Bratwurst vs. Pizza

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Posted on July 04, 2006 8:26 PM in Sports
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Today is Independence Day, and is therefore a happy day for Americans. On the other hand, today is a sad day for Germans. Because I am both American and German, today is bittersweet for me.

Since June 9th, I've been as wrapped up in the World Cup as the next guy. Given that the United States team burnt out and faded away this time around, Germany has provided me with another exciting reason to follow the full month-long event.

Photo of Miroslav Klose celebrating a goal in the 2006 World Cup

Today, though, the homelands of my favorite foods and my favorite sports cars went head-to-head in a memorable battle on the "pitch." This time it wasn't a matter of deciding between bratwurst and pizza, or Wiener Schnitzel and spaghetti. It wasn't a matter of deciding between a Porsche and a Lamborghini, or a Benz and a Ferrari. No, this one wasn't even debatable. I expected Ballack, Podolski and Klose to rise to the occasion and push Deutschland on to the World Cup finals.

This was not to be, however. The only consolation I have is that the match today, which came down to the final minutes of overtime, was one of the best matches of the World Cup thus far. There is no doubt I'll be pulling for Italy over France (or Portugal, if my instincts are doubly off) when the World Cup concludes on Sunday. In the meantime, I'll pull back into American mode for a while, letting my barbecued steak settle as I listen to the explosions of illegal fireworks in the not-so-distant distance.

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