There has been a LOT of debate on our Facebook page at http://facebook.com/929thegame and on our Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/929thegame about why soccer is great, why soccer sucks, etc, etc, etc for the last week.
But you HAVE to admit, the last 5 minutes (well, 9 minutes if you included that weird over time 5 minutes) of the match between the USA and Ghana on Monday night was, well, exciting to say the least.
I do not fancy myself a huge soccer fan. Nor does my mother. But since she was in town visiting and the game was on we thought we’d watch the second half of it.
And I can officially say, yep, I got sucked in to the action. It was intense, althgough most of the time I did not know what was going on as far as game plan. I think part of the reason I enjoyed it so much was that I watch it on the channel with the Spanish speaking announcers.
And I speak little to no Spanish.
The drama in their voices, their intonation and simply the passion they put into the calls are unmatched. English speaking, at least ones from this country, anouncers now sound like robots to me. I must confess I did switch over once the clock reached 90 minutes and game did not end. I HAD to find out what was happening and why we weren’t being declared the winner at the 90 minute mark.
Did I jump off my couch when Brooks put that ball into the net off of his head for the lead?
Did I jump again when the match finally did end and we had won?
might I start watching more USA soccer from time to time?
Only hours earlier I had been at RiRa Irish Pub on Peachtree St with my coworkers getting geared up for the game. I couldn’t help but imagine the explosion of sound and arms in the air when Brooks scored that goal. And then thought about that happening in thousands, if not tens of thousands, of places around the country.
Here are some of the best reactions from around the country:
(Video credit: http://www.youtube.com/Polymerizations)