This is a completely gratuitous post and I’m slightly embarrassed to even post it. Slightly. At least not enough to keep me from posting.
Until the United States v. England soccer match I had never before watched an entire professional soccer game. However, when my husband sat down to watch that game, I decided to spend a little time with him and watch it too and I have to admit I’m certainly glad I did. I’m hooked. Matter of fact, yesterday I watched bits and pieces of three games and today I plan to watch at least two.
The reason I’m enjoying the World Cup isn’t because I enjoy the game (although I do) or because I’m a hard core fan (go USA!). I wish my reasons were that noble. It’s simply because of all the very attractive athletes participating in the games (and I’m trying to be polite as I word this piece). Color me surprised when I tuned in and discovered that fact. So far my absolute favorite is Cristiano Ronaldo followed by Landon Donovan and Tim Howard but there are so many others whose names I can’t quite remember.
I dread the fact that teams are now beginning to be eliminated from play because it means there will be less teams to watch and so far I really enjoyed the spirit of the international competition. Although I can’t even pretend to understand all the rules (why do they add minutes to the end of the games?!), I’m learning as I go and I’ve been introduced to a new professional sport. I’m a little envious of those countries where soccer is big. It makes me wish professional soccer were a big deal in the United States because I’m going to miss it when it’s over.