Ah, the glory of football. Where a flick of the ankle can send 3 billion people into either spasms of joy or crushing heartbreak. No other sport causes more lost time at work, fewer concert ticket sales, and more rioting. Look at Brazil '94 or France '98. Any England vs. Argentina game in the last 25 years. Don't forget about the price of equipment. A good ball starts the price off at $60. A World Cup ball is almost $120. Boots? Better take out another mortgage on the home, top of the line Puma, Nike, Adidas, or Diadora cleats will cost you $185. And the best part is, it takes an entire month before the spectacle of the greatest sport on earth is over with, and three years for aftershocks to stop. Of course, by that time, the hype starts to build again for the next installment. Yes, yes, I am talking about the World Cup.
One day, I WILL participate in the spectacle that is the World Cup. Granted, it will only be as a spectator, but I will be at a game. Preferrably the Final. Until that day, I will be content with sitting with my eyes glued to the screen, screaming, groaning, and cheering out loud; all the while looking like a total idiot to all who see me. I am currently blessed in the fact that I can watch almost every single game. Between ABC and the three mexican stations I pick up on my rabbit ears I am covered. Granted, some games (USA vs Czech republic) nobody is showing except for ESPN2. I am therefore forced to go out to eat so as to watch the game as well. Of course, this state of affairs is helped by my lack of a job at the moment. I am therefore able to catch all the games that are in the morning (i.e. every game), due to the time difference between the great state of Texas and Germany.
Of course, I am constantly thrown in the midst of a dilemma. Who do I cheer for? Mexico? USA? Czech Republic? Today was a perfect example of that. Iran vs Mexico. Iran normally doesn't do all that good in the World Cup, so I am tempted to root for the underdog. But Mexico is my home. In case you don't know, Mexico ended up destroying Iran. 3-1. The last two goals came within ten minutes of each other, half way through the second half.