Blog Guy, me and others like me are being discriminated against. We're dumbasses, and we don't think there are enough ways for us to express ourselves these days.
When people ask me what I do for a living, or they hear tales from my wife about me being away at the Olympics or shooting football or golf or a Papal visit somewhere, the usual response is to tell me how glamorous my job is, rubbing shoulders with all these famous sporting and political icons and how lucky I am to get to attend all these events and call it work!
August remains a time for cricket and athletics in many people's minds but if we are going to have football then it was probably fitting that the most uplifting performance of the opening day of the Premier League season came from the country's number one seaside holiday destination.
Did the World Cup stimulate economic growth in Germany?
That's the $3.6 trillion question on the minds of economists after the Ifo institute reported on Friday that business sentiment in Europe's largest economy surged by a record margin in July -- a month of fun in the sun for tens of millions of enthralled Germans who cheered their team's improbably strong run to the semi-finals of the World Cup in South Africa.
Can a soccer tournament half a world away really have a notable impact on Germany's 2.5-trillion euro ($3.6 billion) economy? Can a few exciting wins in the international soccer tournament really turn notoriously tight-fisted Germans into free-spending consumers? When I posed those questions at the start of July -- just after Germany had thrashed England 4-1 in the round of 16 -- I ran into some scepticism.
But there were also a few contrarian economists out there who also thought the good mood spreading across the country thanks to the lopsided victories in South Africa -- and especially the exciting way the young team filled with immigrants to Germany -- might lead to slightly higher growth. I've lived in Germany for over 20 years and long watched the way so many of them so diligently squirrel away such significant chunks of their money -- as if the next world war or great depression were looming around the corner.
Last Sunday's World Cup final between the Netherlands and Spain galvanized fans on either side. Your View contributors Niels de Vries (top) and Susan Kordalewski captured their very different emotions at the outcome.
What do an eight-legged creature in an aquarium in Germany and 74 economists have in common? The consensus view that Spain would claim the World Cup -- until the economists, as they so often do, changed their minds.