Wednesday, August 11, 2010
In a little over a month, Mexico will celebrate the bicentenario, marking 200 years since the start of the insurgent movement that ultimately resulted in independence from Spain. Popular patriotism is tinged with the blackest cynicism, however, frustrating efforts to promote the event. Today's Mexico-Spain soccer match bordered on the farcical, from the "Bicentenary Trophy" that was at stake to the pathetically earnest television commentators. When a vapid blond sideline reporter asked a very bemused David Villa what he thought about the historic importance of the bicentenary match, the star Spanish striker could only confusedly mumble "Uh, happy?"