The Primal (Online) Howl of the Chinese Soccer Fan.

Last week my Bloomberg View column took a look at the sustained howl of pain emitted by Chinese soccer fans at the failure of their national team to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. You can find it here.

I had a lot of fun with that one. And a lot more material than I could actually use, including a withering tweet to Sina Weibo from Zhang Xin, one of China’s most prominent female authors, who made it clear that she’d had enough of all of the testosterone-fed hand-wringing by China’s ranks of male soccer fans.

I don’t understand these men. Since they knewthat  Chinese football is over, why did they still seize the TV and rail words like “Chinese football is over”? Don’t tell me that you’re expecting to win a big prize like a lottery ticket. Does this belong to a gambling psychology or a consolation psychology? Or do you just find that, compared to the Chinese soccer team, you are not so bad?

My kind of woman.

The complete column is here. No column this week, though, in light of the Thanksgiving holiday. Which I plan to enjoy.