Wednesday, June 23, 2010

365 Project - Day 174 - "(Real) Football"

June 23, 2010 - "(Real) Football"

The United States beat Algeria today in South Africa. With that win the US edged out England to take first place in Group C. The result? The United States and England both advance to Stage 2 (the Quarter-Final Round). Algeria and Slovenia are eliminated and go home.

Now the United States must face Ghana. The winner of that match will go on to face the winner of the Uruguay vs. South Korea game in Semi-Final Round.

This is big for U.S. Soccer (um, I mean "football").

I was sneaking in the game online at work when Landon Donovan scored the winning goal with only minutes to go in the game. I was practically screaming... but I couldn't let it out, for fear that I'd get in trouble for watching the game! A co-worker who was home today (and is also a football fanatic) called me in excitement to make sure that I got to see the win.

Perhaps you don't understand it all... Perhaps you "just don't get it"... but trust me, Football (um, I mean "soccer") is just that important! Here in Danbury, especially. A very large part of our city's population hails from Brazil, Portugal and Spain. This past Sunday Brazil beat the Ivory Coast, 3-1. The celebrations downtown were instantaneous. Three people were arrested.

Yes... Football (yes... I mean Football) is just that important!

I'm still on a "high" from the U.S. win today. After dinner I decided to head downtown to Rogers Park to see what was happening on the fields. I wasn't disappointed! There were games going on on both fields. Fathers were teaching toddlers how to pass the ball. Kids were practicing heading. There were jerseys from the national teams of Brazil, Portugal, Spain and Argentina. There was laughter and happiness all around.

Football. It's THAT important!

(Life is good!)

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