George Hale Talks About the World Cup

Updated 3 months ago

THE WORLD CUP MEANS SOCCER MADNESS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD…BUT, NOT EVERYWHERE.

IT IS NO SMALL SECRET THAT THE WORLD CUP IS UNDERWAY IN BRAZIL AND LIKE MOST SPORTING EVENTS IT HAS GENERATED A LOT PRESS AROUND THE GLOBE.

IN SOME PLACES LIFE COMES TO A STANDSTILL AND IN OTHERS IT GENERATES A BIG YAWN.

HERE IN THE UNITED STATES WE ARE CAUGHT SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN.

ON BALANCE MANY AMERICANS SIMPLY DON’T CARE ABOUT THE CUP GAMES, OR MATCHES AS THEY ARE DUBBED.

OFF COURSE THIS DOESN’T SIT WELL WITH MUCH OF THE UNIVERSE WHO THINK WE ARE OUT OF TOUCH.

IF YOU DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT THE COMPETITION IT’S A GRUELING, MULTI-WEEK ORDEAL TO FIGURE OUT WHICH COUNTRY HAS THE BEST FOOTBALL TEAM.

FOOTBALL?

NOW THAT IS STRETCHING THINGS A BIT.

NO, WHAT THEY ARE PLAYING IS SOCCER NO MATTER WHAT FIFA SAYS IT IS.

AMERICAN SCHOOL CHILDREN KNOW WHAT SOCCER IS.

AND SO DO YOU AND I.

ON SATURDAY MORNINGS IT’S A GAME YOU PLAY UNTIL YOU ARE EIGHT OR NINE AND THE DRIVER OF THE VAN YOU ARE IN IS CALLED A “SOCCER MOM.”

FANS WHO WANT US TO CARE POINT OUT SOME INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE GAME.

SOCCER IS THE MOST POPULAR SPORT IN THE WORLD FOLLOWED BY 4 BILLION PEOPLE.

IT’S WORLD WIDE WITH TEAMS FROM EUROPE, AFRICA, ASIA, SOUTH AMERICA AND NORTH AMERICA.

THE CUP, LIKE THE OYLMPICS, ONLY OCCURS EVERY FOUR YEARS AND ATHLETES COMPETE FOR A MONTH TO DETERMINE A CHAMPION.

OTHER POINTS WOULD BE THE FANS NEVER STOP CHEERING, ARE FUN TO WATCH WITH SOME OF THE MOST CREATIVE COSTUMES IN SPORTS.

THE PLAYERS NEVER STOP RUNNING AND KICKING AND ON GOOD DAYS A FEW GOALS ARE SCORED.

OK SO WHY ARE AMERICANS BLASÉ ABOUT THIS SPORT?

FIRST OFF MOST FANS THINK WE ALREADY HAVE A SPORT CALLED FOOTDBALL AND WE HAVE A PASSION FOR IT.

AMERICANS LOVE STARS BUT THERE AREN’T VERY MANY IN THE USA.

WE LIKE GUYS LIKE TOM BRADY, TIGER WOODS, LEBRON JAMES, BIG PAPI AND ON AND ON.

ANOTHER PROBLEM IS THAT AN AMERICAN DIDN’T INVENT SOCCER LIKE WE DID WITH THE AIRPLANE, TELEPHONE AND LIGHT BULB.

WE LIKE BEING FIRST.

NOW THIS REALLY BEFUDDLES US.

AMERICAN SPORTS FANS SIMPLY CAN’T DEAL WITH ALL THE FLOPPIN IN THE WORLD CUP.

THESE HIGHLY TRAINED AND TALENTED PLAYERS FALL DOWN AND PLAY INJURED SO OFTEN THAT THEY SHOULD GETS EMMYS AFTER THE CLOSE OF THE GAMES.

I SAW A PLAYER CARTED OFF THE FIELD ON A STRETCHER JUMP UP ON THE SIDELINE AND RUN BACK ON TO THE FIELD…OK, I MEAN PITCH.

BUT THE REAL REASON THAT TWO IN THREE AMERICANS IGNORE THE GAMES IS THAT WE AREN’T VERY GOOD AT IT.

YES TEAM USA BEAT GHANA THE OTHER DAY.

BUT TO BE FRANK MOST FOLKS THINK WE SHOULD NEVER LOSE TO GHANA IN ANYTHING, INCLUDING CHINESE CHECKERS.

SO THERE YOU HAVE IT.

THE WORLD IS ALL GA GA OVER THIS LONG INVOLVED CUP COMPETITION BUT HERE IN AMERICA OUR OVERALL INTEREST START AND STOPS WITH TEAM U S A.

OUR INTEREST IS IN THE CURRENT BASEBALL SEASON AND KEEPING AN EYE ON THE DOINGS OF REAL FOOTBALL PLAYERS.

HOPEFULLY OUR TEAM BEATS PORTUGAL ON SUNDAY BUT IF NOT THERE WON’T BE A LOT OF MOURNING.

WHEN SPAIN LOST AND WAS ELIMINATED THIS WEEK A TV ANNOUNCER SAID IT WAS A NATIONAL DISGRACE.

REALLY. YOU WANT A REAL DISGRACE?

HOW ABOUT BRAZIL BUILDING STADIUMS ALL OVER THEIR COUNTRY, DISPLACING PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN SHACKS, AND BUILDING ROADS INTO PLACES THAT SHOULDN’T
HAVE ROADS?

NOW THERE IS A DISGRACE.

I WILL CHEER HARD FOR TEAM USA SUNDAY BUT AS FOR THE OTHER TEAMS FROM ALL OVER THE GLOBE I WILL QUOTE ACTOR CLARK GABLE IN GONE WITH THE WIND.
“FRANKLY MY DEAR, I DON’T GIVE A DAMN.”

THIS IS GEORGE HALE WITH MY PERSPECTIVE ON SPORTS.


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