Monty Python saw Friday’s “Bailout Game” coming. The famed British comedy troupe went ahead and played the game for fans, sparing them the responsibility of watching the 2012 UEFA European Championships quarterfinal meeting themselves.
But it wouldn’t be Monty Python if they took the straightforward approach to soccer. So they did two things. First, they simulated Friday’s game decades ago (judging by the grainy video).
Second, they shunned the use of the on-field stars of the day. Instead the game was contested between timeless stars of both nations. Philosophers and other intellectual giants took the field in a battle of supremacy between Germany and Greece.
The names should be familiar to those who studied introductory philosophy at a university level. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Friedrich Nietzsche led the German side, while Aristotle, Plato and Socrates carried the flag for the Greeks. Chinese titan Confucious was the referee, and he was not going to take any nonsense from the players.
What ensued was pure, unadulterated hilarity, so it’s best not to spoil it.
See what happens in Monty Python’s battle of the philosophers in the video below.