The 2006 World Cup started this weekend and things got off to a roaring start. Annalise and I have decided to dedicate ourselves to The Mother Country for this competition of skill and sweet moves, and Steve has devoted his life to watching every game (pretty sweet). Therefore, we watched England v. Paraguay on Saturday.
They kept referring to England as "The Three Lions" and none of us knew what that meant exactly. According to Wikipedia, a source I have decided I quote far too often, The Three Lions on the England coat of arms comes from Richard I also known as Richard the Lionhearted.
"In 1198, his great seal bore a single rampant lion, but his shield was "Gules three lions passant guardant," the three lions reportedly representing England, Normandy, and Aquitaine. Same arms continued for John, Henry III, Edward I, and Edward II."
While I do enjoy that explanation (however little sense it made), I have decided to do a three lion redesign. In honor of the World Cup and England, and hot football players the world over I have designed a new Three Lions coat of arms: