Jesus. Let’s not go overboard here. (I just now saw the ad for Imperioli’s new series on ABC. Imagine that.)
What I’m waiting really for is for someone to recognize that this whole thing is not about the sport of soccer (fútbol) really at all, but about a country that is no shit desperate to come back together over something, if anything. We need to share and cheer with our friends and neighbors again. It’s the summertime…almost the 4th of July…and we want to be able to talk about something at backyard barbecues that is of national interest other than the President or the Tea Party or whatever, which is always eventually a downer anyway. Trust me, a year from now American soccer will be back to where it has always been, somewhere slightly above the Westminster Dog Show and below the National Spelling Bee in televised appeal. For instance, the neighbor kid next door who has played soccer his entire life, is out shooting hoops right now as I write this, which is in the middle of the first half against Ghana. This country is getting ready to go through more heated political and social battles about climate change and unemployment and immigration reform, so let’s enjoy the World Cup in America for what it really is…a patriotic national experience.
For example, the most awesome version of the National Anthem I have seen in a long, long time: