The couple weeks ago I came home and heard some noise in my living room so went over to see what was going on. I was shocked and dismayed at what I saw: my parents sitting together on the couch completely into the World Cup game.
I felt so confused and generally uneasy. My parents have never in their lives expressed any remote interest in soccer! lol Why on earth were they so into the game? The I glanced at the TV and saw little green jerseys and the sportscaster was speaking Spanish in a very interesting omnipotent tone. After I grilled my parents about their horrifying behavior, I began to think about the whole soccer craze.
As I drove through the city earlier that day there were tons of people waving Mexican flags and standing in corners cheering. I felt like I was on another planet. Just WHAT was going on. Oh that’s right, my ethnic concentrated little city (informal segregation, of sorts) was made up mostly of Mexicans. Like…people from Mexico that moved here. Okay, so I just want to put it out there: I love Mexicans. Heck, even my parents are Mexicans. I’m down with the “raza” and I love tacos, enchiladas, and carne asada. hahahaha Okay, okay…so I don’t really have a problem with soccer and people being excited about a sport they love or having a sense of patriotism or nationalism or ethnic empowerment (or whatever it is that drives people to stand on street corners waving their flags), I just find it interesting that it’s soccer that causes all this commotion.
I watching footage about the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa, there’s a lot of messages about unity and coming together as one people: We are Africa. You can see many different countries from across the world come together and interact peacefully (keeping my fingers crossed). But what I’m wondering is: really?? SOCCER is what brings the world together? [And when it’s not soccer is the Olympics.] Why is it always sports? Why can’t we have a world effort to eliminate hunger or extreme poverty or I don’t know…WAR. I realize I’m getting a little political and hippie here, but c’mon.
I guess it’s great that there is something that brings people together, even if it is soccer (football). The message of unity and acceptance or even tolerance is great. I just wish we could also come together to help people around the globe. You know what? I’m going to do something about it! I’ve always wanted to start an organization to help others, I’ve just never had the funding. I want to develop something in the next few years. I know that people can come together peacefully and work hand in hand for a common goal. (Get it? Goal? GOOOOOAAAL!) 😛
As you may know, I’m generally an optimistic person. And this whole World Cup craze was no exception: perhaps I can stop being cynical and angry and find some good in all of the crazy heterosexual sports madness. And I did…MEN. Good LORD! These soccer players are sexy! If you note the picture above, hottie Cristiano Ronaldo is like the poster child for soccer sex appeal.
Slovenia’s national soccer team members walk across the tarmac upon the team’s arrival at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday, June 7, 2010. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Who knew Slovenia had such hotties. Okay, so maybe this whole soccer thing isn’t so bad. I have realized despite everything else, there’s a worldwide selection of eye-candy! Many different flavors. International Yum.
You can find all the pictures in this post and other great shots here.