Years ago the Florida Film Festival set up the next ten years of Spring festival dates based on avoiding any conflicts with both Easter Sunday and the incredibly popular (and established) Winter Park Art Festival. So I got a huge chuckle out of this item in the Sports section of Tuesday’s Orlando Sentinel:
Soccer bigger than porn? Apparently so. Over the weekend, something called the International Erotic Film Festival of Barcelona was held in, uh, Madrid. It had drawn as many as 50,000 in previous years but only attracted about 15,000 this time. And the director blamed the poor turnout on Spain’s victories in Euro 2008, saying, “Football is one of the few things that can compete with sex.”
We’ve all heard that expression before: “(blank) is better than sex”–now there’s proof. Or maybe it’s because it was only a film festival and not the act itself. But if you ever needed evidence of how important soccer is in other parts of the world, this tells it like it is. Congrats to Spain for their first title in over four decades (loved the winning goal that beat Germany!), and my condolences to the festival director.