As an American, I am not quite sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing that I only watch
soccer fútbol once every four years during the World Cup. I suppose I treat it a lot like curling in the Winter Olympics. In that special moment in time, I can’t get enough of it. For the three years and eleven months after the event, however, I could not care less. Is the electric atmosphere and my overzealous nationalism the only thing keeping me interested? Perhaps. But hey, can you blame me for rooting hard for ‘Murica in everything we do? Soccer Fútbol is one of the few things in the world that countries like Uruguay and Argentina can hang over our heads. Of course I want to crush them. U.S.A. – U.S.A. – U.S.A. – U.S.A.
As an added incentive for spending entire days watching a bunch of countries play a game I don’t follow, we are about to enter the darkest period in sports of the year – that time when Basketball is over, Hockey is over, and absolutely no Football (the good one) news is coming out before training camp starts in mid-July. Unless you are a massive baseball fan, this is the worst month of your life. Every year. My only hope is that the World Cup can entertain me just long enough to get me through this yearly rough patch so that I don’t go insane. Hell, I guess I don’t really have a choice now anyway, do I?
Are you watching the start of the World Cup today (3:00 PM CT on ESPN), BRB? Do you care about games that America is not involved in? Do you care about the World Cup at all? Sound off below.