The Beautiful Month

I’ve posted about this major event before, but with so many fantastic things going on at once, I thought today would be a great day to remind all of you that the World Cup has started! 

 “Meh,” you say. “We’re Americans, we don’t watch futbol, we watch football.” OK, I get that for most of you it is called soccer, and it’s played by your kids on Saturday mornings. But stay with me and I’ll explain why you should check out futbol, and today is a great day to start. 

Team USA plays their first game today against Ghana (5 p.m. Central). Our odds of winning the Cup are really slim, so today is a great day to cheer for the home team. (They may not make it past the first round.) Of course it helps that the home team looks like this:

(Stay with me and you’ll see a trend here)
Yes, our hometown boys are hotties and all that eye-candy on the pitch (field) makes it so much nicer to ease yourself into “the beautiful sport”. It also helps that unlike football, futbol uniforms (kits) allow for optimum viewing of the beautiful players.

Now that I have your attention, let’s go over some of the other teams worth watching.

And they all have French accents (le sigh)

They won their first game against Honduras yesterday, which sets them (and us) up for a can’t-miss match with Switzerland on Friday. While they are not slated to win the Cup, they should make it to the second round (especially if they keep playing like yesterday). 


They won the last World Cup and I thoroughly enjoyed each and every game they played, because they can play (in addition to their obvious other skills.)


Another team that should at least make it to round two and do it with style. Their first game was against Italy and it was as beautiful as your are imagining. (They lost, but I’m not giving up hope). 

Truthfully I could go on and on with pages and pages of visual arguments as to why you should add World Cup games to your DVR list. Or even better, find a local pub with the games on the big screen and meet other futbol fans. Today’s the day to become part of this beautiful world party.


Guinness and Donuts

Saturday was the season opener of EPL (English Premier League) Soccer – better known as pub season at our house.  From now through May its Saturday or Sunday mornings with the rest of the Arsenal fans at the Brass Door in downtown Memphis.  It’s Guinness and donuts season again (Woo Hoo!)

I have never been a sports fan.  When my parents visited me in college my dad asked how our football team was doing.  I didn’t know we had one. (I found out we did have a team when they threw a party, however, after some big guys pushed me out of line for the keg, any interest I had in the team was over.)

So how and why did I become a dedicated soccer (football to the rest of the world) fan?  Let me see if I can explain using a visual aid:

The 2010 World Cup got my attention.  I liked that it is a world-wide phenomenon.  In my other (paying) job I work with people from all over the world so it gave me an easy ice breaker with almost anyone.  I liked the fans.  They were all crazy for their teams, but the fans from the more passionate countries (Italy especially) were hysterical to watch.  When their team scored you would think they had just witnessed the birth of a child and when they lost, they looked like they might throw themselves on a sword to end their agony.  Even the usually staid Brits really let loose at soccer matches.  The Irish, who are not know for winning lately, take celebration to a whole new level when they do win.  And I liked . . . 

. . . the fact that you could see the players. Unlike American football with its protective, but fugly uniforms, you can actually see the players which in this case, is a good thing (a very good thing).  The field is huge, the periods are long and these beautiful athletes are in amazing shape because they are running almost the entire time.

If I’ve got your attention and you’d like to see more, now is a great time to start following the sport.  Not only is it the beginning of a new season, but the world (literally) is gearing up for the World Cup in 2014.  Our hometown boys, Team USA, is currently leading their division and should qualify to play in Brazil next summer.  NBC is carrying all the EPL games on U.S. TV.  So choose a team (Arsenal for me, so much eye candy), find a pub showing the games, pick up and box of donuts and join me for  . . . 

I just couldn’t resist throwing in a few more pics.