| Dave Zirn takes the World Cup and makes it political in his post on NPR, "why the far right hates soccer," which leads with this Glen Beck quote:
It doesn't matter how you try to sell it to us....It doesn't matter how many celebrities you get, it doesn't matter how many bars open early, it doesn't matter how many beer commercials they run, we don't want the World Cup, we don't like the World Cup, we don't like soccer, we want nothing to do with it.
I have to say, if there's a general antipathy for soccer on the right, I haven't seen it in 2010. Sure, in the past the game was cast as the sport of elitist suburban liberals (those "soccer moms," remember?), or as the foil for a True American's love of NASCAR, but the WC is about as popular this year as I've seen it. And here on LiTW, it was righty Craig Moore who wrote a WC diary, and fellow traveler Rusty Shackleford its first commenter.
I don't buy it. Not this year. And I think Beck's picked a loser to rouse the rabble with. (I'm sure he'll back track later.) The World Cup is sports nirvana, the Olympics and the NCAA basketball tournament rolled into one, but with higher stakes than either and more chance of upsets.
So whatever. F*ck you Zirn and Beck for trying to drive a political wedge into our fun.