Before I start this trainwreck, I’m dedicating this blog post to Dan Wagoner, a friend of mine. Not too long ago he referenced me in a blog post, and I told him if I ever created a blog, the first post would be in his honor. In an attempt to be an honorable man, Dan, this Bud’s..ugh…blog’s for you.
I’m attempting to start a blog, though I’m not exactly sure why. Perhaps it’s just a vehicle for self-expression. I’ve often stuck my nose up at blogs, thinking “People have too much time on their hands” or “Do they really think others care about what they have to say?” I’ve come to realize that if it’s a form of self-expression, or it serves a legitimate or practical purpose, then right on! Who am I to judge?
This first post is sure to be worthwhile (not), but I promise I’ll attempt to make these posts worth your reading pleasure. I’m a bit overwhelmed with the options on WordPress, like what themes, fonts, etc, to use. There’s a theme titled “Banana Smoothie.” I certainly enjoy a banana smoothie from time-to-time but probably won’t be choosing that as my theme.
Two thoughts I’ll end with, both relating to a live football (soccer for you Yankees) match on GolTv; Getafe hosting Real Madrid. First, Cristiano Ronaldo just scored off a free kick. Now this isn’t necessarily a surprise considering he’s easily one of the top 5 footballers in the world, maybe even as high as #2 behind Argentina’s Lionel Messi. Seeing goals from Ronaldo excite me for the upcoming World Cup. I’ve come to really love football over the years, not just for the athleticism and competitiveness, but also for what it represents for so many people around the world. I don’t think it’s something that many of us in the United States can quite grasp. Football is much more culturally embedded than most sports here, despite the deep love and passion we have for Peyton Manning, Wheaties, and using vacation days for March Madness. I read a book a few years ago by Franklin Foer, “How Soccer Explains the World.” This is a very good and quick read. If I remember correctly, Foer spent a few years traveling the world researching and gaining an understanding of football’s role in many countries. It’s more than just a sport or entertainment for many. It’s tied to heritage, pride, government, religions, etc. It’s truly fascinating. The sentiments I feel about the World Cup are similar to the ones I feel during the Olympics. It’s great to see competition on a global stage. And with the World Cup, there’s not necessarily a clear-cut, guaranteed dominator, unlike the US Men’s Basketball team. Well, at least prior to 2004 (bronze medal, what?). Yeah, Brazil is always going to be great. After all, they invented ‘Joga Bonita.’ Countries like Spain, Italy, Argentina, England, and Germany are always going to be dominant forces as well. But, you never know when a country like Greece or, dare I say, the US will make a run for the title. After all, the US did beat Spain in the Confederations Cup last summer. Oh yeah, Spain were ranked #1 in the world at the time. It’s March Madness on a global scale.
(Real Madrid is up 3-0 with less than 23 minutes off the clock – ridiculous)
My second thought is related to the sponsorships displayed on football team’s jerseys. Getafe’s kits specifically caught my eye as the logo on their jersey is Burger King. How lame? Real Madrid‘s jersey displays the ‘bwin’ logo. Manchester United, arguably one of the best clubs in the world, don the AIG logo on their jersey. I guess AIG could be worse than Burger King given their recent financial woes, but it doesn’t have the same appeal, or lack thereof. I wonder if we’ll ever see that type of advertising creep into sports here in the US? Granted, there are no commercials or timeouts during the two 45-minute halves in football. To be honest I’m surprised we haven’t seen logos or sponsors used on jerseys in the NFL, MBL, or NBA.
(Cristiano Ronaldo just scored and now they’re up 4-0. He could have killed the goalkeeper with the speed on the ball…seriously).
Perhaps the day will come when my son or daughter is playing point guard for Duke or forward for UNC while also serving as a walking billboard for Panda Express. If only I could be so lucky…