When In Rome

soccerI was just reading about the World Cup and which teams are favoured to win, when I realized something. I’ve never played a soccer match. That’s right, I’ve never participated in a single match, not in school, not in a league and not as an adult.

Soccer is the number one participation sport in Canada and both my brothers played in recreational leagues, but I somehow missed out completely. I played tee-ball, hockey and softball, but not soccer. It's hard to believe but it's the absolute truth.

No wonder I don’t care for the sport. It’s as foreign to me as cricket and my home and native land is just as competitive in it Internationally. I don’t love the sport, but for the next few weeks I’m going to be immersed in it as it swamps Toronto. I can fight it and refuse to acknowledge it or I can dive in and enjoy.

When in Rome… Go team go!


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dwr

Probably the best conditioned athelets in any sport - but the game is a cure for insomnia. I'd rather watch a Chess Match.

June 8, 2006 @ 11:44 PM

Al

I'm not a big soccer fan either, and I'll probably only watch my first match well into the elimination round—and even then, I probably won't sit through the entire thing. But it is a fascinating time in Toronto. When you see blue and white-collars taking extended lunches and/or leaving work early to crowd into a cafe on College, or a pub on King to watch Germany vs. Costa Rica. I really enjoy the atmosphere.

June 9, 2006 @ 3:24 PM

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