What You're Saying About the World Cup

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Two weeks down, three weeks of wall-to-wall World Cup madness to go! New Yorkers from all over the world are cheering on their teams, with or without a vevuzela. Our home team USA matches up against Slovenia on Friday morning.  In anticipation of that game, we've pulled together some of your thoughts on the World Cup.

Date: June 17, 2010, 11:51 am

While I normally just listen to WNYC all morning long (of course), I’ve been actually turning on the tube to catch the morning game while I get ready for work and feed the kids. I keep the sound off – just have it on the screen so I can keep tabs on the game.

Mitchell Kornfeld
Date: June 16, 2010, 6:20 pm

Always like to see what the team from my home country, the good old U.S. of A., is doing in whatever sport, but as far as soccer goes, as a Rangers fan, all I see is slow motion hockey with bad acting. Every time one of these guys gets touched they go down. If you try that in hockey you get penalized for delay of game. And what’s with those annoying noisemakers anyway?

Date: June 16, 2010, 2:31 pm

Watched England v U.S. with in a packed, Scots-American Club in Kearny, NJ. Crowd was pro U.S. and they were die-hard educated fans. Scarves were held up during the national anthem and the enitre hall was in full voice. I thought the floor would give way when we scored. It was absolutely fantastic to deny the England team a couple of points. A win would have been sensational. Can’t compare it to going to see a franchize sports team.

Date: June 14, 2010, 3:38 pm

As a Pakistani-American student studying in Heidelberg, Germany, I was already pretty global in 2004. But when I watched the European Cup that summer, surrounded by international students from all over the world, out on the giant screen set up in the courtyard of our dining hall for summer evening soccer-watching, I felt a sense of connection. Though my German friends mostly rooted for other European countries (at this point, prior to the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the Germans I knew were still self-effacing and unwilling to acknowledge any feelings of nationalism), I rooted for Germany all the way….and still do!


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