Posts Tagged World Cup 2006

June 14, 2006 – Wrestling vs. World Cup

FIFA World Cup continues, much to the delight of most of my coworkers. My roommates (both Americans) and I decided to give World Cup another try after suffering through an incredibly boring England vs. Paraguay game the other night. Tonight’s game was Spain vs. Ukraine, which we did our best to watch until we learned that there was Japanese women’s wrestling on another channel. Not just any women’s wrestling: hardcore women’s wrestling!

Finding this new program led us to a choice:

  • Continue to watch 22 men mostly standing still pass a ball to each other while the crowd sang football songs
  • Watch two terrifying Japanese women stab each other in the head with forks and then beat up the ref who tried to stop them

It was an easy choice. Wrestling > World Cup

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June 9, 2006 – World Cup is BORING

The FIFA World Cup is on now. Since we have a lot of British teachers, the World Cup is a regular topic of conversation in the teachers room. Tonight I was invited to watch my first ever World Cup game, England vs. Paraguay, with coworkers. It was BORING! SO VERY BORING!

I’m sure the soccer / football fans out there are warming up their fingers to type a blistering message about how a maple sucking puck slapper (Canadian) like me could never understand “The Beautiful Game”; this may be true. Soccer is a widely played game in Canada, but rarely at the professional level. I can appreciate how passionate people get about the game, especially when national pride is on the line, but the game we watched was simply not exciting soccer. At all. Even the most tea swilling, Union Jack wearing, fish and chips eating Brits in our group ended up apologizing and saying that the game wasn’t much fun to watch. They did keep telling me that World Cup is usually a lot more exciting.

The whole experience reminded me of the episode of The Simpsons where a major international soccer game is played in Springfield and everyone gets bored after about 30 seconds. Unlike Springfield, we didn’t have a riot.

At least I got a chance to hang out and drink a few beers while eating some really good spicy miso potato chips. Yum!

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