Italy got two late goals in OT to knock off Germany and advanced to the finals of the World Cup. They'll face the winner of today's match between Portugal and France.
We had a tough time rooting for either team. Seeing how it was the Fourth of July, and this was a game between two Axis Powers, this game didn't exactly ring, "Go America!" But for another main reason, we just couldn't root for Italy.
Why? Because they're softer than the ice cream at Dairy Queen. An intriguing article in Saturday's San Francisco Chronicle by the always readable CW Nevius discussed how the Italians are number one in the world at the swan dive.
The Italian players will brush up against an opposing player -- in Tuesday's match, a German player -- and fall down like he's been hit over the head with a 2x4. This is sending a terrible message to kids all over the world who now think the way to get a call is to fake an injury or bitch at the ref.
The Italians complain, act, whine, bitch, cry for Mommy, swear, curse, mope better than any other team in the World Cup. And now they're in the finals.
In other news: Takeru Kobayashi ate 53 hot dogs Tuesday at his Fourth of July barbecue.