Wednesday, May 10, 2006

There's something in the air

The Mars bar has temporarily changed its name to Believe. The red-cross-on-white-background England flag has begun cropping up everywhere, but especially outside bars and on car windows. And newspaper articles have begun obsessing about broken metatarsals and 17-year-old phenoms without work experience, rather than worrying about a near collapse in Tony Blair's Labour government. It must be time for that quadrennial experience known as the La Coupe du Monde de la Federation Internationale de Football Association, known in American English as the Soccer World Cup.

We're a month away from the first games, but the coverage has already reached a fever pitch here on the far side of the Atlantic. This football-mad nation seems to need a constant fix of football--the regular season is wrapping up, with the dizzying number of adjuvant competitions that are sprinkled throughout the regular season. And here we are, kicking off yet another football contest.

England seems to accept nothing but complete victory, which is a shame, since it hasn't won the World Cup since 1966. But here we are, whipping up the frenzy again.

Do you believe? I believe! As long as it's an excuse to go to the pub, I'll believe!


Anonymous Kitkat said...

You ain't seen nothing yet! It's the only time we feel comfortable flag-waving. If we were to win, which isn't likely, even if Rooney was match-fit (see metatarsal), the whole country would go bonkers!

I'm no sports fan but it's difficult not to get caught up in it.

5:24 PM  
Blogger Middle Kid said...

Wow, all this for soccer? Only NBA basketball is that important (the Suns are ahead in the series with the Clippers after beating the Lakers).

8:05 PM  
Blogger cornhuskerblogger said...

cue the Cher music. The funkies have gone all pearshaped for limey-ness.

3:05 PM  
Anonymous pseudonymous in nc said...

Oh, don't forget the crowds who'll be celebrating in Trafalgar Square after any victory.

You really do need to understand how important this is. And it's especially good that it's being held in Europe, since you don't have the ridiculous kickoff times of four years ago.

4:15 PM  

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