June 24, 2006
Kathryn L. Knapp
RELAX AND WATCH SOME GAMES
World Cup has been Exciting and It's Not Over Yet
Four years ago, I was excited. Thrilled the USA advanced. This year. I was crushed. But after the initial shock wears off you realize, thereís still soccer to watch. It would be awesome to witness it in person. But since Iím here and itís in GermanyÖ Iíll watch it on TV. Itís been a blast.
While I am upset the USA didnít advance to the second round, itís getting easier to deal with. Now I can sit down, watch a game and relax. I can cheer for whomever I want. Generally itís the underdog. I like to see upsets (when it doesnít include my team). I think most people do. Thatís what the World Cup is all about - the little guys getting a shot to take out the big guys.
This World Cup has been entertaining. I hate to admit it, but Ghana is an exciting team to watch. Then thereís Australia Ė the socceroos. Thatís just fun to say. Portugal advanced for the first time in 50 years. Again, exciting. There are the usuals. Germany. Brazil. Italy. Argentina. France. England. You expect good things from these teams. Brazil finally came to life in its last game.
The best part is Ė itís not over yet. There are games every day. Well almost every day. But there are games to watch from now through the Final on July 9th at 12:00 p.m.
You can watch them where you want, in a pub full of crazies or in the comfort of your own home. It doesnít get much better than this.
You know, itís funny. When you think about the World Cup, you think about the passion, the excitement of winning. You forget that missing work, rearranging your schedule and the fear of loss cause daily stress. But at the end of a month itís all worth it. Imagine if it happened every year.