A Case Of World Cup Fever
Former US first lady Rosalynn Carter, center, speaks with an Egyptian election official inside a polling station in the Sayeda Aisha neighborhood of Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, May 23, 2012. The Carter Center is in Egypt to monitor the presidential elections. Egyptians went to the polls on Wednesday morning to elect a new president after the fall of ex-President Hosni Mubarak last year. (AP Photo/Thomas Hartwell) / Thomas Hartwell
It's not exactly a delirious, hallucinating, cold sweat in the middle of the night kind of thing, but I do have World Cup Fever.
I have watched more soccer in the last couple of weeks than at any time I can remember, and I find myself cheering wildly just because the goals were so exquisitely executed. The energy and the enthusiasm with which the game is played at this level is intoxicating and contagious.
One of the best parts here in New York, where there is a huge immigrant population, is asking total strangers who they're pulling for in the World Cup. Suddenly you're engrossed in an animated discussion about what a lousy job the Russian ref did in the game between Portugal and the Netherlands on Sunday.
Watching the games and being able to share them with all my newfound friends makes me feel a little closer to rest of the world — like we really do have something in common. Even if it's only football ... I mean soccer.
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By Harry Smith
By Harry Smith