Saturday, June 12, 2010

World Cup

I've said before that my husband totally lucked out when it came to marrying a woman who is into sports. For real. I am at least as big of an NFL fan as he is--maybe even bigger. I love myself some National Football League. I like baseball, basketball, and a large number of Olympic sports. I even found myself at a hockey game last year and, while I really had no clue what was going on, it sure was fun watching all the fights break out.

But, unfortunately for my poor husband, during the World Cup I turn into a total cliche wife. I don't ask him to turn it off because he doesn't make me turn off football when the third three hour game of a Sunday begins. But I just don't understand why anyone would waste an afternoon watching a ball sail back and forth 8,000,000 times. But right now I'm watching the United States play England. (I'm fairly certain those are the teams and it pains me that I am so clueless because I don't like being a regular wife. I thrive on my sports knowledge which, where soccer is concerned, is tremendously lacking.) Troy had to run to the hardware store so I'm keeping tabs on the game. A commercial just came on and the narrator said, "All over the world, soccer is almost a religion." And I made a face that somewhat resembled the faces I make when I'm throwing up.

Soccer is boring. It's back and forth, back and forth, back and forth and once, maybe twice, in a game someone scores. My dad used to say the same thing about swimming. "How can you go back and forth so many times and not go crazy?" He'd ask me. I guess the love of the sport is in the eye of the beholder. Don't get me wrong, I admire what those athletes can do. I think they are amazing. I'd die if I had to run two lengths of that field and they do it, well, back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. OH MAN! THE TV JUST SAID FIFA WORLD CUP! And they said it, "Fee-fa" and here I've been pronouncing it in my head like, "F-eye-fa." This is so embarrassing.

Anyway. I'm trying to understand the rules. I'm trying not to loathe and despise it. My husband loves soccer. His whole family practically lives and breathes it. My kids will probably love it, play it, excel at it. And I will sit on the sideline screaming for someone to bloody score because the boredom will be killing me slowly.

So, go United States! If that is in fact you wearing the blue...


  1. I'm with you. Completely. My dad and I were just discussing that we don't get it. He said he went to a World Cup game awhile back and he didn't get it then was tied 0-0 the entire game and he said, why would you run around for so long if no one is even scoring? LOL. I don't get soccer either. I love other sports but soccer? Not so much.

  2. I'm American. Therefore I don't like hockey or soccer.

  3. Yeah I don't like soccer either. But I like hockey. Which is funny because they are kind of the same. But it's just cooler on ice. No pun intended.

  4. i'm not a soccer fan in the sense that i don't watch it, but i'm a fan of the game and the idea of it. soccer is nearly a universal, community sport. the only equipment needed is a ball and you can't play alone. it brings people, sometimes entire nations, together. when some countries send teams, they are sending their heroes and with them, their collective hope. watching or listening to the games provides a break from the day-to-day business of life, which for most people on this planet, is working tirelessly just to survive. and most of the athletes aren't playing for the endorsements and aren't divas (sorry, just saw part of kobe's post-game interview so i have his pained face in my mind). soccer seems to capture all the best things about sports.

  5. Oh, dear Lori, this is the first (and likely only) time I will disagree with you.
    World Cup is the BEST!!!!! Even though I don't think the US should be in it. USA doesn't "do" soccer right.
    That said, I am an addict. With a HUGE new crush on the goalie from New Zealand. It's more about the countries against each other. That;s why its only every 4 years.
    And sooooo worth the wait!!!