The 2010 World Cup just opened Friday night local time and everyone’s been posting crazy about it on Twitter and Facebook.
So, in the spirit of the games, and also because everyone around me just won’t shut up about it, and also because I’m a sports geek, I rolled my eyes and decided what the heck okay I’ll just join the frakking bandwagon. Whatever. It will not make me less of a Storm fan or whatever, right?
So, anyway we completely missed the whole Opening Ceremonies because of office thingamajigs but eh … whatever. We tried to watch South Africa think they almost won it over Mexico but Marquez’s goal in the 79th minute just evened the score at 1-1. SA’s Mphela had a chance to take the lead and the game minutes before the final whistle but hit his shot off the left post. Argh — draw #1 for the night.
Siphiwe Tshabalala scored the first goal of the 2010 World Cup that gave the hosts the lead early in the match.
Photo by Sekretarev (AP)
South Africa’s post-goal dance was almost too hilarious to ignore.
Photo by Ian Vogler
Too bad Mexico scored. Haha.
Photo by Arias (AP)
The rest of my buddies got their brains eaten by (no, not zombies) that Super Mario World game in Wii so they spent the whole break between the SA-MEX game and the France vs Uruguay game screaming their hearts out over Mario, Luigi, and a bunch of mushrooms as they went through maze after maze and world after world.
I sat at the side re-watching the last Seattle Storm game where they beat the LA Sporks again. As much as I kept thinking it was because they were awesome and all that but what if it was just because of Key Arena being a fortress or whatever or because most of the West just plainly suck at this point in the season?
I love how we’re 9 and 1 right now and on top of the league and almost everyone in the starting lineup are up there in the statistical categories [Birdy in (1) AST, LJ in (4) PPG, Vesela in (1) FG%, Camille in (1) Steals — tied with Catchings, Swin in (#) in 3PG% or something, etc] but I would rest better if we just get to play Chicago again and beat them and call our 1 loss a fluke haha. Also, we ought to face CT and IND and NY and beat them too. Only then and there will everything will be alright in my world.
I know, I drive a hard bargain. I hope Brian Agler does too. I would love to see this team go 33 and 1 or something. Wishful thinking? I think not, considering how the team is playing right now. And oh, I’m sure the law of average could catch up on them and they’d (God forbid) stumble in a few games in the future but … uhm … yeah, as long as they keep at this level of intensity and energy and awesome awesome chemistry, they could definitely smoke most teams in the league.
They just have to stay healthy though. Oh gosh, LJ, please stay healthy, okay?
And well, stay happy, just like this, yeah?
Photo by Aaron Last (Storm Photos)
I tried staying up for the France vs Uruguay game but I fell asleep about 15 minutes into the first half. Oh well. Found out later it was a o-0 draw haha. As if I care.
The next night, I tried to stay up for the USA-England match but once again, I fell asleep. Gaad, I must be getting old. I used to wake up at the crack of dawn whenever the Storm would make the trip east during the previous years.
USA and England finished with a 1-1 draw, by the way. I’m too lazy to find out which player scored and which keeper made a blunder.
Germany vs the Socceroos later. I almost have a soft spot for all Aussie national teams because of LJ, Tully, Penny Taylor, and the rest of the Opals but whatever, it’s still Germany!
Brazil doesn’t play until Wednesday 230AM local time.
The Storm will go to Indiana and face a 5-4 Fever team with Tamika Catchings, Tully Bevilaqua, and Katie Douglas.
Go Storm! Go 10 and 1!