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Monday, June 27, 2011

Question in L.A. Times column after USA-Mexico debacle: "In what other country would the visitors have home-field advantage?" Answer: Miami

U.S. Mens National Team vs. Mexico: Highlights - June 25, 2011, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California: Mexico 4, USA 2.

Answer: Miami, the Capital of Latin America.
At least it is according to the Miami Herald and their super-sensitive Editorial Board and cronies in the South Florida community that not only DON'T welcome honest discussions of U.S. immigration policies and related issues, but that also has shown over the years that it is NOT interested in dealing with valid, fact-based complaints about their reporters and editors' personal bias bleeding into actual news coverage and reporting of facts.

Question asked at the end of sports columnist Bill Plaschke's column in the Los Angeles Times about the ugly scene at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena Saturday after Mexico's 4-2 win over the USA Mens National Team: "In what other country would the visitors have home-field advantage?"

(Saturday's match was, to soccer-loving me, a completely meaningless game that has about as much portent for the future of the U.S. team as the Dolphins' 1973 exhibition game loss at the Vikings had for their success later that season. That loss got me so upset I almost cried after it was over, which sounds even more ridiculous to me as I write it than it could possibly sound to you reading it since... well, a.) I was there, and b.) they still won the NFL title again, beating -yes- the Vikings in the Super Bowl in New Orleans.)

Less than 24 hours after this Bill Plaschke column went online, approximately 887 reader comments bombarded the L.A. Times forum site.

In fact, 21 hours after column was posted online, the L.A. Times, showing they'd learned little from the Chicago Tribune after their politically-correct news stories on flash mob criminal activity in downtown Chicago by African-American youths, wherein the Trib intentionally refused to describe what the assailants looked like or had in common, rushed this warning online:
L.A. Times Moderator at 7:42 PM June 26, 2011
Note to readers and commenters: Because of repeated inappropriate posts, we will now be reviewing comments on this article before they are posted. We are also in the process of removing comments that violate our terms of service.
My blog post on that situation, from June 12th, is here:

Los Angeles Times
In Gold Cup final, it's red, white and boo again
Mexico rallies for a 4-2 win over U.S. behind overwhelming support at Rose Bowl. In what other country would the visitors have home-field advantage?
By Bill Plaschke
June 25, 2011, 10:15 p.m.

It was imperfectly odd. It was strangely unsettling. It was uniquely American.

On a balmy early Saturday summer evening, the U.S soccer team played for a prestigious championship in a U.S. stadium … and was smothered in boos.

Its fans were vastly outnumbered. Its goalkeeper was bathed in a chanted obscenity. Even its national anthem was filled with the blowing of air horns and bouncing of beach balls.

Read the rest of the column at:

Reader comments at:

IF the game was really so important, how come the Miami Herald only devoted 13 sentences to coverage of the game in Sunday's newspaper? Thirteen.

IF the Women's World Cup in Germany is so important, and women deserve as much coverage as the men -which I believe they do- then why does the Herald not send their soccer writer, Michelle Kauffman to cover it?

Because it has degenerated into a third-rate, yet-pretentious newspaper that won't put its money where its mouth is.
Which we already knew, didn't we?

U.S. National Team YouTube Channel

View more videos at: http://www.nbclosangeles.com.

For those of you seeing this outside of South Florida, it should be noted for the record that these Mexican/M-A fans in SoCal talking about rooting for Mexico, despite living in the U.S., sound remarkably like South Florida Jews talking about any subject involving Israel for local Miami TV newscasts. Entirely predictable!

The video above of the man who has been living in the U.S. for 40 years but who speaks Spanish to the KNBC reporter instead of English, is too good to be true as far as local TV cliches go.
In that sense, it sounds exactly like Miami TV.

If only the reporter had interviewed him at a sports bar, THAT would've been a sports cliche grand slam!

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