World Cup open thread
OK, Americans need to understand something about the World Cup.
The world shuts down, two countries at a time, for a month. Americans can opt in or out of the excitment, but around the world, everyone stops and watches because this is about more than a game. In the same way the football indifferent watch the Superbowl, the soccer indifferent watch matches. They may not know who's playing, but the game matters, becuase it's their country.
If you have business in Europe or Asia this month, expect frustration. Because either people leave work early, take long meals or just stop answering the phone.
There's something quaint about how people say "we hate soccer, it's boring". So boring that we've taught two generations of kids to play it over baseball. But that isn't the point. It's a party anyone can join, if they choose.
The US has a good team, and people don't expect much from it, which is always dangerous with Americans. They may falter, they may rise above expectations.
If you have a chance, see one of the US matches in a crowd. Even if you miss the tactics, the excitment is something to see. Americans think they're passionate about sports.
They're about to see passion in action.
posted by Steve @ 11:18:00 AM