Last night the German and I watched the opening game of the World Cup with some friends and co-workers. Germany beat Costa Rica 4:2, but the headlines of the German papers focused primarily on the dismal defense. Unfortunately, when it comes to football, the German media can be a little fatalistic. I thought the Germans played well, and Mausi was convinced it was because of their very nice looking legs. She may not be wrong.
The best part of the game was that 3 of the German goals were scored by players from the German's favorite football club, Werder Bremen. Although I would have preferred a cocktail, we drank many beers to Werder Bremen last night. Sadly there were no reports of hooligans in the area, but a few of the cows did get a little rowdy.
My assimilation into German culture made a giant leap forward last night. Big D, a friend of mine and a football fanatic, lent me some of his gear to take this picture. I was even able to use German referee insults correctly. Assimilation, indeed.