Champions League soccer is back on today, and English side Manchester City traveled to Russia to play CSKA Moscow. City won, 2-1. City have the better team, so the result itself isn't shocking. But going to Russia to play soccer sucks. It's far. It's cold. The environment is oppressive. CSKA are actually really, really good. So even though City are better, both teams struggled on that cold, hard pitch for 90 minutes. It was a tense match, and an enjoyable one, too, until the unmistakeable sound of monkey noises started to rain down on City's star midfielder Yaya Touré.
Let's not get into all the obvious evils of racism, or the stunning cognitive gymnastics the CSKA faithful displayed to taunt Touré even as their team fielded two black strikers. (A couple of the Good Ones, obviously.) And at this point, it'd be overkill to point out how Russia seems to hate everything and is a sad laughingstock in the world of sports.