The Zionist’s Guide to the World Cup — Day 18

I don’t know if anyone out there in the internet ether is using the Zionist’s Guide rankings as a betting guide, but the rankings did provide three of the four winners so far.  If, however, the rankings do presage victories tomorrow by Mexico over Brazil and by Japan over Belgium, then start betting the house, the youngest offspring, etc.  Just a suggestion….

In 1812, Napoleon invaded Russia.  For several months, the Russians allowed the superior French forces to exhaust themselves tramping around the steppes, while avoiding engaging them in any major battles.  Eventually, the two sides fought one major battle which delivered victory to neither side.  The French then captured Moscow, only to abandon it several weeks later with the onset of the Russian winter.  In the end, the French Grand Armee suffered complete and utter defeat with their infamous retreat.

The Spanish soccer team suffered a similar fate at the hands of the Russians on Sunday.  The Spanish were clearly the better soccer team.  They had 74% of possession.  The TV announcers during extra time reported that the Spaniard had completed 700 more passes than the Russkies.  The Russians, though, like their forebears, just soaked up the pressure until it was time for penalty kicks.  The Russians, then, took advantage of the changed environment and won a complete and total victory over their heavily-favored opponents.

It is already being considered one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history.  How this effect the Russian national psyche and sense of self-confidence in other spheres can only be guessed.  Have not doubt, though, that Russian commentators will draw some parallel between today’s victory and that of 1812.  There were Spanish troops in Napoleon’s invading army, after all.

As noted above, Brazil and Mexico play tomorrow.  Mexico is ranked 4th in the ZGWC ratings; Brazil is 5th.  The Mexicans are going to the polls today and could very well elect a left wing government.  Whether the soccer game has anything to do with the election, it is too soon to tell.  By tomorrow, though, it will probably be too late.

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Doug Klein is an attorney in Chicago and the wrestling coach at Ida Crown Jewish Academy.
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