Spain-Netherlands World Cup Matchup Ideal for San Francisco

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With apologies to the city's German and Uruguayan communities, this weekend's Spain-Netherlands finale in the World Cup is the best San Francisco could hope for.

For a city that loves to root for underdogs, we can't lose -- either way a first-time champion will be crowned on Sunday. But there are other, more disturbing reasons why this matchup jibes so closely with San Francisco's ethos.

Not only is San Francisco a city that pulls for the underdog -- it does so in phony, contrived ways. Meaningless resolutions, hare-brained schemes, and well-meaning but counter-productive measures are San Francisco's standard game plan. On that note, both Spain and Holland are, in actuality, phony underdogs. They're two of the best teams in the world. They've just never taken home a World Cup.

In fact, you could say both of these European soccer powerhouses mirror our fair city. They look beautiful (check), they're stocked with wealthy standouts (check), and they habitually underperform (big check).

In any event, it figures to be a great game -- and it'll look great on the free big screen at Civic Center plaza. See you there.

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