It’s been a long time since I arranged my day around a soccer game. But I’m making sure my usual Saturday routine (exercising, running errands, taking Bernie to the dog park so he can run around with his canine pals) is done by 2:30 today, so I can watch America in the World Cup’s second round.
I know soccer can be boring, yada yada yada. I’m hardly a huge fan of the sport. But come on, this U.S. team has the power to unite us, and as Pearlman pointed out on his blog, it’s not often America gets to be the underdog anymore. We’ve been a soccer nation that’s been far, far behind the rest of the world for decades, and only lately are we starting to catch up.
Should we beat Ghana today (and there’s a phrase I never thought I’d write), America would be in the quarterfinals, with the big boys .
To get you ready, two clips, one audio, one video. First, here’s the great Univision announcer Andres Cantor, with his call of Landon Donovan’s goal against Algeria Wednesday:
And then, another, beautifully-made video compiling some of the best reactions to the U.S. winning goal: Truly, sports brings us together:
**Yeah, this one was too funny to pass up. Mother Jones magazine sent a reporter to the Gulf of Mexico to report on the oil spill. The reporter, Mac McClelland, was able to go a few places other reporters weren’t, places BP didn’t want anyone to see.
One thing McClelland saw? Thousands of oil-soaked paper towels on the beach.
Really? Paper towels are being used now? What, we couldn’t get a giant sponge? I just hope they were Bounty. Rosie would be so proud to know how her product helped her country: