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    England and U.S. ambassadors make wager, trade witty emails - Dirty Tackle - World SoccerBlog - Yahoo! Sports


    We're only a couple days away from the new-age footy style Revolutionary War between the USA and England, so it's only right that both countries' diplomats partake in some light-hearted yet truthfully sharp banter centered around the big match. And maybe even place a friendly wager on the outcome. Earlier this week (right on cue), the American Ambassador to London, Louis Susman, reached out to his British counterpart, Martin Longden, stationed in Washington, D.C., to put a bet on the insanely hyped first game of Group C.

    Move right this way to see their polite trash-talking email correspondences (through Ambassador Susman's email writer, Philip Breeden) and international gut-busting/liver-pickling wager in full, courtesy of the AP.
    From: Philip Breeden, US Embassy London

    To: Martin Longden, British Embassy Washington DC

    Subject: World Cup Bet

    Mr. Longden, It has not escaped our attention that a certain sporting event is fast approaching, and that our respective nations will soon be meeting on the fields of South Africa.

    My Ambassador has asked me to see if your Ambassador might be interested in a small wager? We will understand if you decline, given the outcome of the last such encounter.

    Sincerely, Philip Breeden, U.S. Embassy, London

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    From: Martin Longden, British Embassy Washington DC

    To: Philip Breeden, US Embassy London

    Subject: Re: World Cup Bet

    Mr. Breeden,

    Even for such an exceptionally optimistic nation as the United States, I am struck by the confidence with which your Ambassador proposes this wager. It is testament, I assume, to the generosity of your great nation - since the British Ambassador does not anticipate paying out.
    Your email does not specify the exact terms of the wager. May I suggest that, in the event of an England victory, the US Ambassador agrees to entertain the British Ambassador at a steak-house of his choosing in downtown DC? And in the event that the United States is able to engineer a fortuitous win over England, then my man will entertain yours at a London pub of his choosing. Loser pays.

    Your reference to a previous sporting encounter between our two countries puzzles me. Since the history of English football is long and extensive, in contradistinction to US soccer, I regret that I cannot immediately recall the encounter to which you refer. No doubt it is remembered fondly on these shores; we have quite forgotten it, however.

    Are you sure you want to do this?

    Yours sincerely, Martin Longden British Embassy Washington DC

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    From: Philip Breeden, US Embassy London

    To: Martin Longden, British Embassy Washington DC

    Subject: Re: World Cup Bet

    Mr. Longden ,

    It is with great pleasure, and no small measure of anticipation, that the U.S. Ambassador accepts the terms of the wager. I am surprised, given the well known love of the British for history, that you have forgotten what happened the last time the “special relationship” was tested on the pitch. Of course, given the result, you are to be forgiven for having misplaced that particular episode in your memory banks. I refer of course to the victory of the U.S. over England in the 1950 World Cup.

    It is true that our soccer (a fine English word we have kindly preserved for you) history is not as long and illustrious as yours. However, as your generals noted during WWII, we have a unique capability for quickly identifying and advancing talent.

    Game on!

    Sincerely, Philip Breeden

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    From: Martin Longden, British Embassy Washington DC

    To: Philip Breeden, US Embassy London

    Subject: Re: World Cup Bet

    Mr. Breeden,

    Very well; it’s a bet!

    Incidentally, you should know that the Ambassador takes his steak like American soccer victories - somewhat rare.

    Sincerely,

    Martin Longden
    So if England wins, the U.S. Ambassador has to take the British Ambassador to a steakhouse "of his choosing" in downtown Washington, D.C., and if the U.S. wins, the British Ambassador has to take his American counterpart to a London pub. Loser, of course, pays.
    Isn't it just so much fun when the most educated members of our nations engage in an attempt at hooligan banter? Look at all those finely formed sentences and sarcastic wit. You can almost feel the thinly repressed, wing-tipped rage.
    Let the hype continue!



    ----Although the last time we met the americans was in may of 2008 which we won 2-0 and then may of 2005 which we won 2-1

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    Obviously FIFA thinks the discourse on the pitch won't be quite as civilized:

    Referees for England's World Cup opener given list of swearwords | Football | The Guardian

    How stupid is that? Good thing most of our guys speak Spanish. I wonder what made the list? Here's a few suggestions:

    YouTube - George Carlin's extended list of dirty words

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    Even though they've been given a list, there isnt enough time to memorize all of it and its pretty difficult to understand a different language that quickly imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spursman18 View Post
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    Even though they've been given a list, there isnt enough time to memorize all of it and its pretty difficult to understand a different language that quickly imo.
    but it's funny to imagine them sitting around trying to memorize Anglo-American swear words, though. Maybe even practicing them on each other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stroud_jm View Post
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    Obviously FIFA thinks the discourse on the pitch won't be quite as civilized:

    Referees for England's World Cup opener given list of swearwords | Football | The Guardian

    How stupid is that? Good thing most of our guys speak Spanish. I wonder what made the list? Here's a few suggestions:

    YouTube - George Carlin's extended list of dirty words
    listen to his first 10 swear words in that video... is it just coincedence that they are in that exact same order in this song?

    YouTube - Family Reunion - Blink 182

    im experiencing deja vu!

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