Monday, June 14, 2010
I'm so pumped about the World Cup! 32 nations, 63 games, 1 champion. The largest sporting event in the world only comes around once every four years, and far more people watch it than the olympics, so you need to get pumped too! With starts like Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, and mostly the fantastic goalkeeper Tim Howard, the USA is in the best position to make the round of 16 it's been since 2002 after scrounging a tie with favorite England on Saturday. Even if (probably a matter of when :( ) the US is eliminated, there's nothing quite like the passion of the beautiful game on the international level. Even our high school teachers can't abate their excitement over the event; over half of mine are turning on the TV's and watching in class as the school year ticks down. More than just the athletic intensity, the world cup is a chance for dozens of very different peoples from very different cultures and dozens of different countries from all 6 continents to be united in their shared love for the same sport. The atmosphere of international compatability and togetherness is truly amazing, and for it to take place in South Africa this year, only a decade or so after apartheid, makes it extra special.