Years ago a friend of mine was in Australia at an Australian Rules Football game and struck up a conversation with an Aussie. My friend eventually told the guy he was from the Bay Area, to which the Aussie responded, "How do you live with all those blacks and Jews?"
That was definitely a curious (read: racist) remark, which I just chalked up to coincidence upon hearing the story, but maybe it wasn't.
Two Central Coast Mariners soccer players are facing disciplinary actions after dressing up as Hitler and a blackface version of Morgan Freeman's God character from Bruce Almighty. Let's have a look at the costumes. First Hitler.
And now blackface God.
The offenders, Andre Gumprecht (Hitler) and Tony Vidmar (Morgan Freeman), at least kept their costumes in line with their respective backgrounds. Gumprecht is German-born and Vidmar's nickname is God. Luckily, no one went as a blackface Michael Vick.
The funniest thing though may be that this looks like it was some kind of celebration, but in truth it wasn't. The players and their teammates had traveled back to the Central Coast following their 1-0 loss to the Newcastle Jets during the A-League Grand Final in Sydney on Sunday. Man, I'd hate to see what the winner's wore.
By the way, you may have noticed that one of the player's is dressed as uber-party kid Corey Worthington. That's goalie Danny Vukovic who just got banned 9 months for doing this during Central's Coast's 1-0 loss in the final:
Man, at the rate this team is going, they won't have any players left by next week. Which would actually probably be a good thing.