It's Not Too Late to Jump on U.S. Soccer Bandwagon
Tomorrow's rematch vs. Ghana offers the chance for more of the same. Far more, really . Instead of being played at the crack of dawn on a weekday, it will be held at 11:30 on Saturday. You don't even have to make excuses to enjoy a beer with the game. If this isn't the most-watched U.S. soccer game in history, I'll be surprised. And disappointed.
There's a bit of pride in packing a bar at 7 a.m. or rising at the marvelously silly hour of 3 in the morning to watch a game (which we did back in '02 when the U.S. beat Mexico in the second round). A truly great soda commercial on Spanish-language TV at the time tapped right into this feeling by depicting bleary eyed soccer fans biking to a pal's apartment at the crack of dawn to watch ballgames (and drink soda, of course).
But it's time to give up that exclusive pride. It's time for U.S. soccer to cease being the passion of an elite cadre of fanatics holed up in front of TV screens at ungodly hours and instead become something much bigger.
I am willing to share my seat. There is plenty of room on this bandwagon. Won't you join us?