Microkhan by Brendan I. Koerner

Primal Joy

September 26th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Recovering from the flu today, so don’t quite have the mental fortitude to do anything more complex than shuffle from coffee pot to couch. But thought I’d muster the energy to share the clip above, the first goal from last week’s Fenerbahce-versus-Manisaspor soccer match in Istanbul. For those of y’all who don’t follow Turkish sports, it seems there was a bit of violent unpleasantness at Fenerbahce’s last home game, and club officials were seriously considering holding the Manisaspor tilt in an empty stadium as punishment for its hooligans. But they decided instead to admit only women and children younger than 12, which resulted in a fan dynamic that’s guaranteed to put a lump in your throat. Don’t think I’ve ever heard a post-goal celebration quite that high-pitched. But it works.

Take note, though: At the 2:23 mark, there are definitely a couple of older dudes in the crowd. Wonder if they had to don wigs to sneak in, in sort of a reverse Offside maneuver.


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  • Gramsci

    Pathos of fan having Admiral Stockdale moment at 5:15. “Why am I here? What am I doing? Why did I want to wear this ridiculous wig?”

  • Brendan I. Koerner

    @Gramsci: “And I know how governments…how American governments…can be…” (trails off, puts on glasses)