Animals and the 2010 World Cup

Erstwhile bovines form a 'wall' in anticipation of the dreaded penalty kick.
Erstwhile bovines form a 'wall' in anticipation of the dreaded penalty kick.

Animals Love the World Cup

Soccer rules! Stadiums in South Africa host hundreds of thousands of people, but let us not overlook our friends in the animal kingdom.

  • They cannot be penalized for a 'hand ball' because, well, they have no hands.
  • They love Gatorade because it's salty
  • Many of them have applied for and been given Visa cards

Worldwide interest in men kicking balls reaches a fever pitch every 4 years. Like the Olympics , but without the rhythmic gymnastics, soccer holds the sports world in it's spheroid clutches. Anxious fans line the 'pitch' to cheer on their native sons, but lowly beasts of burden and cute kitties are ignored.

All this lack of attention hurts their feelings.

Animals got game. They understand the nuances of offside rules. They never quit, even when trailing 3-nil in extra time. They try really hard to avoid performance enhancing drugs.

The next time you sit enthralled by Bolivia v Botswana, give a care to the herds of wildebeests longing for real time updates at the watering hole. And we're not talking about a euphemistic name for the corner bar; wildebeests can't sit on stools anyway.

Reach out to the long-ignored populations of field mice, turtles, sparrows (African and European) and megapodes with a little soccer bling. Skinks and a skunks alike look hot swaddled in FIFA-authorized T-shirts. Amphibians adore the colors of the Argentinaian national team.

Backyard deer love to peek into the picture window and catch glimpses of World Cup competition on suburban plasma TVs.
Backyard deer love to peek into the picture window and catch glimpses of World Cup competition on suburban plasma TVs.
This excited beast comes down squarely on the Spanish side.
This excited beast comes down squarely on the Spanish side.
Box Turtle demonstrates nonpareil ball handling skillz. Bicycle kick may be problematic.
Box Turtle demonstrates nonpareil ball handling skillz. Bicycle kick may be problematic.
A little-known fact: cats are NASCAR fans.
A little-known fact: cats are NASCAR fans.

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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

nicomp,

I'm not sure about elephants as one held up the first Team USA practice by blocking the road. Then again he may have been a Team England fan.


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psychicdog.net 6 years ago

I disagree, some of these bovines are happy to be ignored as it's not their hide being used to make the leather balls that get kicked around!


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@psychicdog.net: True, although as we all know, cows crave attention.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

I can't tell you, nicomp, how funny this hub is, because I'm laughing too hard at how funny this hub is.


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@drbj: You can say LOL.

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