Monday, April 8, 2013

E così comincia...

Try not to love this.









- Greg Seltzer

7 comments:

Paolo said...



That’s great. It also riffs on Totti’s reputation for being hard to understand (he has a strong Roman accent).

By the way he’s playing in an hour (Monday Seria A game), and based on reports from practice he’s probably starting in a 3-5-2 formation Roma is trying out.

Paolo said...

I posted this on another site (SBI) in reply to someone's comment about his marketability in Italy, and thought I'd share it here:

Italians (and I speak as one) have a stereotype of the American coming in and taking charge, probably starting with Patton and postwar administration by the Allies. Bradley, as a midfield enforcer, with the bald head and even the name of a WWII general (Bradley), and his friendly-but-serious aura in interviews really fits this stereotype like a glove. So hell yeah, if he becomes a permanent starter again and if Roma makes noise climbing closer to the top of Serie A he’s going to be very marketable in all of Italy.

As a side note, Lalas was extremely marketable in Italy, far beyond his merits on the soccer field (though he didn’t embarrass himself as a defender in a 3rd-tier Serie A team). Though I don’t know what kind of sponsorships he had, I often saw him on Sunday variety shows and whatnot. He played to a separate Italian stereotype of Americans – the guitar-wielding hippie. And Scooby Doo was showing on Italian TV back then, and I certainly always thought of Shaggy when I saw him.

Phil McCracken said...

Awesome commercial. I get so used to seeing a serious and intense Bradley that it's refreshing to see this side of him.

Brian B said...

paolo,

can you explain this one?

Brian B said...

Sorry, this-
www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCEAidc7oaQ&feature=player_embedded

couchtoast said...

In the second commercial, Bradley apparently asks if Roma players get a discount on VWs, and the other player asks Michael if he is American or Scottish. I guess in Italy Scots are known for being cheap?!?!

jon said...

After typing "close-fisted scot" into Google, I found it's a common Scottish stereotype -- and some of the examples of its usage suggest it's not necessarily a negative stereotype. I mean, obviously anything can become a pejorative when used by an outsider (and whatever that hand gesture Romagnoli uses is), but I imagine its probably more of a working class point of pride.