Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Giuseppe Rossi Unfairly "Flamed" by ESPN for Opting to Play for Italy in World Cup
ESPN last week ran a cover story "Meet America's Best Hope at the World Cup" with a picture of Giuseppe Rossi. that raised unnecessary controversy and vitriol on the cover, but treated him as a decent, talented kid in the inside story.
This is a non story- How many
non Americans represent the USA at the Olympics? How many Americans represented
their ancestral country. Does anyone complain? If you speak Italian and
grew up in an Italian household and have Italian citizenship- then you
are Italian if you want to be. Why would anyone on earth choose to play
for the USA when They can start/sub for Italy? Maybe if the USA cared about
the greatest sport in the world, they might have a spindly unsteady leg
to stand on.
ESPN Fans The Giuseppe Rossi Flame
week we linked to a nice article on Giuseppe Rossi, the American-born Italian
forward, thinking that’s all it was: a nice article. It would appear it
had evolved something beyond that this week, as Giuseppe was plastered
across sneakily hidden behind an American ball, billed as “America’s best
hope” on the front page of ESPN the Magazine, a move which has caused the
reaction ESPN wanted from American and Italian fans.
There are few more controversial figures
in the paper trail of international football than Giuseppe Rossi, largely
because he chose the country of his blood, for whom he is very good, over
the country of his birth, for whom he would’ve been one of the best players
and yes, "the hope" Americans don’t particularly like it, and you
can understand why.