August 15th, 2012

Real Madrid: Is Anybody Out There?

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Henceforth, we will only refer to Mr Alonso as ‘Sabby’ Alonso.

The absolute indifference displayed by the crowd to the likes of Xabi Alonso, Sergio Ramos and Gonzalo Higuain – who were kicking field goals at halftime during a recent Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Philadelphia Eagles game – indicates an unfamiliarity with these world class players that borders on vile.

Philly and Pittsburgh Kickettes, are you out there? Please confirm that you exist and were simply too drunk or hungover that day to effectively right this deplorable wrong.

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33 Responses to “Real Madrid: Is Anybody Out There?”

  1. Kristine says:

    As a Philly Kickette, I need the rest of the world to understand the circumstances of this situation. To be fair, I wasn't there, but I didn't know there were planning to do this either. ;) This was at the first preseason NFL game at the halftime break when people are concerned about getting more beer. The diehard fans that go to preseason Eagles games are not generally the same that follow soccer. It is darn near impossible to get tickets to Eagles games, so the true soccer fans that cared and knew how amazing this was just couldn't be there. They were all at the actual game at few days later. Yes, there are tons of knowledgeable fans in the USA that follow and know about the beautiful game. The local MLS team, the Union, have awesome fans (I'm one of them) and the Linc is filled with appreciative fans for these special exhibition games. But yes, there are tons of people in the USA that don't know a darn thing. What does this mean? There are a lot of people in the US… What no one can tell from this bad footage is whether anyone in the stands might have had a change of heart or mind about soccer. And I'm sure that some of them did, being able to see the likes of those lovely men doing their thing. Maybe they were all stunned into silence by beauty that is Xabi and Sergio and Gonzalo, etc?

  2. elena4 says:

    I'm a Philly Kickette and I am most definitely here! I was at the Real-Celtic match and so were tons and tons of other Real fans! It was a great day and the fans had a great time. :-) I'm always impressed how people come out of the woodwork for the big games – proof that these teams need to keep visiting to the US! :-)

  3. Rosie says:

    I hope the RM players take heart in the fact that, although they may not be well recognized in an American football stadium, they are recognized globally, and conversely, the American football players who play in that stadium likely will not be recognized outside of the US. I don't know whether this should soothe the embarrassing sting for us American Kickettes or if we should be doubly mortified because of the lack of international interest in our version of football.

  4. Susana says:

    As an American I have many friends who are NFL fans….ZERO of them would know who any of these guys are. Now if it were Beckham….EVERYONE would know him. It's not a disgrace to Americans. If you took the Philadelphia Eagles to Madrid, ZERO of their fanbase would know who the defensive end is….

  5. Dr. Heidi says:

    Sergio should have kicked with his shirt off….he is ALWAYS removing his shirt (thanks for that Sergio). then again, save that view just for me baby….and about 10 million other women *sigh*

  6. Marina says:

    I'm a long time fan of Kickette living in Lancaster County (between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, just north of Baltimore). Steeler and Eagles fans were there to see their teams and yes the Eagles fans did boo Santa Claus once. However when European teams come over here to play the stadiums sell out quickly and the ticket prices are high.

  7. Nayet21 says:

    OMG! The pronounciation of their names was hilarious… But I agree with Jayy they probably thought that was funny. I like them so much, especially Gonzalo Higuain he's gorgeous ;)

  8. Agnes Wonka says:

    In the US, football (soccer) will never be as popular as American football, so I can understando that these players were kinda "unknown" for them…

  9. Alma says:

    I don't think the fans were indifferent. I think they didn't recognize the players due to the absolute massacre of their names! Certainly there must be a few announcers in the USA who have a basic knowledge of Spanish pronunciation. It is the organizers of this event who should feel disgraced for not trying a little harder to find one.

  10. Jayy says:

    Haha the mispronounciation of the names made me cringe! But they seemes to like it. Especially Higuain's shelf bootat, yum yum.

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  12. gin_in_teacups says:

    Sabby Alonso! Sergio Raymos! Esteban Granyera! It's like he's announcing a Real Madrid cover band.

    The best part was the ass kicking field goal Sergio took later, and was referred to by the commentator as "one of their kickers." Didn't know his name, didn't know the proper terminology. Luckily my annoyance was wiped out by Sergio's heart stopping smile after he made the kick.

    • DebS says:

      I heard the commentators during the Real Madrid/Celtic game talking about it. The only goal in the video is the one he missed (looks like it's on the 35 yard line?) but the commentators said he made one from the 53 yard line. Is that the one you're talking about? If so, that's crazy. Most kickers in the NFL can't even make it from there! The commentators were joking that Sergio made the kickers at the game nervous about their job. hehehe

  13. dss says:

    I am a long time follower of your website and a life long Pittsburgh resident. I have to admit I follow this more than my sports loving Hubby and have to explain who these guys are to him but Pittsburghers in general are good natured sort of people. Philly residents, not so much. They have been known to boo Santa.

    • Leya_S says:

      Go Stillers!
      Sorry, couldn't resist. :)

    • Sophia says:

      Go Eagles! Philly is where it's at – Pittsburgh smells like the Ramos' unwashed shinguards!

      As to the indifference displayed by the crowd – half of them were probably drunk and the other half were in the bathroom. American football fans (no matter what city they're from) often don't appreciate the awsomeness/sexyness that is soccer. As a Philly resident, I was shocked to learn that the Real Madrid boys were at the game! Had I known, I definitely would've made my way down to the stadium and stalked/casually tried to bump into the boys on their way back to the locker room :) Fear not, Philly Kickettes are out there!

    • Rosie says:

      I previously worked in Pennsylvania, and now that I think about it, I never met anyone from Philly who I liked. I'm sure that the city has many fine residents, I just failed to encounter them.

      As a Wisconsinite, though, I am obligated to hate the Steelers, even though I loather American football.

  14. @damesuzy says:

    Being an American having gone to university in Philly, I know I wouldn't have know Real Madrid from a hole in the wall. I didn't get into pro soccer till I went to Spain, and even after that, the only things I know about the German, Italian and English leagues are from Kickette!

  15. too bad I was working. If I hadn't been, I'd have been at the Linc screaming my damn fool head off and embarrassing my boyfriend.

  16. Dizzy says:

    Yeah, but in fairness remember the photos of the miserable Liverpool players looking like they'd undergone lobotomies at the Red Sox game? Different horses for different courses!

  17. PepaCandela says:

    Iker posted a sideline video on FB and in it you can hear people from the crowd calling them out by name and asking them to turn around for pictures, etc.

  18. Katie Ann says:

    I promise the Linc was full of appreciative fans during the actual Real VS Celtic game! And if I'd gotten to Philly in time for that Eagles game, I'd have gone and would have been cheering like crazy to make up for everyone else, hehe.

  19. Ronnie says:

    As an American, I am disgraced.