Thursday, February 12, 2009


A combination of obligations and writers' block has kept me from you. Oops.
I have an upcoming contest deadline which I might miss if I don't muster a little brain juice soon. But here's a smidge... I'll cover the Samba School Rehearsal and other bits later.

I happily report that the two home games I attended at Beira Rio (contra o Sapucaiense no primeiro de fevereiro que terminou 4x0, e contra o Ulbra no dia 5 que fechou 4x1) both ended in victory for Inter. More importantly, so did the hair-raising first GreNal* duel of 2009. I dragged my Aussie friend, Lisa, to a bar on Goethe--which is kinda like Chicago's Lincoln Avenue between Armitage and Diversy--for the game. The crowds gathered outside the stuffed bars spilled over the sidewalks and into the streets, seriously. Even more shockingly, they were mixed: half wore red, half wore blue. Eventually we scored some chairs and joined my Gremista friends at a table in front of the giant projection screen. Lisa, heretofore not a soccer fan, was more than a little amused by the antics of the passionate masses, and I enjoyed seeing the sparkle in her eyes as she experienced the chaos for the first time. It's worth noting that in the newspapers the following day, the town of Erechim (where the game had been played) praised fans for the playful but peaceful Sunday afternoon, without injuries or violence between sides.

It's great to have futebol season back in swing.


* GreNal = a rivalry unlike any sporting event, ever!