Live from the Pearl District

I trekked to the Pearl District—which is what passes for a snooty neighborhood here in the egalitarian Northwest—for the Brasil/Hrvatska (I think I have that right) match, the better to rendez vous with my pal Tom. Luckily, today’s action provided timely reminders—timely after yesterday’s unpleasantness, that is—that the World Cup can make one happy as well as atom-splittingly furious.

ITEM: I show up at On Deck, a crisply corporate sports bar with approx. one billion televisions. One of them is tuned, I kid not, to WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY’S SPRING GRIDIRON SCRIMMAGE. For reals? Anyway, I approach the bar, and ask the fella behind the stick if they’re showing the Brazil game. He looks at me like I’m crazy—a look all American soccer fans are used to, right? But then he says, “Of course.”

ITEM: The place is dead right up to kick off, when this Latino guy I’ve never seen before in my life comes bounding in. This dude is wearing a Madrid jacket WITH a Barcelona patch OVER a Jaguares T-shirt—now that is what I call fucking enthusiasm. He and I give each other a look, and we both just grin. He’s practically dancing in place, he’s so excited.

ITEM: Togo’s goal.

ITEM: Togo’s nickname. Allez Sparrowhawks!

ITEM: Both South Korea goals.

ITEM: Croatian fans.

ITEM: Brasilian fans—especially those two honeys in the Indian headresses. Jogo bonito, indeed.

ITEM: Kaka’s goal.

ITEM: Croatia’s second-half performance.

ITEM: As we walk down the street afterwards, Tom runs into some co-workers from his reasonably fancy firm. “Is anyone at work?” he asks. “Nah,” they say. “Brasil is playing.” Hmm. Maybe the game’s future in this country isn’t entirely dependent on Bobby Convey, after all.

In all, not quite the eruption of glory (ew) some expected, but I’d say Brasil is getting the gears oiled, and that Croatia is likely to paste the Aussies and Japanese to go through. (For a dramatic Round of 16 collision with the United States! HA HA HA!) But a good time was had by all—especially since that France/Suisse game never really happened. Did it?

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About zachdundas

Freelance journalist. Author of The Renegade Sportsman (Riverhead Books). Thank you.
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3 Responses to Live from the Pearl District

  1. Lucas says:

    Another ITEM was Togo’s goal Celebration: that sort of crouched-over gallop thing. Nice.I thought Croatia actually outplayed Brazil – had more and better chances, just failed to put them away; and Kaka’s goal was just ridiculous.

  2. Dan says:

    Hello Dundas and co, There’s a pretty funny off color joke to lead David Hirshey’s analysis of the Brazil game. I know Hirshey is getting to much attention already, especially given the superior quality of this gay sex blog. Nonetheless, go to: http://www.deadspin.com/sports/soccer/hirshey-brazil-stays-mostly-sheathed-180616.php

  3. Not to horn in here, but I pulled together a poll on the best and worst of ESPN’s World Cup broadcasting teams. I’m just curious as to what other folks are thinking while they try to watch the game over all that yammering.

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