Thrill of victory, agony of defeat
Work is really interfering with our World Cup viewing. We’ve been trying to watch as many games as possible, and the 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. game times are making it really hard to get much done. But hey, not only does World Cup only come around once every four years, but this has been one of the most exciting and entertaining World Cups in recent memory, with more drama than a Spanish-language soap opera.
It started out with a 5-1 thrashing of Spain (the reigning World Cup Champions) by the Netherlands, and the unexpected rise of tiny Costa Rica as a Central American powerhouse. England, Spain, Italy and Portugal have all been sent home at the end of group play. And then there is the bite seen round the world by Uruguay’s superstar Luis Suarez who obviously never learned to play nice. He’s banned for the rest of the tournament and beyond.
Team USA’s Jozy Altidore pulled a hamstring 21 minutes into the first game and has not played since. Four years of training gone in a single moment. Clint Dempsey’s nose was broken in the same game, but he managed to keep playing. Nigerian midfielder Michel Babatunde’s arm snapped when he absorbed an exceptionally hard-hit ball.
We now understand how your national team can bring you to tears, after the Yanks gave up a goal to Portugal in the last 20 seconds of stoppage time, resulting in a tie rather than the win that would have sent them straight through to the knock-out round rather than in via the back door (see below). Two Ghanaian players were expelled from that team for fighting with members of the team management before the start of their third game, which Ghana lost to Portugal, which sent Team USA into the knockout round despite losing their last game to Germany by a score of 1-0. Are you still with us? Anyway, thank God we don’t publish a July 15th issue of the Kenwood Press so we can now watch TV work-free and guilt-free.
To reiterate, there is no July 15th issue of the Kenwood Press. We’ll all be back in the office by July 21, and the next Kenwood Press will arrive in your mailbox on Aug. 1.
And one more reminder, summertime means that it’s time for our annual photo contest, “Pictures with the Press.” The deadline for entries is Aug. 22, and the only requirement is that the KP has to be somewhere in the picture.
Now go out and play!