Thursday, June 09, 2005

You're always winning when Kim Jong Il's boys are losing.

It was a great night last night. Japan beat North Korea 2-0 in a world cup qualifier. The last goal was particularly satisfying as the Japanese player went mano y mano with the goalie, faked him out and gently kicked the ball into the goal. I'm sure the North Korean guy saw visions of a labor camp in his future.

The game was played in front of a capacity crowd one. That's right, they played in Thailand in front of empty stands with just cameramen, coaches and reporters present. The fans had to watch elsewhere on wide screen TV's. This was due to the riots that occurred in North Korea after they played Iran.

I watched the match. It was really no match at all, Japan was light years ahead of North Korea. I think the North Koreans knew it too, since with 20 seconds to go, they started a fight. It was all over the front page of the Asahi Shimbun this morning.

Since South Korea beat Kuwait the same evening, I'd say all the right folks won. On to Germany!



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