Originally Posted by pauliec
I was invited by a friend to watch the last World Cup final with about 8 Italians and me being the lone Frenchman. I walk in with my French Rugby jersey, and a bottle of Champagne saying no matter who wins, we'll be drinking it. That broke the ice.
...then the game started...
I **** you not, I've never seen people as fanatical. After the Zidane penalty, they went NUTS, chicks were fuming with rage, veigns bulging on the sides of their necks, tears flowing, screaming conspiracy....I kept all the "Italians are the ones who buy off referees" jokes to myself. I barely celebrated.
Italy scored, and in a weird way, I was relieved.
They basically shut up in the second half and OT, as the Italians were tired and France was pushing. Ref forgot to whistle a very real penalty in the 2nd half, which even things out a bit.
They of course went nuts when Zidane was sent off. Italy won, we all got drunk together. Good times.