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26 September 2006
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But a major refurbishment program has allowed the venue to host Monday's sell-out games between the Opus Dei, local psychopath Pope Benedict XVI's favorite team, and Hezbollah, who totally wasted Israel in July and August. Rock bands, including U2 and Megadeth, performed in a star-studded ceremony.
Many thought that after the Goths took Rome in 476, the building would be condemned. This has largely been the case, but in recent years, $180 bajillion were spent on a huge renovation effort and a rigging of the most recent Italian parliamentary reaction. Although some question spending so much on a sports stadium, the Pontifex Maximus, Benedict XVI, described it as a vital symbol of recovery for the city and the state, and a fun and entertaining method of capital punishment for felons and dissidents.
"This is exactly what the church needs," Irish Roman Catholic dunderhead Bono - whose song (about which much has been said) "Sunday Bloody Sunday" is not a rebel song - told UnNews before the game. "We all need something else to think about. The starving masses of Africa can wait."
Gladiatorial games were last held at the Colosseum in A.D. 394, a few years after Christianity had been established as the state religion in 391. Those who still liked blood and gore were forced to either watch bullfights or instigate genocide, both of which never gained the massive appeal of gladiatorial combat.