Friday, June 09, 2006

how i say hooray for soccer

i'm actually looking forward to this year's world cup. i hear it's a big deal overseas.

there's been enough advertising to go around championing it - and i 'm kinda digging most of it and i think it's a good thing we get to know ronaldhino and thierry henry. i am torn, however, with that gatorade ad that plays an instrumental version of "take me out to the ballgame" while showing soccer clips. then again, it pissed me off, and it got my attention, and i think that was the point.

point taken.

speaking of, this is the coolest outdoor ad i've seen in such a long time:

okay, back to the games. i'm actually going to go out of my way to see the american team play in the next couple of weeks. i'll download the games. maybe hit a bar. maybe listen on the radio. whatever's clever, really. it's as much about national pride as it is being a part of a tidal wive. other countries are all about their national team. why can't i?

the difference is that it's not life-and-death out here. it's not like the teams we grew up with. what i'm saying is that, when we lose, i won't cry or stab somebody with a broken bottle. this whole thing almost feels like a hobby, really. but that's okay. it'll be a three-week hobby. and even if we don't make it to the round of 16, well, that's okay too.

that's when i pull for italy.

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