Thursday, July 28, 2011

Grandpas Gone Wild (AKA: Old Man River)

If you live in Argentina and have a pulse, then you are aware of the fact that the "River Plate" fútbol team (one of the most successful teams in all of Argentina) recently lost an important game that resulted in their historic descent to the B League for the first time in over a hundred years.  Although it’s not the same analogy, the consequences could be likened to the New York Yankees being at the bottom of their division for several years. 

I watched the game at home with my Argentine roommate (and our che: Gonzalo: The Smooth Criminal) and his friends. Needless to say, the River fans were pretty upset and the Boca fans (the other major team in Buenos Aires and arch nemesis of River) were gloating in their faces. It was a little uncomfortable to be an outsider but I was full of beer and a meal cooked on the parilla (grill), so I was fine with the result.  After the game, usually everyone heads home but that day, we sat and watched the destruction of the morale of the River fans, and their destruction of the stadium and surrounding neighborhood.  I will say, it was nothing like the aftermath of the Vancouver Canucks Stanley Cup (hockey) loss to the (super-awesome and current world champions) Boston Bruins, but it was still embarrassing to see that this is how the fans reacted.

One disgruntled fan has become an internet sensation in the last few weeks. His family secretly filmed him watching the game and his subsequent rage (I’m guessing this isn’t the first time he’s had this sort of reaction). During the course of the video, he proceeds to curse at the players, managers, owners, and even fans. At 2:40 in the video, the 2nd goal was scored by the opposing team, more or less sealing the fate of River. The old man’s reaction is pretty good, shouting, "No! Noo! Estamos en la B!" Translated as "No, Noo! We're in the B (league)!" Then, toward the end of the game (5:42), his family proceeds to give him a pill to calm him down.  I hope you get a kick out of the video.

Below, in a very *special* addition of Vocabulary Time!, are some translations of the expletives the fan uses. Check it out! Anyway, thanks for being a follower, puto!


  1. OMG!!!!!! I wanted to learn new curse words for when I am playing beach volleyball and mess up a play. I was getting tired of my English curse words. My Peruvian friend sent me this link to help me learn!!!!!!!!! "MIERDA" !!!!

  2. Jen - Glad you like it! "Mierda" is one of my personal favorites. Although it should be noted that some of these are specific to Buenos Aires and the surrounding area. You can also plug your favorite words into Google Tanslate for some new ones!|es|