Never Afraid To Never Forget

An excited fan behind the iconic brick wall at Wrigley Field is lifted out of his seat as Seattle Sounders goalkeeper JACK BRAND, the native of Braunschweig, West Germany, who backstopped host nation Canada at the 1976 Summer Olympic Games, courageously smothers the ball ahead of the Chicago Sting’s high-flying Dutchman DICK ADVOCAAT (22), the former ADO Den Haag, Roda JC Kerkrade, VVV Venlo, Sparta Rotterdam and FC Utrecht journeyman midfielder who is currently serving as the trainer for the national team of Russia, during a North American Soccer League game at the Windy City’s well-known baseball stadium in the summer of 1980.

It is, in fact, the very essence of the Goalkeeping. To diligently stand on guard between the sticks and maintain a sharp eye on all affairs throughout. And, of course, step in to save the day before the situation spirals out of control.

As some may have noticed here already, this blog enjoys celebrating the history of German football. We refer to this particular habit as “connecting with our German heritage”. The old expression says, he can not learn from history is condemned to repeat it.

As fate would have it, the blog is actually produced in a place that was, once upon a time, known as Northampton Town. During the time of the American Revolution, the region was flooded with German-speaking settlers who could be trusted to do the right thing. And so it was one ‘Dutch’ yokel, JOHN JACOB MICKLEY, a private in the local Northampton County militia, who went down to Philadelphia ahead of the advancing British Army and brought the symbolic Liberty Bell back to Zion’s Reformed Church to be hidden and not melted down for cannon balls.


It was here, under the floorboards of ZION’s REFORMED CHURCH (UNITED CHURCH of CHRIST) in what is now Allentown, Pennsylvania, that the LIBERTY BELL was secreted from September 1777 until July of 1778 so as to be kept away from the British troops then occupying the American capital city of Philadelphia. The original log building on this site was first errected in 1762 as a “union” church housing both Lutheran and Reformed congregations, which was a common practice among the Pennsylvania-German people of that time period. Today, in the basement of the church is The Liberty Bell Shrine musuem which features a life-size replica of the original and celebrates its 50th Anniversary in the coming new year.

The blog wonders sometimes what might have happened had more Germans and others around the world spoken out earlier and more vociferously in opposition to the anti-Semitic garbage being tossed about by Adolf Hitler and his Nazi minions. BEFORE the lunatics with the massive legacy had ever had the chance to take and then consolidate real power over an entire country, if not almost an entire continent. Perhaps separate national football team histories for the Bundesrepublik Deutschland as well as the Deutsche Demokratische Republik, respectively, could have been avoided here.

These days, the blog sees more and more anti-Semitic trash-talk coming out of Europe all the time. Its abundance continues to grow here in America, too, as clearly and willingly evidenced by the “Occupy” Flea Parties all across the country at seemingly every opportunity they are afforded. And now, a little Jewish high school girl has had her hair set on fire in a Canadian public school.

At some point, it becomes time to say, “Enough is F-U-C-K-I-N-G enough!” In fact, perhaps that train has long since left the station. Hell, the blog has not even gotten to “JIHAD LEGIA” yet …


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