July 23, 2014 Leave a comment
Play these videos together, but mute the second one.
Established 1992. Worth reading since 2012.
July 13, 2014 Leave a comment
The final installment, and we’ve come full cirlce.
That’s all could really do when the final whistle blew in the Belgium game. We were beaten by a good team – a team that could’ve locked the game away earlier had Super Timmy Howard went into God Mode. But there’s absolutely nothing to be ashamed about. 31 teams will be eliminated when this is all over. And if you’re one of them, what matter is the impression you make.
Unlike 2010, I watched just about every qualifier the USA played leading up to this World Cup. I saw what this team went through to get to play just 4 more games in Brazil. Every lineup. Every debut. Every audition. Every last chance. So to see them go home after losing against Belgium is a bummer, but there’s so much more to be happy about. The USMNT played every game with blood and thunder, never-say-die football. Always playing for each other. No diving. No shitty “gamesmanship.” Sometimes the USMNT isn’t studded with individuals talents, but it’s a team. And that’s something they do better better than just about any other team in the world.
After we were placed in the “Group of Death,” nobody gave us a chance of advancing to the knockout round. But we did. We exorcised the Ghana demons. We were seconds away from knocking Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo’s sculpted bronze ass out of the World Cup. And somehow, we made a loss feel like a win against Germany. 4 points. 4 glorious points to escape Death and do what nobody thought we could.
So I’d just like to take a second and address a few people off the top of my head:
July 1, 2014 Leave a comment
ESPN keeps bumping Jack White for the World Cup coverage. Not that I have problem with that.
“Seven Nation Army” has been the unofficial soccer anthem since at least Euro 2008;
June 24, 2014 Leave a comment
There’s a Carlos Santana collaboration version of this song out there. I’m not saying it’s bad. I’m just saying that I listened to it once and refuse to listen to it ever again.