Soccer fans out there, you know what the summer of 2010 means. This summer is every fans' four-year-long dream. After the 2006 World Cup ended, people immediately looked at the roster and asked which players would be back for the 2010 version. The first friendlies in 2007 were the first opportunities for young players to show they could play a role in the 2010 tournament. Qualification started at the beginning of 2008 and continued through last October. With qualification complete, fans started to speculate about the final 23-man roster Bob Bradley would select.
Now, we're in the final run-up to the cup. According to the pretty count-down tracker available at the top of ESPN's World Cup website, we're 97 days and 18 hours away from the opening match. Since the U.S.A. plays on day two, that means we're just 98 days from the first U.S. Men's National Team match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Holy cow, that's coming up fast!
With the Cup bearing down on us, Hillcrest brokered a deal with his loving wife (the Enforcer). She's a big TV-watcher, with lots of favorite shows. She's also a big soccer fan. Her interest in the game, however, mostly ends after the United States, Argentina (where her dad is from) and Chile (where her mom's family is from). Hillcrest's does not end--anywhere. I would watch every match, every highlight show, read every commentary article (and maybe even write my own).
In recognition of my never-ending appetite for footie viewing and chatter, we've made a deal. Until the World Cup, I don't get to complain about The Kardashians, E! News, Project Runway or any Lifetime movie that captures her interest. Once we reach World Cup time (including the final days in the lead up to the event), the pretty HDTV will be tuned to soccer nonstop. Between game broadcasts, replays, ESPN's nightly review show, Sky Sports on FSC, the daily dose of soccer will be heavy (and awesome).
What do you think of the deal? Have you made a similar arrangement? Would you like to?