Germany vs. Poland: What’s a Schmendrick to Do?

Lizzy Ratner has a smart funny piece in the new Observer about Jews who like soccer. Only the timing hurts: the best game today is Germany vs. Poland. I have to say it makes my sportsloving scrotum rather shy and reclusive when I hear a stadium full of Germans booming out nationalistic songs as Schweinsteiger passes to Podolski.

Which raises one likely error in the predictions by Ratner’s main character, soccermeister David Hirshey: England, Brazil, Argentina and Italy in the Final four. Has he forgotten the lessons of ’98, when France, improbably, won in France? The home court advantage here is positively Reifenstalian.

Germany vs. Poland: What’s a Schmendrick to Do?