21 January 2008

Look like nothing's gonna change

I went to bed at close to 2am this morning, after dutifully staying up to watch as much of the Green Bay/ Giants game as my 7am start this morning would allow. The Very Understanding Girlfriend also partook in this foolishness, cheese-head firmly in place. When we left at half-time the Packers were well on their way to victory. When I awoke this morning the unthinkable had happened, at Lambeau, in -30 degrees Fahrenheit, Green Bay lost to the Giants by a field goal. As I broke the news to the V.U.G. this morning she was on the verge of tears. This Superbowl was going to be the best ever, and now there is no point in even watching it.

When we moved to the US neither of us could care about sports of any kind. We lived our life free from the emotional roller-coaster ride that sporting fanaticism brings. No slaps on the back or high-fives for me over the watercooler when my team beat the other local rivals. All of this changed when Mr Tim introduced us to the wonder that is the Pack (along with Mountain Dew, and Green Bean Casserole), and now that we have tasted joy, we feel the pain ever more sharply.

I think my pain and incredulity can only be summed up through the immortal words of Eddie Murphy in "Coming to America", as true today as they were almost twenty years ago exactly:

Prince Akeem: Sir, did you happen to catch the professional football contest on television last night?
Cleo McDowell: No, I didn't.
Prince Akeem: Oh sir, the Giants of New York took on the Packers of Green Bay. And in the end, the Giants triumphed by kicking an oblong ball made of pigskin through a big "H". It was a most ripping victory.
Cleo McDowell: Son.
Prince Akeem: Yes?
Cleo McDowell: If you want to keep working here, stay off the drugs.
Prince Akeem: Yes.

The pain Tim, why did you make us feel pain?

Update: unbelievably I am not the only person with an encyclopaedic knowledge of "Coming To America" quotes, and some nice person has uploaded the original clip on YouTube:


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