Top Ten Reasons Team USA is Better than Street Fighter

by casperOne 6. March 2009 21:32

It’s been a while since I watched the Late Show with David Letterman.  I used to watch it when I was younger (when it was on NBC, if you can believe it, 17 years ago?) and I remember my favorite part being the Top Ten list.

So I was pleased when my mother informed me that Team USA from the World Baseball Classic (WBC) presented the Top Ten List on Thursday:

I always thought that Letterman lost a step when he moved to CBS, but it’s good to see that he can still get a few laughs.  Unfortunately, starting in June, he’s going to have to compete with Conan O’Brien, and I don’t know if that’s a battle he can win.  We’ll have to wait to see the effect Burbank has on Conan.

Going back to the WBC, it reminded me of an ad that I saw for ESPN’s broadcast of the WBC on the subway recently, featuring none other than the Yankee captain, Derek Jeter:


(image credit: ESPN’s Media Source)

I was very pleased to see this, not only for the obvious reason, but for what I see on his right shoulder, an American flag that is flying backwards.

Most people seem to think that this is an error, but in fact, it is not.  It’s representative of the flag bearers that would carry the flag into battle.  When seen from their right side, and moving forward, the flag appears to fly backwards.

So on the right shoulder/arm, it is backwards, to give the appearance that a soldier is always moving forward in the face of battle.

Compare that with Guile from the Street Fighter series:


And even his latest incarnation in Street Fighter IV (rotated 180 degrees to emphasize the orientation of the tattoo):


(image credit:

The sad part about it is that in Street Fighter IV, the characters are three-dimensional models, not sprites which are flipped when they have to “turn around”.

Then again, it could be argued that since the character (and his history) is already established, and that they are tattoos (and aren’t going to be changed easily), that they kept it for the sake of continuity.

Oh well, I guess there’s always Street Fighter V.

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