June 16, 2010


The Washington Post's Norman Chad thinks that the USA soccer team ought to just fold -- and then cheer on others at the World Cup:

I love the World Cup. And I love America -- it's my home town! But I would not love to see America win the World Cup.

Frankly, we don't need another feather in our already overstuffed cap. And considering soccer is the world's game -- and most of the world is at odds with America at any given moment -- I think it might be a nice idea for Uncle Sam, in an effort to promote world harmony, to lay down in South Africa.

Americans are a pretty xenophobic lot when, in truth, we're the ones who provoke an intense dislike. Most of the world does not threaten us; rather, most of the world is terrified by us. We're a little too big, a little too rich and a little too powerful and, every once in a while, we muscle up and flex our military might in foreign lands.

There is much fear and loathing of America elsewhere. We seldom imagine what it would be like if the Army boot were on the other foot.

Outside of American borders, others are tired of us dictating our way of life, tired of us exporting Adam Sandler everywhere, tired of us winning. I empathize, and this time around, I'm willing to root for the others.

Except, Norm, that this World Cup is being played for the first time on the African continent, and Africans have the highest regard for the United States compared to any other place in the world. Maybe this is the one sporting event the US ought to try to do well in, eh?


Posted by Hube at June 16, 2010 09:08 AM | TrackBack

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Missing the point entirely. Sports != politics. Sports are just that. They may hate us for our politics but they love us in soccer b/c we're the underdog and possibly a spoiler in the second round. They know we're not going to win and they love us for it. If, however, we ever do win, they will *really* hate us for winning.

Posted by: Duffy at June 16, 2010 11:45 AM

Who's missing the point -- me or Norm?

Posted by: Hube at June 16, 2010 12:18 PM

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