Friday, October 26, 2007

I don't know what nothing is

This Sunday, it seems, the Miami Dolphins will be playing the New York Giants at Wembley stadium in London. It is, apparently, the first NFL regular-season game ever to be played outside the United States.

So, sports history is being made. And some players seem to be taking it as a real learning experience.

Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder has admitted not knowing people speak English in London.

The NFL player might want to check a map before he gets on board a plane for Sunday's prestige game against the New York Giants at Wembley Stadium.

Crowder, who comes from Atlanta in Georgia, may be praised on the field, but confessed geography was not his strong point.

Humility, as we know, is the first step on the road to knowledge.

He admitted he did not know until now where London was - or that Londoners spoke English.

"I couldn't find London on a map if they didn't have the names of the countries," he said. "I swear to God. I don't know what nothing is. I know Italy looks like a boot. I learned that."
Well, at least he learned something. Although this part was interesting too:

Crowder added: "I know (Washington Redskins linebacker) London Fletcher. We did a football camp together. So I know him.

"That's the closest thing I know to London. He's black, so I'm sure he's not from London. I'm sure that's a coincidental name."

Yes, Mr. Crowder, that must be the answer.


Lutz said...

Brilliant. And it lets my mind wander into two quite different directions. To Andi Möller, German soccer 'giant' of the 1990s, who once famously stated: "Mailand oder Madrid. Hauptsache Italien" [Milan or Madrid. As long as it is Italy].

And then to a Flannery O'Connor short story, "Good Country People", which I recently read, and in which a character stumbles across the following passage in a book: "Nothing - how can it be for science anything but a horror and a phantasm? If science is right, then one thing stands firm: science wishes to know nothing of nothing. Such is after all the strictly scientific approach to Nothing. We know it by wishing to know nothing of Nothing." Commented on here.
Greetings, and a good weekend.

J. Carter Wood said...

Excellent, thanks for the great -- and diverse! -- associations.

Somehow his comments made me think of the quote -- variously attributed -- that:

"If English was good enough for Jesus, it's good enough for me."

That's one of my favourites.

Thanks for the great comment and we wish you a great weekend too.

Black Sea said...

It's possible that Crowder was being sincere when he claimed not to know what language was spoken in London, but it's far more likely that he was, as the Brits say, "taking the piss."

Crowder is reputed to have graduated with a 3.5 GPA from Florida. Not bad for a student holding down a full-time job, which is what playing football at Florida is. What's more, Crowder's Wonderlic score of 30 translates to an IQ of 120.

In other words, the guy was probably just playing dumb, and then having a laugh.

J. Carter Wood said...

Black Sea:

A piss take is a possibility, I suppose, though as far as I know he hasn't signalled that. Of course, his sense of humour may be more sly than I realise.

I don't know anything about him really (and not nearly as much as you do), so I really can't say.

Even if he meant it seriously, It doesn't mean he's dumb, obviously, just uninformed.

And I've met a lot of very smart people -- in all fields -- who say very dumb things...

Particularly those with advanced university degrees, strangely enough. (Who are, in any case, the more typical targets of amusement at this blog.)

Thanks for stopping by.