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Planet football, animal planet

Several U.S. journalists visited Lion Park near Johannesburg this morning. As notorious jackals, we felt quite comfortable in the surroundings.

However, no sign of Emilio "Vulture" Butragueno, Ariel "Little Donkey" Ortega, Hakan "Bull of the Bosporous" Sukur, Eusebio "The Black Panther", Lionel "Flea" Messi, Michael "Bison" Essien, Carlos "Little Fish" Ruiz, Zakumi, Kevin "Mighty Mouse" Keegan, Carles "Tarzan" Puyol, Alexandre "Duck" Pato, Pickles (the dog that found the lost World Cup trophy in 1966), Tony "Big Cat" Sanneh, Edmundo "The Animal", Ivory Coast's "Elephants", Nigeria's "Super Eagles" or Algeria's "Desert Foxes" but more than 85 Indomitable Lions.

England's Three Lions, however, have yet to, um, make an appearance this month.


Brazilian TV crew interviews Peter Crouch (or is it Jack Charlton?).

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A lion says hello. Lions roam, people are inside caged vehicles.

By Steve Goff  |  June 22, 2010; 11:22 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Africa , South Africa  | Tags: South Africa, World Cup  
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Ha! Glad you were getting some kicks this morning Steve. Keep enjoying yourself. Any thoughts on DCU's new DP? :)

Posted by: DadRyan | June 22, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Aww, the big kitty just wants a tummy wub!

Posted by: jhorstma | June 22, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

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