World Cup trends of stunning upsets and social justice protests continue I The Rush

Japan stunned Germany with an 2-1 upset win in the group stage of the World Cup and the New York Jets are benching Zach Wilson after a turbulent week that included a loss, lack of accountability and controversial tweets. Plus, Germany stages a silent protest against FIFA on the field and a German Minister defies FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s orders to his face.

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MINTY BETS: The latest Cinderella story of the 2022 World Cup belongs to Japan, who came from behind to stun Germany with a 2 to 1 upset victory in the group stage. This is cool on a bunch of different levels. One of which is that several guys on Japan's roster, including the two goal scorers are players in the German soccer league Bundesliga. Germany is damn good at football and it appears the students beat the sensei this time around. My favorite aspect of Japan's upset over Germany is the fan celebration. Check out this video from Shibuya crossing in Tokyo, where fans waited for the traffic signal to lose their minds and take over the intersection.


Back at Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Japan fans stuck around to help clean up the stadium. We should dub this classic match as a game of good lessons. The German team spoke loudly without saying a word during the team photo before their match against Japan. German players put their hands over their mouths in protest of FIFA's decision to suppress messaging in support of inclusion and equality. Captains of several European nations, including Germany, had planned to wear One Love armbands during the tournament until FIFA announced the night before the cup began that anyone wearing the armband during the competition would get a yellow card. It's super shady and totally on brand for FIFA. Someone who has not appreciated the international criticism of this year's cup and its host nation Qatar, FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

GIANNI INFANTINO: I think for what we Europeans have been doing in the last 3,000 years around the world, we should be apologizing for the next 3,000 years before starting to give moral lessons.

MINTY BETS: What Mr. Infantino didn't know then was that he was about to get a lesson in humanity, not just from the German soccer players on the field.

- Who else?

MINTY BETS: But from German politician Nancy Fraser who showed up to watch the game alongside Infantino. Like, "Oh, hey, nice to meet you." Cool as a cucumber. And then, bam, she whipped out the One Love armband and made Infantino read it and weep for the next 90 minutes.

- In your face.

MINTY BETS: If there is any nation that can prove Infantino's what about his in position wrong, it's Germany.

- Wow. That's so true.

MINTY BETS: Germany, you filled our proverbial World Cup with a liquid of love and respect.


MINTY BETS: Today probably isn't such a happy Thanksgiving for Jets quarterback Zach Wilson, who is being benched for Sunday's game against the Bears.

- That's a shame.

MINTY BETS: If you recall, Wilson didn't feel the need to take much responsibility after last weekend's loss to the Patriots.

- As an offense, though, I mean, you guys were only able to score 3 points. The defense only lets up 3 points. I mean, do you feel like you let the defense down at all?


- Thank you.

MINTY BETS: So it's not that surprising that two of his teammates, cornerback Sauce Gardner and defensive end John Franklin Myers, liked tweets criticizing their quarterback.

- Naughty. Naughty.

MINTY BETS: But wait, it gets better. Both guys claimed to like those tweets by mistake.


Oh, come on. Just own up to it, fellas. But then again, Twitter is in a state of chaos and blame Elon might actually be plausible. What a world.