Tom Jackson: It really has, Jim.
McKay: Let's take a look back at the last few years. In 1998, the reigning champions the Bosnian Muslims, who took the Christ Cup in 1994, really collapsed badly. They just fell apart, losing in the opening round in '98 to the white American underclass, who made a spectacular showing in the early rounds.
Jackson: Well Jim, the Bosnians lost a lot of players to both the North American and the EuroLeague Divisions. The Bosnian team couldn't convert their stunning 1994 upset over the Jews to build a lasting franchise. Many of them got green cards.
Dennis Miller: Yeah, but no green eggs and ham. I mean come on, what is a Bosnian Muslim anyway? Are they for real?
McKay: (forcing a laugh) 1998, what a year. They say that when it comes to the Christ Cup, the only surprise is when there is no surprise. For years, the Jews dominated the games, going knee-to-knee with some of the greatest victim franchises in modern history: black people, the proletariat, colonial subjects, even slaves. Tom?
Jackson: You're right, the Jews have really been the team to beat throughout the second half of the 20th century. And everybody really expected them to close the millennium with a victory just to really seal their status as the 20th century's WVL champions. You know, there's a lot of controversy over that, with black people and Third Worlders claiming that they've been getting some unfair officiating and bad breaks, but you really have to hand it to the Jews. They were consistent. They stuck to the game plan. In 1998, there was no one Victim team that challenged the Jews. Schindler's List was still hot on everyone's mind. [Cut to highlights]
McKay: Yes it was, and what a film that was. It made me feel so awful, I almost moved to a kibbutz, even at my age.
Miller: Sorry Jim, they don't grow prostate cancer on their kibbutz farms. Stay in the US, you rich white corporate male.
McKay: Uh...huh. The Jews, led by the Holocaust Survivor Squad [Cut to highlights] and their motto "We must never forget," really redefined how the WVL game is played. They outscored, out-complained, and outspent every team they faced: the East Timorese, the Northern Irish Catholics, African-Americans, the gay and lesbian teams, AIDS carriers, Latin American peasants, you name it.
Jackson: That's right, Jim. But still they didn't have it easy. 1998 was the year that we first heard about globalization's victims.
McKay: It was the year of the Financial Crisis. The Asian Contagion. Look at this: in Indonesia, once the darling of the white male corporate world, suddenly 80 percent of the population was plunged into desperate poverty. The seeds were sewn for the South Pacific division teams to really come alive.
Jackson: And not just them, but it set the stage for educated, knit-hat-wearing, white Vegan university students in the North American and EuroLeague to make a run for it in 1999 at the North American division playoffs in Seattle.
McKay: Right you are. But still, the Jews went on to win in '98, in spite of strong showings by the East Timorese, the victims of globalization, and a solid showing by HIV-positive gay artists. What a century the Jews had. But 2002 is a new beginning. And as strong as the Jews are, really at every position on the field, one team has soared past everyone's expectations, coming almost to even odds by the bookies to take the Christ Cup this summer. I'm talking of course about the Palestinians. And with us here in our studio, we have the General Manager of the Palestinian team, Yasser Arafat.
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