Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Voodoo Chili (Slight Return)

The U.S. and Mexico soccer teams will be meeting in Columbus, Ohio, in a couple of weekend for a World Cup qualifying match. Rather counterintuitively, it turns out the Mexico hasn't beaten the US on American soil in a decade, or on anyone else's soil since 2000. But this time it'll be different, because Mexico has a "secret weapon": Voodoo.

An advertisement in the sports newspaper Record on Tuesday invited fans to clip coupons and redeem them at their local Radio Shack store for a voodoo-doll likeness of a U.S. player...

An illustration showed a pair of scissors slicing off the leg of a doll in a U.S. jersey that was bruised, crying out in pain, leaking stuffing and stuck with pushpins.

Ha ha! Good fun. So, you may have noticed that the dolls are being doled out by Radio Shack, the Texas-based maker of fine Tandy consumer electronic products. Apparently, no one in the Mexico office bothered to ask Headquarters if there'd be any objection to distributing an American-clad doll for Mexicans to torture. Not surprisingly, there was.

"In their desire to support their national team in the World Cup, our recently acquired operation in Mexico was interested in participating in a promotion created by the Record," RadioShack said in a statement. "Upon notification of our potential involvement, RadioShack Corporation has decided not to participate."

...the promotion will continue, and the paper was in talks with businesses interested in taking over as distribution centers.

Put us down as very interested. But lest you think the promotion is indicative of some kind of anti-American grudge, rest assured, Record genuinely believes the voodoo dolls will work.

Record planned to expand the promotion to include effigies representing the other CONCACAF finalists: Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador and Trinidad and Tobago.

It's a shame Haiti didn't make the cut.

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