Verbal Fisticuffs: A World Cup Wager

Courtesy of The Times.

*Note, this is not nearly as good as the little fake spat between Ireland and France from a few months ago.

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Still going....

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

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24 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Kevin on 2010/06/08 at 6:10 PM

    lol somewhat rare. I like my beer like John Terry likes his girls…
    (some help me think of an adjective!)

    Reply

  2. Posted by Shane_K83 on 2010/06/08 at 7:25 PM

    I like my spirits like Gerrard like’s his woman; not yet matured..

    Reply

  3. Posted by Drew on 2010/06/09 at 12:01 AM

    I like my beer like John Terry likes his girls … dark & cheap (Dos Equis? (XX not XXX lol))

    Reply

  4. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/06/09 at 4:52 AM

    Did anybody see BBC World News on BBC-A?

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    • Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/06/09 at 6:22 AM

      No, why?

      Reply

      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/06/09 at 7:20 AM

        There was a little section dedicated to the article on the BBC website, with studio guests. Obviously the banter was mild, but you could tell that they were getting quite riled up inside. I must say, it did tickle me.

        Reply

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