It was supposed to be a World Cup blowout. One of the best teams in the world teaching upstarts a much needed lesson.
Brazil was going to stomp North Korea – and I was going to cheer every second.
But North Korea was spunky. No silly theatrical dives, no overly-dramatic facial expressions or picked fights. They ran like the wind. When they fell or tripped, they got right back up – and patted the back of any Brazilian player involved. They held off the Brazilian side well into the second half of the match out of sheer grit and determination. As the minutes ticked by, I couldn’t help but admire these men for standing firm against a football institution like Brazil.
And by the end of the match? Well, we all knew they couldn’t win going down 2 goals to nil against the Samba Kings but I found myself cheering — like, jump up and down, pump fists in the air, cheering – when North Korea scored in the 89th minute.
Continue reading To North Korea, With Love
What I’ve learned so far from the World Cup ….a.k.a. a primer for Yanks
- It’s fooball, futbol, the world’s sport ….. NEVER soccer (even if the U.S. commentators or desk jockeys say “soccer” regularly)
- Fluorescent yellow or orange colored footwear is very distracting.
- The Germans still look like a well-oiled machine. This is a World Cup standard that never seems to change.
- Football players are pretty good actors. Their ability to roll around on the pitch (that’s the field), writhing in agony, only to jump up again when they realize the ball is still in play is quite often award worthy. See the world’s best hambones here.
Continue reading Lessons from the World
The time has come….and, believe it or not, I am ready.
Supply of microwavable popcorn? Check.
Face paint? Check.
Large-screen television? Check.
Country flags? Check.
The goose bumps have started ….. the 24 hour countdown until the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup is in full effect!!!
Continue reading When the World Unites …