The Mighty MJD’s weekly attempts to summarize Saturday afternoon’s slate of English soccer are kinda like listening to David Brinkley wax poetic about the Dangerhouse catalog. It’s a free fucking country, and if he wants to embarrass himself, hey, who am I to argue? I mean, it can’t be any worse than anything I might write about The World Series Of Poking Someone’s Eyes Out.
Today, however, Deadspin’s weekend stooge ventures into uncharted territory. Commenting on France’s 37-12 win over Italy in the Six Nations, MMJD observes,
Is anyone else shocked that the French can win at a sport as violent and physical as Rugby?
(France’s Florian Fritz, eager to meet the guy who questions his violent abilities)
Let’s see. Les Tricolores won the Five Nations in 1955, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1968 (a Grand Slam, having won all 4 matches), 1970, been part of a five-way tie in 1973, another Grand Slam win in 1977, yet another in 1981, a tie with Ireland in 1983, a tie with Scotland in ’86, a Grand Slam in ’87, winners in ’88, ’93, and a Grand Slam in 1998.
Since the creation of the Six Nations, France have won in 2002 and 2004. They were also runners-up in the 1999 World Cup, having beaten the heavily favored All Blacks in the semi-final in what had to be considered one of the biggest upsets of the era.
So if anyone else is genuinely shocked by France beating Italy at home, well, to quote the super-offended caveman from the Geico commercial, “next time, do a little research.”