We have been diligently following the World Cup this year. Yesterday, we spent several hours at a local brunch spot where we watched Trinidad tie with Sweden, England win after Paraguay’s captian Carlos Gamarra headed in an own-goal, and Argentina beat the Ivory Coast, which was a must-see game. I rooted for the Ivory Coast. Not only are they the underdog, but also their economy has been stunted by political turmoil and civil war. The World Cup, and the camaraderie it brings with it, inspired the nation to call for a ceasefire thereby pausing its ongoing civil war. I can’t tell you how awesome that is, just another reason to adore soccer and worldwide sporting events.
I’m a little irritated that the United States plays for the first time at noon on Monday. I think a long lunch may be in order. I might even hit the ESPN Zone at Times Square. I’m also annoyed that it’s not being shown everywhere. For example, we were at the gym this morning and you can’t get it on the TVs there. Instead, they were talking about Barry Bonds and his juiced induced records, teenage cheerleaders, and old football stats. Why are American’s so turned off from soccer? Why do we follow football like it’s a religion and totally snub the World Cup? I will never understand this. People say that it’s because there aren’t enough points scored, and while I know that Americans tend to prefer quantity to quality, points does not an exciting game make.
I haven’t been so enthusiastic about a sport in quite some time. Perhaps it’s because I played soccer for a long time and therefore understand exactly what’s going on. Perhaps it’s due to the game’s constant movement. It’s so much fun to watch. It’s even more fun to play. And it’s been fantastic sitting in a room filled with people who are cheering for whatever team they choose.
Currently, we’re watching Mexico play Iran and even though Mexico is up one point and we’re 30 minutes into the game, I am rooting for Iran. There is a part of me that believes that it could be something as simple as winning a soccer match that might help an entire country cooperate and identify with the rest of the world.
Update: Monday, June 12th, 9:10 AM Trying to figure out a way to watch the US game at noon. (Checking score between Australia vs. Japan online.) NYSC doesn’t have ESPN2 but the kind gentleman working desk informs me over the phone that I might possibly be able to watch it on the Spanish channel, Univison. Cross your fingers they’re showing the game.
Update: Monday, June 12th, 10:14 AM This is how I’m “watching” the game:
Update: Monday, June 12th, 1:39 PM Ouch for the U.S. Ouch. I ran for the first half. Left at halftime and then headed to an Irish pub, which was packed with people there specifically to see the game. I left right when Czech scored their third goal. Bummer, dude. At the office again hoping for a miracle.