So, apparently there’s some basketball game going on today or something? I keep hearing people chattering about it, and it was even on NPR in the morning. So I guess it must be significant. All I can say is thank god we only hear about basketball a few days out of the year. I’d much rather hear about the World Cup.
Both sports, basketball and soccer/football, have negative associations with me, actually. My parents forced me to play soccer for years, and it was aweful. I was never athletic. Looking back, it still frustrates me that my parents made me play, although the dynamic of the frustration has evolved a little. When I was younger, I just hated that they made me do something I sucked at. They thought that, in order to be normal, I needed to be good at math and play sports. Many years, lots of therapy, and tons of drinking later, it still bugs me a bit. I just don’t understand how they didn’t understand their son. But this is something I don’t understand about parents in general. I guess I’m open minded, but if I have kids I look forward to encouraging them in whatever direction they go, rather than making them miserable to fit some preconceived notion of normal. I think what gets me about it now, is that they kept pushing and pushing, and clearly I was not a normal child, and yet they just kept pushing. Couldn’t they see it wasn’t working? I digress.
Basketball. I actually tried at basketball, briefly. It didn’t go well, and anyway it was right before I got into music, so I don’t think of it much. Except to say, fuck basketball.
Anyway. I’m actually excited that Americans are paying the World Cup some mind, and I’m pretty annoyed at the xenophioc (mostly) conservative assholes who are trying to make a stink about it. Guess what, America: you could stand to be a little more worldly. We don’t get all snotty about the olympics. Why do we get snotty about the World Cup?
I loaded up the FIFA site and tried to understand the brackets, but couldn’t make much sense of it, except to see that apparently Argentina is whooping some ass. And the U.S. might be about to get our asses whooped in our next match.
Anyway, people, stop being so uptight and love the World Cup a little. Soon enough we’ll be back to watching the Orioles suck, and in the fall, well the Ravens might have an amazing season this year if all goes well.
Don’t be like our friend Sad Keanu here. Cheer up a bit.