Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

What you have here is an old guy. In education for 30 years, started teaching elementary, ended as library and media director of community college. I've enjoyed mountain climbing, sports car rallying, was pipe major of a bagpipe band, played guitar and sang during the folk revival, walking and hiking later in life. Now fairly sedentary. Enjoy reading, esp. mysteries and fantasy, but my reading is pretty eclectic. Enjoy movies, giving Netflix a workout.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

World Cup

I’m sorry to have been away. But, you see, it’s World Cup time. Soccer time. It doesn’t mean a thing to most a Americans. But to we few who think football is really a game that is played with the feet, World Cup time is the pinnacle of the sports year. Actually it takes place only once in four years. This year has been especially grand since for the first time Americans can, if they wish, see all thirty-two games on television, thanks to ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC. So far I’ve watched one game a day for a total of thirteen games. I will probably continue to do so until the final match is played in Berlin.

The U.S. team has not been stellar so far. They lost to the Czechs in the first game, 3-0 and tied the Italians in the second game, 1-1. The one goal was a gift from Italians, an own goal. Tomorrow they had better play a more polished game and score some goals or they can sit in the stands and watch the rest of the World Cup go by.

There have been some very interesting events during the competition. Today the Ivory Coast, victims of civil war for twenty-seven years, beat Serbia-Montenegro 3-2. Their first time that they have gotten to the World Cup. And Angola got a brilliant game from players that are called the Black Antelope. Also their first time qualifying to play in the World Cup. Just a couple of the stories that make this event such a pleasure for millions of people (other than Americans).


Blogger Bill said...

I played soccer (or football) as a kid, and even then I didn't get it.

5:10 AM  
Blogger Kent Morgan said...

While I watch the World Cup, I have been reading a wonderful book titled The Thinking Fan's Guide to the World Cup. Thirty-two writers have written original essays on the 32 nations playing in the competition and most have little to do with soccer. For example, yesterday when Angola was playing , I read the piece by Swedish mystery novelist Henning Mankell. Some of the other writers are Geoff Dyer, Dave Eggers, Robert Coover, John Lanchester, Caryl Phillips and Nick Hornby. Although I am wearing an England shirt as I write this, I didn't pick England to win and I haven't read Hornby's essay. Before the World Cup started, my pool pick to win was Argentina with Spain a second choice and Portugal a longshot. So far, so good. You can't watch for 90 minutes straight so learning more about each country while they play provides a welcome diversion. This book will find a permanent place in my library and I can't recommend it highly enough. The cost - $14.95 or $19.50 in Canada.

3:01 PM  
Blogger Randy Reichardt said...

Did you see the winning goal today in the Argentina/Mexico match? A thing of beauty.

11:07 PM  

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