From the bottom of everyone and their mother’s heart

It’s where all the thank you’s to FIFA are coming from. The best is, of course, Vladimir Putin’s, especially the part where he talks about soccer promoting fair play.

The Cup, by the way, is, by some estimates, projected to cost $50 billion. $50 billion, people! I know what you’re all going to say, my apologist commenters, but that is a bonkers amount of money.

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10 Responses to From the bottom of everyone and their mother’s heart

  1. I know what you’re all going to say, my apologist commenters, but that is a bonkers amount of money.

    Then why do you leave the comments open, or even post this at all?😉

    • Ah, the beauty of free speech. Just because I can predict what you’re going to say, doesn’t mean you can’t say. Nor does it mean I agree, or that this blog exists to cater to your position. But you knew that. So why did you comment?

      • You said you “know” what you’re going to say, which is infinitely stronger than you “can predict”. Unless, perhaps, you believe that posting this will alter the time-space continuum such that what you know we will say becomes something different and merely predictable but know knowable in advance.

        But anyhow, I posted my opinion to this Siberian Light post.

        In response to your specific claim that $50 billion is a “bonkers amount of money”, much of it will be in infrastructure, on which Russia in any case intends to be spend around $1,000 billion in the next decade. So $50 billion is rather modest in comparison.

  2. Tal Sutsa says:

    Related and funny image that’s been going around: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3971799/22209.png

    Putin’s intonation sounded a little different here. It’s probably because the only other times I’ve heard him speak English were in more prepared speeches, and he probably didn’t have time to rehearse this one.

  3. Fabio says:

    same here in Brazil, my friend, same here…..

  4. River says:

    Leo Messi can talk about fair play, not putin.

  5. Tim Newman says:

    It’s worth noting that Russia needs to spend $50bn to get $12bn worth of infrastructure.

  6. marknesop says:

    Speaking of that, how’re those Trillion-dollar schools and roads in Iraq coming along?

    • Tim Newman says:

      The weblog of a Moscow-based journalist is probably not the best forum in which to enquire as to the progress of reconstruction efforts in Iraq. I doubt you’ll find the answer here.

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