Being raised in the good ‘ol USA almost guarantees one to be a devotee of the major sports. We all know hockey has no business in the conversation. It’s about the Big Three.
Football. Baseball. B-Ball. Always has been. Always will be.
Unless more fans like us are tuning out and turning on to other sports. Hockey, of course, not included. One that very well could be making its long awaited entry into the troika could finally be Futbol.
Because the NBA, except Steph Curry, sucks dog balls.
And it’s boring watching the Yankees win one third of the titles.
As a kid all we knew of soccer was what we learned from our Persian classmate and neighbor who’d school us when the NASL Earthquakes still existed. Paul Child was their star. They wore red uni’s, and when they played Spartan would be a sea of it.
In 1994 the Brazilian team stayed in Lost Gatos but we barely batted an eye. It wasn’t until ’98 when under the bridge in a shack with a bunch of border brothers that we caught the fever. Straining around the radio in between passing the pipa to hear how El Tri was faring. Similar to when we hung with a second generation Chicano who lived down the block and huddled around a cheap transistor to hear the Quakes do battle with the mighty Cosmos.
Without the dope.
Once fair weather World Cup fans, these days we channel surf for soccer. Premier League. The Primera. Even the MLS.
Then there are our neighbors. The New Quakes. Four of them occupy a townhome in our complex and are very nice lads.
When they see us at the curb, puffing on a Pall-Mall, tall Tecate in hand, they always stop and put up with our peppering.
“You guys going to the playoffs man?”
It’s exhilarating to be passionate about a ballgame again. To bleed for the Tri and hate Landon Donovan like we do the Raiders. And to have new heroes, like Chicharito, who excites us the way another number 14, Fouts, did. It is, in fact, “the beautiful game”, and we’re grateful for the new girlfriend we were never aware was right next door.
To replace the two ugly ones.
UPDATE: Chicharito scores again. In the Champions League!!!