It was interesting to see Switzerland become like a South American country yesterday when they played another world cup game. the country basically stopped. I was lamenting getting to swim later than normal, which would put me in that time of day when the evening rush would happen. While the new facility is really a nice design feat, for some reason, the practical use and application of the space suffered a bit. You have two lanes for swimming laps and the rest appears to be a free for all of sorts.
As I got to the pool, I feared perhaps I missed closing time, as I was one of the few people there. It was an odd feeling, having an entire Olympic pool to oneself, but I enjoyed the odd quiet and solitude of swimming mindless laps, of which, I am sure I appear to be more like a buffalo trying to swim.
Then I remembered there was a football game for Switzerland. What is amazing is how such a small country produced a team that made it so far into the tournament. They did it by playing as a team, as technically and athletically, I don’t think man for man they really were on par with the other nations they played, but they demonstrated how a “team” that plays as one, will usually beat far better equipped groups with loads of talent.
I watched the USA game later and finally got a glimpse of how football (or in America) soccer is played. It is an interesting sport that with the exception of the people falling down and saying they got hurt every time they were touched really was fun to watch.
There was the headline of “how long will the USA love affairs with soccer last?” The question had me laugh. i thought, “It will last as long as the attention span of bandwagonism of short term gratification allows.”
As an ignorant football fan, I congratulate the Swiss and USA teams for going as far as they did.
As an ex American football player, I have to wonder how much those header things hurt the brain?