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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

World Cup Widow

The World Cup is arguably a bigger event than the Olympics. Only one thing generates this level of hoopla the world over, and it's hilarious because most Americans don't even know it's going on. I don't mean that they don't understand the phenomenon - which they don't- but most aren't even aware that it's happening. It's not in the papers or on the TV. Even the openning ceremony and game was relegated to ESPN2, while a mid-season college baseball game played on the sports channel's main venue.

I realized what a big deal it is myself only because I date a foreigner. Otherwise, my days would have gone by untouched by the global frenzy. But now I get text-messaged score updates, and you're-not-going-to-believe-this-play voice mails. I get "make sure to watch some of this match during your workout" email reminders, or I'll be at the pub after work because they have TiVo and we don't. I find myself slowly seduced by the excitement. Soon I'll be (cough-cough) too sick to come in, or have to leave early for "an appointment." An appointment with a $3 pint of stella and Brazil v. Italy.

I must say, though, I'm glad that the games are televised during the day in the US. Otherwise, I would not have seen my lover again until mid-July. And while I may be convinced that sharing him with a cute blonde is a fun idea, I doubt I would feel the same way about sharing him with the pub. On the other hand, I could decide to join in it all myself, and then he'd be sharing me with those unnaturally gorgeous players. Really - it's almost as if there's some kind of sieve that sorts the ugly out of this sport. I don't think we have a single sports league in this country with as many beautiful people as you'll find on one World Cup team.

Perhaps that's part of the attraction, for those of us who would be abandoned by our lovers if we did not willingly become caught up in it ourselves. For them, it's good sport and good times with the boys. For's being in a room full of intense, sweaty men who are shouting at the TV where intense, sweaty men shout and run around a field nonstop.

One man's game is another woman's porn.


  • At 2:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Poland vs. Germany was ridiculous. They actually managed to hold off German offense for nearly fifteen minutes in a 10 vs. 11. The fuckers scored on 90th minutes.

    Which is why US loses in football. Your boys are just not fit enough to play a real sport.


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