I’ve caught the World Cup fever, and the only cure: more vuvuzela! And it looks like I am not the
only one. President Clinton has World Cup fever too. Check Bubba celebrating the US victory over Algeria with Carlos Bocanegra and an oat-soda.
Today is the day. No matter what the outcome when the United States takes on Ghana in the first knockout round of the World Cup, the game will be a tremendous experience, as pretty much the entire nation will have our eyes and hearts trained on a television set around 2 o’clock, eastern time. The fact that we all – Red and Blue Americans – came come together behind the Red-White-and-Blue is a rare thing nowadays, and something to be savored.
These games have been so thrilling. I watched all 90+ minutes of Wednesday’s US/Algeria match, and was disheartened as time waned by the notion that US Soccer would again be denied a chance to mix it up in the Sweet 16, especially after so many missed opportunities and poor calls. But then Tim Howard made a great save and immediately fired the ball like an outlet pass in basketball to Donovan, and the fast break was on, culminating in Landon’s put-back goal after the Algerian goalies made yet another incredible save on yet another close range kick from Clint Dempsey. I went bananas, as most of the country did, from what I’ve gathered.
What an amazing sporting event, with these electric finishes. But, in the immortal words of Marty McFly in Back to the Future: Part III: “Why do we have to cut these things so damn close?” I don’t know if I can handle another nail-biter; I’m down to my knuckles already. Let’s get out to a lead for a change today, OK fellas?
And as I’ve mentioned in my previous post on the World Cup, Rivers Cuomo, front-man and driving force behind the great rock band Weezer, is not only a huge soccer fan, but a personal friend of Mr. 91′, Landon Donovan. Anyway, Cuomo and Weezer wrote a song specifically in honor of the 2010 US World Cup squad called “Represent”. It has become something of an anthem for our boys. The new video is below, and it will get you fired up.
So get fired up. This is gonna be a tough match: the “Black Stars” of Ghana are no joke. But our team has a touch of destiny about it, and hundreds of millions of people 100% behind them.
So they’ve got that going for ’em.
U-S-A! All. The. Way.