1. If you didn’t get a bang out of that US/Algiers game you’re either dead inside or an Algerian. (Actually, I learned this weekend from a Syrian friend that the Arab nations tend to band together to cheer for whichever Arab team is still standing in the World Cup, so in reality there were a lot of sad non-Algerians yesterday.) That game was pure magic. The frustration level of the first 91 minutes only made the eventual goal that much sweeter.
I find this US team very likable. Landon Donovan seems like a bit of a weenie, but he’s good at kicking the ball into the net, so he’s okay by me. I have a love/hate thing going on with Jozy Altidore. I love to fire and re-hire him dozens of times in a single game.
It’s fun cheering for a sport you know nothing about. I feel like I’m getting back to my roots.
2. The best thing about the US team is that they’re good enough to cheer for, but not so good that I’ll be devastated when they get eliminated. They’re just right.
3. Italy and France + soccer = me cackling
4. I’m pretty bummed that we’re playing Ghana on Saturday. Ghana was the team that really jumped up and grabbed me by the heartstrings during the first week of matches. It’s sad that one of my two favorite teams will now eliminate the other. Obviously, I need to choose a few more teams to root for so I don’t find myself adrift in a sea of teams I care nothing about.
5. I didn’t watch the NHL Awards because I respect myself too much to put myself through that ordeal again (fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice? I should just kill myself), but by all accounts the show was less painfully awkward than usual. Good work, NHL.
6. Hooray for Miller and Myers! Darcy, please sign at least one respectable “top six” forward for them. Also, you might want to begin working on how you’re going to trick Tyler Myers into signing a lifetime contract. He won’t be a baby for much longer. Soon he’s going to require big boy money.