It’s all my fault, ragazzi!

23 June 2008 at 10:38 am 7 comments

Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa!

I know I shouldn’t be beating myself up about it but apart from the disappointment about Italy losing to Spain last night, I do feel like it’s in part my fault. Why you ask?? Because I didn’t post a sexy ugly list, that’s why! Laugh if you will but I’m sure it brought our boys a little bit of luck the last two times. And being the superstitious gal that I am, I believe in the power of the sexy ugly. But I had a super crazy weekend with the kids and so, I had no time to do the list. However, I did find the time to buy some red white and green maracas for my toddler to play with during the game. Never again!

In the end, Spain played much better than Italy and deserved to win. I could go on and on about the coaching mistakes, how much Pirlo was sorely missed and Toni’s godawful smarmy little moustache, but instead I will leave you with this picture of our boys in happier times.  Alla prossima, ragazzi!

 

 

p.s. I’ve just read this excellent op/ed article by Vittorio Zucconi (in Italian). His Euro 08 report card is hilarious, esp. his description of Toni.

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  • 1. nyc/caribbean ragazza  |  23 June 2008 at 11:09 am

    Don’t feel bad…it’s not your fault. There will be other opportunities for you to put together another sexy ugly list.

    We’ll see what happens in South Africa for World Cup 2010.

    Thank you for your words of encouragement. Will you help me with the next list? My heart can’t take it.

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  • 2. Beatriz  |  23 June 2008 at 11:13 am

    Not your fault, but just in case, you better start working on those sexy-ugly lists for the world cup! 😉

    Yeah, I’ll save it for the World Cup because there ain’t nuthin’ to look at now!!

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  • 3. Joanne  |  23 June 2008 at 11:24 am

    How about a sexy ugly boys of summer list?
    Or, keep the list going for the European Cup without the Azzurri. The list keeps me going in moments of trial and tribulation.

    Hmmm, baseball players just never did it for me. Their big guts, crotch grabbing and spitting was a big turn off. I will try and see what’s left to look at in Euro 08.

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  • 4. bleeding espresso  |  23 June 2008 at 11:50 am

    I didn’t get the moustache thing either. I blame IT.

    I thought it made him look like Dick Dastardly! Yuck!!

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  • 5. Jessica, Italy Logue  |  23 June 2008 at 9:10 pm

    I commented on your last post about yesterday’s game before I saw this post, so forgive this repeat:

    They looked *horrible* on the pitch yesterday (except for the backline, which was utterly amazing – but you can’t win relying entirely on good defense alone). Did you see Pirlo walking off the field in tears? Ugh – breaks my heart. Except I’m still angry with him for getting that yellow in the France game, the one that forced him to sit out the Spain game, because he should know better – they need him on the pitch, for pete’s sake.

    *sigh*

    Well, perhaps now we can focus more on defending our title in 2010 – with a new coach and an actual plan for offense other than continuously lofting the ball into Toni (fingers crossed).

    (And about the porn-style moustache Toni was sporting – I heard he’d said he wasn’t going to shave until he scored a goal. Looks like he’ll have a massive handlebar moustache and Moses beard by the time 2010 rolls around, at the rate he’s going now.)

    Ha! That image of a ZZ Top Toni is one of the few things that made me smile today. I didn’t know about his shaving bet. But today when he arrived in Milan he was sans stache. I guess he scored in his sleep or somewhere else… 😉
    It was painful to watch them play last night and at times I felt physically ill (and not only when I saw Toni’s whiskers. Ok, I’m going to stop dissing the stache now!) They only played defence, didn’t know how to keep the ball and really needed Pirlo’s brilliant assists. I even used my cat as a good luck charm when it got really bad but even she was so disgusted with the game she couldn’t bother to face the tv.
    Everyone here is talking about Lippi coming back but I don’t know if that’s a good thing. I still think they should give Donadoni another chance. It was going to be an uphill battle for him from the onset. They should let him continue to build a winning team on his terms instead of reheating the same old minestrone (as they say here). But we all know what’s going to happen…

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  • 6. khomala  |  26 June 2008 at 7:10 am

    Oh I agree! Let Donadoni do his thang. Grapevines don’t grow overnight, now do they? I think really, they should stop blaming the coach each time something goes wrong..Under Lippi in WC 2006, they struggled during their group stages too! and it’s not like Italy got thrashed by Spain. ..Penalties are all abt luck and on Monday, they didn’t hv much of that. that’s all there is to it. Sacking Donadoni would be stupid.

    Exactly!! But unfortunately today at 1pm they officially gave Donadoni his walking papers. And being the gentleman that he is, he decided to give up his severance pay. I love that man more every day!

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  • 7. khomala  |  27 June 2008 at 5:40 am

    this is ridiculous! they fired him? I think the FIGC needs a good kick in the head. They’re treating the wrong wound, as they say here in Malaysia

    Well, Lippi was a smart one, wasn’t he. Waiting just enough time to make his grand reappearance from his so-called “retirement”. Italy’s saviour is back. We’ll see how long the honeymoon with the press will last.
    So you’re from Malaysia, eh? I am honoured that you’re reading my blog. Thanks for visiting!

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