World Cup Bandwagon a Must Ride
Greatest sporting event in the world
By Kevin Meagher
It saddens me to think about the Milwaukeeans who sit at home watching Tiger Woods at the US Open, the Milwaukeeans who are still wasting their time supporting a dead beat baseball team, and the Milwaukeeans who have no idea what a vuvuzela is. The greatest sporting event in the world is going on, and some Milwaukeeans are still refusing to jump on the bandwagon and celebrate soccer’s most prestigious tournament. The World Cup is not only fascinating for die hard fans but it is also a call for celebration, something Milwaukeeans can value. It is an event that is much more deserving of our attention than anything else in sports right now, and if you haven’t yet, it’s not to late to buy yourself a vuvuzela horn and let your soccer freak flag fly.
I could preach about the rest of the world’s love for soccer and the
all seriousness though, are Americans just bitter because the rest of the world
found soccer first? Are we too proud to accept that we’re behind the trends in
sports? Who knows? But the time for excuses is over. The most compelling
sporting event in the world is going on and it’s time we showed some excitement.
Let’s face it, the tournament only comes around once every 4 years, and the
closest thing to an overpowering Yankee or Laker dynasty, is the
Not only are the upsets a great storyline but the level of skill requires a mix of genius and ferocity that is distinct to the sport. Sure, critics might complain about the long low scoring games and dangerously passionate fans, but their arguments are petty for anyone who has ever fully indulged in a match. To fully give yourself to a game is like watching a classic Albert Hitchcock movie. There isn’t a lot of senseless gore and comic book violence like other slasher films, but there is a growing intensity and suspense familiar to anyone who’s seen his films. The longer a soccer game goes scoreless, the more meaningful every play becomes. The suspense escalates with every missed shot or bad pass until each touch of the ball becomes the most important play in the game. Eventually, when that deciding goal is scored you’ll find yourself having been so tightly wound by the suspense that you’re helpless to an inevitable scream to release the tension. “GOOOOOAAAAL!!!!” if your team has scored, or “NOOOOOOO!!” if your team has been scored upon. It is the definition of fanatical at its best.
no wonder why soccer fans are known for their psychotic devotion to the game. With
such high intensity matches it’s difficult to not want to run wild in the
streets. We don’t necessarily need violent riots to celebrate the World Cup in