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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Tragedy in Brazilian soccer

In the aftermath of the plane crash in Colombia that wiped out an entire professional soccer team, there is nothing that can be done except for the families and the nation to grieve. But the various gestures being made by their rivals are touching nevertheless.
The plane was carrying Brazilian club side Chapecoense Real to the first of two games to decide the Copa Sudamericana, South America's second-biggest club tournament. Based in the city of Chapeco, in southern Brazil, the unsung team was having a Cinderella season after defying the odds to reach the finals. The team's goalkeeper Marcos Danilo Padilha, 31, whose heroic last minute save assured their progression, died on the way to hospital after the crash.

Soccer-mad Brazil declared three days of mourning while their opponents Atletico Nacional, of Medellin, asked for the winning trophy to be awarded to the Brazilians in honour of the dead.

Fellow top division Brazilian sides also showed solidarity by offering loan players to Chapecoense and urging the national federation to give it a three-year stay against relegation while the club gets back on its feet.

Meanwhile the legends of the sport - from Lionel Messi to Pele - sent condolences.
These gestures may seem empty and pointless, but keep in mind that they are gestures worth literally millions of dollars. It's the equivalent of one team foregoing a Lombardi trophy and Super Bowl championship, and three other teams voluntarily giving up their chance at the big leagues and the subsequent TV revenue shares and advertising revenue that involves.

It won't bring the Chapecoense players back, but it will ensure they are not quickly forgotten. And it is always inspiring to see basic human decency persevere in the face of tragedy.

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Blogger Michael Maier November 30, 2016 8:07 AM  

" asked for the winning trophy to be awarded to the Brazilians in honour of the dead."

Wow... that shocked me so bad I have a tear going down my cheek.

Guess Nate's right. I am gay.

Blogger sapopular November 30, 2016 8:23 AM  

A correction: The name is Chapecoense. "Real" is just twitter name (@chapecoensereal)
like in (@realDonaldTrump).

Blogger Madame Ringading November 30, 2016 8:48 AM  

This reminds me of the loss of the U.S. figure skating team in 1961. Their plane crashed in Brussels, while they were on their way to Prague for the world figure skating competition. The loss of the top skaters and coaches of the U.S. took years to come back from.

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr November 30, 2016 9:05 AM  

@3: I was thinking the same thing. Took seven years to rebuild the skaters...and about a decade longer to fully recover the coaching capability.

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr November 30, 2016 9:07 AM  

I'll add that the stay against relegation is an act of princely generosity.

Blogger Nate November 30, 2016 9:14 AM  

no offense.. but I am so damn sick of this story. Yes... its a tragedy. But while the town of Gatlinburg was burning down... 1500 americans were hold up in a high school gym because their homes were burning down... all CNN and Fox could be bothered to talk about... was this plane crash.

Blogger Daniel November 30, 2016 9:15 AM  

LORD, may we see them play at the Resurrection.

Blogger Nate November 30, 2016 9:23 AM  

and yes... it is classy the way the other teams have reached out. and yes Mike... you're gay for crying about it.

Blogger Whisker biscuit November 30, 2016 9:36 AM  

Amen. I'm assuming many here or nationally have never been to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg and know what a special place it is. I got married there and go twice a year to vacation. Sad and tragic, but they'll bounce back.

Blogger Nate Winchester November 30, 2016 9:42 AM  

Wait... WHAT? My family has vacationed several times there. This Nate agrees with that Nate.

Blogger dadofhomeschoolers November 30, 2016 9:44 AM  

Especially since it happened because the pilot pushed the fuel. He would have been ok if the tower gave him a strainer in, but he kept his mouth shut and had to wait his turn. Ran out of airspeed altitude and ideas all at the same time

Blogger dadofhomeschoolers November 30, 2016 9:44 AM  

*straight*

Blogger JaimeInTexas November 30, 2016 9:48 AM  

Sad. I was reminded of the Uruguayan Rugby team that crashed on the Andes. I highly recommend the book title Alive. Gut wrenching.

Anonymous VFM #6306 November 30, 2016 9:52 AM  

What the hell, Nate? You still watch the lying news?

Blogger Sagramore November 30, 2016 10:02 AM  

Makes me think of the Munich Air Disaster or Marshall. Unfortunately too common.

Anonymous BGKB November 30, 2016 10:04 AM  

Guess Nate's right. I am gay.

Come to the dark side, we have forcibly baked wedding cakes.

no offense.. but I am so damn sick of this story. Yes... its a tragedy. But while the town of Gatlinburg was burning down...

If its any consultation shitlibs were talking about TRUMP voters having their homes burned down.

He would have been ok if the tower gave him a strainer in, but he kept his mouth shut and had to wait his turn.

Its the easily preventable deaths that are always the most tragic.

Blogger Nate November 30, 2016 10:04 AM  

"If its any consultation shitlibs were talking about TRUMP voters having their homes burned down."

yeah.. I saw a lot of those tweets.

Blogger Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus November 30, 2016 10:04 AM  

These gestures may seem empty and pointless

Never underestimate the power of simple decency and sportsmanship.

Blogger Nate November 30, 2016 10:05 AM  

"What the hell, Nate? You still watch the lying news?"

more like monitoring to see if they were going to bother to cover the story. They didn't.

Anonymous BGKB November 30, 2016 10:07 AM  

"What the hell, Nate? You still watch the lying news?"

I wanted to see if they mentioned the Somali immigrant moslem stabber was non white American.

Blogger Nate November 30, 2016 10:09 AM  

"Wait... WHAT? My family has vacationed several times there. This Nate agrees with that Nate."

you're just now finding it out? see. You wouldn't believe how many people learned about it on twitter because no one was covering it.

Blogger Nate November 30, 2016 10:09 AM  

"I wanted to see if they mentioned the Somali immigrant moslem stabber was non white American."

refugee.

Don't forget... he was a refugee.

Blogger Jack Ward November 30, 2016 10:20 AM  

Offering the trophy to the deceased team was not an empty gesture. With the year they were having they might well have won it anyway.
RIP and Godspeed.

Blogger ant becker November 30, 2016 10:26 AM  

1949 Torino
1958 Manchester united
1969 The Stongest
1987 Alianza Lima
2016 Chapocoense

RIP

Anonymous Michael Maier November 30, 2016 10:31 AM  

"and yes Mike... you're gay for crying about it."

Fine. I'm gay. I'm a sappy homo.

But at least I don't own a Glock.

Anonymous Susan November 30, 2016 10:51 AM  

If its any consolation Nate, several conservative websites have had pretty decent coverage about the fires. So while I may not watch the Lamestreamers, I know about the fires and I am deeply sorry for all those decent folks.

Especially this time of year. I am just glad the death toll has been so low so far.

They might even find it is mechanical in nature in that crash, there were a couple of stories that the team had to change planes at the last moment. And my family wonders why I have such a fear of flying.

Blogger Madame Ringading November 30, 2016 10:57 AM  

@18

In the case of the figure skaters, they cancelled that year's competition as well. It's about the only graceful thing that can be done.

Anonymous JN November 30, 2016 11:11 AM  

@Nate
Any way too help? GoFundMe page?

Anonymous VFM #6306 November 30, 2016 11:15 AM  

The smoking Smokies was local sports talk radio material up here all afternoon, yesterday, Nate. The soccer team wasn't mentioned.

Perhaps you should move to a Western Yankee state. We even get Bama Bob on the local airwaves.

Roll Tide.

Anonymous Hezekiah Garrett November 30, 2016 11:15 AM  

@6 Absolutely disgusting, but par for the course. So many fine people in our own back yard meet disaster, nary a peep.

@9 Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg is an oozing chancre on Appalachia, the Myrtle Beach of the Mountains. And in such a gorgeous place too.

Anonymous NateM November 30, 2016 11:34 AM  

Sure, 76 were REPORTED dead, but as soon as the official turned away they popped right back up....

Blogger Whisker biscuit November 30, 2016 11:56 AM  

BS. That's one of the best spots in the south. Many jobs are made there and the people there are friendly, loyal, and God-fearing. More like a bright spot.

Anonymous MendoScot November 30, 2016 11:59 AM  

JaimeInTexas wrote:Sad. I was reminded of the Uruguayan Rugby team that crashed on the Andes. I highly recommend the book title Alive. Gut wrenching.

Just a couple of hours from here. Not to make tasteless jokes or anything, but "Uruguayan barbecue" has a special meaning here.

Blogger Nate November 30, 2016 12:10 PM  

"The smoking Smokies was local sports talk radio material up here all afternoon, yesterday, Nate"

It was all over the local news and talk radio here. It was just ignored by the big cable networks... who were literally talking about nothing instead.

Blogger Nate November 30, 2016 12:10 PM  

"Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg is an oozing chancre on Appalachia, the Myrtle Beach of the Mountains. And in such a gorgeous place too."

Piss off.

Anonymous BRhue November 30, 2016 12:14 PM  

It is common here, when your own team is already out, to root for the brazilian team in international tournaments. So, at that tournament, Chapecoense was Brazil's team. So it is understandable that the whole country is mourning. It is like the National Team plane crashed right before the World Cup, given the proportions.

Anonymous Jack Amok November 30, 2016 12:52 PM  

I'm assuming many here or nationally have never been to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg

I have. I have inlaws originally from Tennessee and they have a family vacation cabin in Gatlinburg. Haven't heard from them yet if it's okay or not (they're still busy cleaning up their Nevada house after almost losing it in a wildfire last month, sheesh, bad stretch of luck for them).

Regarding the other soccer teams reactions, that's one of the things sportsball is supposed to develop - the ability to respect your opponents. The flip side of that of course is understanding how to compete in a way that allows your opponents to respect you too.

Blogger Martin November 30, 2016 12:56 PM  

+1

Blogger Sam Lively November 30, 2016 1:16 PM  

The Supreme Dark Lord letting down his visor.

Anonymous Überdeplorable Psychedelic Cat Hair November 30, 2016 9:11 PM  

@6 & @7 The fires were on Drudge. My gf is from Appalachia and regrets not visiting Pigeon Forge when she had the chance. Hopefully it and Gatling will survive. I'm glad to hear the death count has been low. Have they figured out who started the fire?

Blogger Lazarus November 30, 2016 9:52 PM  

Susan wrote:And my family wonders why I have such a fear of flying.

90% of the time, it is pilot error of some kind. Or a stinger missile.

But, I worked in aircraft maintenance for awhile, I don't like to fly either.

Blogger Lazarus November 30, 2016 9:54 PM  

PS I don't like to fly when I cannot see what the pilot is doing or saying. Light aircraft are good for this.

disclaimer: they crash too.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash December 01, 2016 2:41 AM  

The Supreme Dark Lord letting down his visor.
[Extreme closeup] A single, silent tear runs from the corner of his obsidian eye, over his high cheekbone.[Fade to black]

Blogger Samuel Nock December 01, 2016 10:30 AM  

Was a woman piloting the plane when it crashed:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3989820/Pictured-beautiful-pilot-killed-Colombia-plane-crash-flight-haunting-footage-shows-interview-footballers-crew-doomed-jet-took-off.html

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