel June 28, 2012 3:42 PM  

Which one? If Vox's flick bounced off the ceiling fan, against the cardboard cut-out of Paul Krugman in drag, through the Disturbed pachinko machine and then into the goal, then maybe his claim is right. Otherwise, Balotelli alone may be ahead of the claim.

Times two!

Germany is dazed. However, I wouldn't put it past them to get their act together next half, or for Italy to collapse, due to the fact that they can't conceive of any prettier scoring opportunities than the ones they've already taken. Why ruin such a nice half, after all with an ugly victory?

Anonymous jm June 28, 2012 3:43 PM  

I wondered if something like this might happen. Italy has the hoodoo on Germany.

Have THAT Ms. Merkel.

Anonymous Anonymous June 28, 2012 3:44 PM  

Told you Germany was overrated...

Anonymous raggededge June 28, 2012 3:44 PM  

Vox, this is why people hate you...the goal of the tournament and you could have done better...love it.

There will be other goals today, but none, I think, so magnificent.. I mean, I believe you, but could you please describe in detail how your goal was more magnificent than Balotelli's?

Anonymous Anonymous June 28, 2012 3:45 PM  

But if Germany get more out of their wing play and spread the field, they can get back in the game...

Anonymous raggededge June 28, 2012 3:46 PM  

Even the German Goalie was impressed. He didn't even move...

Anonymous anon123 June 28, 2012 3:47 PM  

Any instant replays of your goals Vox?

Anonymous raggededge June 28, 2012 3:48 PM  

Yeah, you blew your load waaaaaayyyy early...

Anonymous Daniel June 28, 2012 3:48 PM  

Anonymous
Told you Germany was overrated...

No you didn't Anonymous. Anonymous did, and she said she's sick of you taking credit for her sports guesses.

Anonymous Daniel June 28, 2012 3:56 PM  

There will be other goals today, but none, I think, so magnificent.. I mean, I believe you, but could you please describe in detail how your goal was more magnificent than Balotelli's?

In fairness, he did. I mean, come on, he scored a high arcing shot from a goal kick, right past the little plastic goalie. That is a neat trick, and, given the scoring from the last few Euro games, could have been predicted as better than the forthcoming ones.

After all, a kid I played against once on a vibration football field had a player who fielded a punt on his base while the game was set on high, and it stayed on his foot all the way for 100+ yard touchdown. It was more impressive than, say, Walter Payton's performance touchdowns in the Super Bowl.

What it was not more impressive than James Harrison's, however.

Anonymous Anonymous June 28, 2012 3:58 PM  

Are the fans singing to the tune of "Pop Goes the World"?

Anonymous raggededge June 28, 2012 4:02 PM  

Daniel Fair enough, he did. I still maintain he shot his wad early. No way did he know that Balotelli would score like that...

Anonymous Anonymous June 28, 2012 4:03 PM  

Told you Germany was overrated...

No you didn't Anonymous. Anonymous did, and she said she's sick of you taking credit for her sports guesses.

She's a tart; pay no attention to her!

Anonymous Daniel June 28, 2012 4:05 PM  

Maybe Germany should have started reus and klose. It seems to be a better team with them there.

Anonymous Daniel June 28, 2012 4:09 PM  

And, wow the real Balotelli comes back with a fizzling vengeance.

Anonymous raggededge June 28, 2012 4:22 PM  

I'm loving the crowd shots. Italy, hotties, Germany, 3 fags.

Anonymous raggededge June 28, 2012 4:27 PM  

Di Natali...nice finish...not.

Anonymous Daniel June 28, 2012 4:32 PM  

Germany can't even attack anymore. Every time they do, they get as firmly countered as the bar in the Coyote Ugly Saloon. It's hopeless.

Anonymous Anonymous June 28, 2012 4:40 PM  

Well actually, Italy haven't scored at all.

The score was Italy: 0. Germany: 0. Turkey: 1. Ghana: 2.

Blogger Vox June 28, 2012 4:43 PM  

I wanted to strangle Marcesi when he didn't make that pass to a wide open di Natale sitting in front of an empty net then missed the shot. But then di Natale showed why Balotelli is starting; it's okay to have the goalie make the save on a one-on-one, but to slow down like that and miss the target entirely? Come on.

Anonymous Daniel June 28, 2012 4:44 PM  

Well, now, Germany's a ghana for sure. That was a beatdown.

Anonymous Anonymous June 28, 2012 4:57 PM  

"But then di Natale showed why Balotelli is starting; it's okay to have the goalie make the save on a one-on-one, but to slow down like that and miss the target entirely? Come on."

Riiight, because Balotelli has not had any of those moments in this tournament. The only difference is that he held on to it so long that he did not even get a shot off! Still, fair play to him for his goals today...

Anonymous rienzi June 28, 2012 8:25 PM  

Italy vs Spain for the championship! I've spent a good deal of time in both countries, and love them both to death, but come on, "Bail-Out Bowl 2012", you can't make this stuff up!

Anonymous Revan June 28, 2012 9:10 PM  

Isn't soccer a girl sport? :)

Anonymous JI June 28, 2012 9:43 PM  

YAAAAAAAWWWWWWWNNNNN...

Anonymous AdognamedOp June 28, 2012 10:24 PM  

Good game today. Spain will destroy Italy. And by destroy I mean 1-nil.

BTW, what's up with the creepy, pro-vibrancy speeches before the kickoff?
Now I read that Russia and Spains soccer federations were fined over supposed racist behavior by fans. WTH is up with that? And how is it the teams fault?

Blogger W.LindsayWheeler June 28, 2012 10:37 PM  

I'd like to know how an "Italian Soccer team" has an African who scored two goals today?

How is that an "Italian" soccer team?

What are all these Africans on European sports teams for? Doesn't Africa have its own soccer teams?

Anonymous Anonymous June 28, 2012 10:54 PM  

I would like to declare the victory of Italy NULL AND VOID because they were scored by a guy whose origins are not Italian at all.

Anonymous AdognamedOp June 28, 2012 11:03 PM  

I thought the pisan just had a really good tan. I mean, did you see his abs when he took off his shirt? That was straight up Jersey shore guido. =(: *P

Anonymous raggededge June 28, 2012 11:30 PM  

W.LinsayWheeler So our Olympic team composed of mainly negros doesn't count?

Blogger W.LindsayWheeler June 29, 2012 8:40 AM  

Before Eisenhower integrated the military---NO European in their right mind would play sports with a Negroe. It is beneath them. It is so bad that now a Negroe leads the most powerful nation on earth. How disgusting is that? It just shows the total emasculation of the European man.

No negroe is my equal.

In Ancient Greece, the Olympics were open ONLY to other Greeks. It would be beneath the dignity of a Greek to compete with any barbarian.

Europeans need to compete with other Europeans. Sports of a country is about the competition between equals, between kinsmen. Negroes are not Europeans and they are not our equals in anything.

For over 170 years European Americans played in segregated sports. That is NORMAL behavior! That is righteousness. What goes on now is UNrighteousness, abnormal, idiotic behavior.

Anonymous Conrad The Crazed June 29, 2012 9:06 AM  

Germany was overrated, just like Italy was underrated going into this match. I credit the Italian defense for this, because they totally stunned the German attack which initially looked solid. Once they realized the Italian defense was playing at full throttle, they seemed to react like a confused schoolyard bully when he gets punched by a scrawny kid. That is, they began to falter in their passing game, while their defense plum evaporated. This game should have been 4-1, although the Germans did miss some bizarre chances themselves.

If Italy can manage this intensity against Spain, the Azzuri will take the Euro title. Won't be as easy because the Spaniards understand the concept of rapid-reaction defense. Their achilles heel is their relative comfort with seeking 1-0 victories. That is to say, if Italy manages an initial banzai 2-0 start as they did against Germany, Spain will be placed outside their comfort zone early.

Good final matchup. Just hope it doesn't end in PK shootout. Can't stand that system.

Blogger Markku June 29, 2012 8:19 PM  

For over 170 years European Americans played in segregated sports. That is NORMAL behavior!

Affirmative action for the white man... Now that's a first.

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