Dalrymple on soccer
Theodore Dalrymple writes:
On the subject of football, I am a snob. I do not detest the game as such, for I accept that it can be played with skill and achieve a kind of beauty, but rather the excessive importance attached to it by millions and hundreds of millions of my fellow beings. Try as I might to expunge the thought from my mind that this enthusiasm is a manifestation of human stupidity, I cannot.I agree 100 percent with Dalrymple’s last sentence, with the exception that I do not try to expunge the forbidden thought from my mind. I simply, without embarrassment or guilt, think that thought.
Blogger Snouck Hurgronje writes from the Netherlands:
LA quoting Theodore Darymple: “Try as I might to expunge the thought from my mind that this enthusiasm is a manifestation of human stupidity, I cannot.”LA replies:
First, Dalryple is British. But regarding the U.S. loss to Ghana, I think that was the game that the New York Post headlined this way on their June 27 front page (the headline was not in their online edition, but it is quoted here):
Posted by Lawrence Auster at July 05, 2010 02:54 PM | Send