...about the World Cup, dear friends?
Sitting here, having just watched the U.S. team quietly lose to Ghana, I must say I am disappointed. Yes, there is disappointment at the loss, but mostly at the entire event.
I have not been much of a soccer fan since high school when I rooted for this team. It was kind of the cool thing to do, and I, admittedly didn't learn much about the sport. Since high school (suffice it to say many years) I haven't watched much, though we happen to have a major league team in Columbus. But recently my college boy has grown interested and it has rubbed off. So I watched more World Cup soccer than I would have.
And I must say I am disappointed by the lack of good sportsmanship I have seen. While I have seen plenty of cheating, what appeared to be just plain meanness, and really bad calls by referees, I have seen very few moments of good old-fashioned sportsmanship.
Like with most things of the world these days -- politics, entertainment, society in general -- it appears that international sports has lost its humanity. Yes, there was hard work, but there was not a lot of heart. Even among members of same teams, there was not much camaraderie.
Oh, and as a side, there is that damned vuvuzela -- that ginormous kazoo-type instrument that sounds like the droning of bees. Did you know that the South Africans blow those just to annoy their opponent? That's the thanks FIFA gets for bringing this huge event to South Africa.
What say you, friends?