Monday, June 19, 2006

I was walking in Centerpoint Mall after work and saw something that brought a smile to my face.
In front of an electronics store, a group of people gathered around a television to watch a World Cup game. There was something about this site that brought a sense of peace. Here was a group of strangers who gathered spontaneously to watch a game of Soccer.

There is a lot of people who feel that sports is filled with greedy athletes and corrupt owners. But then, there are things like the World Cup. The tournament brings nations and people together. Suddenly, all the troubles of the world are transferred to a soccer pitch where a dramatic and non-violent battle can take place. Passion and love are perhaps the best words to describe the World Cup. No can escape the realities of this world. But at least we can forget about it for ninety minutes or more.

*The only personal downside is that I don't have a team to cheer for. Canada has a poor Soccer team. The closest team I could support is Poland since I am technically 25% Polish.

The Hek


Billy Ruffian said...

My brother nearly played for Team Canada.

Anonymous said...

You weren't in England, buddy. There was running commentary in the newspapers about Germany's fear of impending soccer riots.

- Mr. Wood

Kirsten said...

Very sentimental Eric. But why not cheer for the Netherlands? or do what I did in the last World cup when you have no one else to cheer for, cheer for the Danish!