16 February 2007

Lou Dobbs would hate us.

You see, we love foreigners. Of all kinds. Whether it's The Good German, Dirk Nowitzki, and his wild mane, Bartolo Colon's incredible weight gain, Evgeni Malkin's monolingual capabilities (I'll teach you English, E), or even Justin Morneau (Canadian), we love 'em all. We love their quirks, their goofs with the language, and their stories of the old country. And on a more serious note, some of the most entertaining and contributory athletes in recent years have come from abroad. Steve Nash and Albert Pujols are two who have displayed top-level athletic skills while also acting as exemplary citizens. (Mr. Pujols is now a U.S. citizen after scoring 100% on his test. Congrats, Al.) And among baseball players, it is frequently the Dominican and Latin American players who have come from impoverished backgrounds who prove to be the most charitable. These men remember having no shoes and using milk cartons for gloves, and the contributions by some of them have been extraordinary.

So with all of that in mind, we're reaching out to the foreigners among the Lion in Oil audience. As of this posting, we've had visitors from Canada, Australia, France, Mexico, India, the Philipines, Taiwan, Denmark, Israel, Brazil, Italy, Japan, South Africa, Finland, Switzerland, China, Sweden, Iceland, Argentina, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Germany, the U.K., Portugal, and the U.S. military. And while not quite a foreign country, we've even had a couple visits from people at the Advanced Research Projects Agency.

We want to hear from you -- especially the dude in Iceland. Please email us at letthelionroar@gmail.com. Tell us where you live, how you found the site, which sports you follow, which sports you play. Do you follow American sports? Are there any athletes from your home country playing in America that you follow? Can you even understand these words? If you're an American abroad, let us know how you got there. We want to know all. Hopefully we'll get a good crop of answers, and we'll post some of them up here.

So in the meantime, let's be thankful for the Canadian mullet, Pedro's geri curl, Divac's flops, Nomomania, and yes, even David Beckham.

We look forward to hearing from you.