Americans’ Tolerance for World Cup Soccer: Low?

There’s been an absence of proper posts of late, for which I somewhat apologize. I’m busy editing a larger piece of work, the World Cup takes up every spare moment, and the major piece I had been hoping to post this week, the latest music mix for All Hopped Up and Ready To Go, has run into some logistical problems that I hope will be fixed in a couple of days.

So, just as two Fridays ago, I’ll let my Internet-savvy 14-year old supply today’s post. It’s funny, but it’s only partly true. The USA-England game was watched by 17 million people in the States, and while that’s a drop in the ocean compared to the SuperBowl, it’s more than any of the first four games in the NBA final play-offs taking place this past week. And while most Americans don’t think it’s a stupid game, either, at the same time, I don’t have any American friends up here banging down my door to watch today’s game against Slovenia, the way that I know my local British dads have all planned to take the afternoon off for the game against Algeria. Let’s hope the USA can get three points today (and England too for that matter) to help inspire a greater degree of everyday fanatacism and that Campbell can forward me an equally amusing jpeg or video for next Friday too.


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2 Comment(s)

  1. jamie R - Auctioneer

    18 June, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Tony as a fellow ex-pat (from Scotland) I enjoy supporting routing the USA. I am mystified with friends here who have been here over 20 years, have US wives and US kids and who still don’t want to get behind the US team. They remind me of the Scotland I used to watch in the late seventies and in the eighties and early nineties. Dodgy defending allied to a lot of heart and a good front-line. If not for the ref we would have witnessed one of the best comebacks in WC history. I feel sorry for my English friends. Their performance had me perplexed at how a team who scored the most goals in qualification and who swept their opponents aside at that stage could play so badly. I think Rooney is carrying an injury but that was no excuse for a truly terrible performance.

    I know you haven’t done many music posts recently but what do you think of Steve Mason’s “Boys Outside” and Paul Weller’s “Wake Up The Nation”. I think the latter might be the best of his career period. Amazing energy and innovation from a 52 yr old and I love the way he does so many styles with all those psychedelic touches in the background and with the energy of the Jam. The collaboration with Simon Dine should continue. Don’t know if you have listened to the new Chemical Brothers either (it’s currently streaming on NPR). In my humble opinion a return to form and better for having no guest vocals. It really hangs well as an album and at time reminds me of nineties Orbital which is no bad thing.

    All the best,


  2. 20 June, 2010 at 4:16 pm


    Always good to hear from you. Seems like the two of us typically have much in common. I remain similarly baffled by my friends here in Woodstock who have lived here as long as me, have their American wives and kids and barely know what’s happening with the US team. They seemed genuinely surprised that I showed up for the USA-ENgland game supporting both teams. Right now, I’m much more proud of my adopted country than my home one. At least they’re playing like they mean it.

    Agree with you on the Weller album. I’ve enjoyed the energy greatly. Have heard much good things about the Chemical Brothers and did not know it was on First Listen. Will head to it to check out.



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