World Cup: USA’s American Badger (Taxidea taxus)
Do you realize that I’m currently on my longest-ever mammal streak? Three weeks and counting. I’m sure it’s bound to break any day now, so let’s continue enjoying the mammals from the 32 countries competing in the World Cup. Today it’s my own home, the USA, and the American badger, which I admit I picked because I regretted that I already drew the European badger and therefore couldn’t assign it to England. Thanks to The Wind in the Willows, badgers are quintessentially English to me. But just like the USA has conquered England in the World Cup, so we shall conquer their badgers in the World Cup of Mammals!
Okay, so the USA didn’t actually conquer England in the World Cup. But we did tie them, which is amazing. Look at this Daily Show segment about how ridiculous at least some English people think it is that we even have a soccer team:
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
|Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
|World Cup 2010: Into Africa – Two Teams, One Cup
Before the match, CNN reminisced about the long-ago time (1950) “when U.S. postmen and miners humbled England,” President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron made a friendly wager (when they could have been talking about, I don’t know, British Petroleum or something), Katy Perry wore a goofy dress (and I would point out that it’s half the Union Jack, instead of half the St. George’s Cross, which it should be, am I right?) because she’s engaged to an Englishman, and look at this English tabloid front page, in which they parody how we Yanks talk:
After all that, it was a draw, which was satisfying enough to the USA and especially humbling to England after their goalie allowed a really embarrassing goal. (You can see the match reenacted in Legos here.) After that, Comedy Central changed its tune. Stephen Colbert is pretty merciless here:
|The Colbert Report
|Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
|America’s Strained Relationship With England
Tomorrow morning, Group C will be decided after the group’s final two games. If England beats Slovenia, they will go on to the Round of 16. If the US beats Algeria, they will. If the US and Algeria draw, the US needs Slovenia to beat England or also draw. By the time you read this, it will probably already be settled. How exciting!
(Oh yeah, the badger. It eats rodents and will sometimes team up with a coyote to hunt, which I think is pretty fascinating. American badgers live in western and central Canada and the United States, and western and northern Mexico.)