After the World Cup: Looking for Reasons to Go On

Anyone who follows me on Twitter (and if you do: thank you! especially if we are not related) knows that I caught full-on World Cup fever. We all did. It was easy in my house, with three sons who play soccer and a husband who somehow always gets talked into coaching. But we were far from the only ones: I knew things were serious when my assistant Ann, who does not follow soccer and whose son never played soccer, made a reference to FIFA recently. I don’t need TV ratings—Ann casually mentioning FIFA is all the evidence I need that soccer has taken hold in America! Woo hoo!!!

And then, of course, there is this amazing photograph of our babysitter, Renata, who is from Brazil. This is a picture of her on the way to watch one of the Brazil games.


No, that’s not her real hair.

But now: despair. After the end of the World Cup, really, how can I get out of bed in the morning? What is there to live for, without Ian Darke whispering sweet nothings in my ear?

But we must go on. And so I am in search of a new, all-consuming interest. Preferably one that will engage my whole family, including boys who would rather not talk to me at all and answer every question with “It was ok.”

• Needs drama, specifically in the form of lots of falling down, sometimes intentionally
• Needs referees who carry around little pieces of colored paper that can alter the course of history
• Needs coaches in suits and ties (with exceptions granted, as to German coach Joachim Low, who looks stylish in his own way, even if his hair does make him look a little bit like Davy Jones, circa 1970)
(And speaking of Low: did anyone notice that he missed a belt loop yesterday?)
• Needs face painting on fanbase. Basically all life events should come with face painting.
• Needs fireworks at conclusion. Ditto.
• Requires attendance of world leaders. (And speaking of world leaders: Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, the president of Argentina. Did she really miss yesterday’s game to go to her grandchild’s first birthday party?!?! Priorities, Madam President!)
(Would Eva Peron have missed the game? Yes, I realize she was not president. Still: doubtful.)
• Needs totally random-seeming, Hand of God-type outcomes. I.e. penalty kicks. Because life is cruel, and we all have to be reminded of that.
• Needs to bring together citizens of the world

Where, oh where, am I going to find this new interest? Unfortunately, my only other interest, Downton Abbey, does not seem to meet any of these qualifications. Plus, it doesn’t start ‘til January.



  1. Linda Laine

    American Ninja Warrior? It fits most of your checked items, and is extremely boy friendly.

    July 14, 2014 at 3:59 pm
  2. Sheila – from Argentina

    LOVE above comment and I could not agree more. My son introduced us to Ninja Warrior back in the days where it was in Japanese and we had to imagine what they were saying (half the fun).
    I too, have had a hard day today, getting over WC Fever. Tried unsuccessfully to stay away from Twitter so it would be easier, but here I am…
    A note on the president of Argentina, she is well known to bring bad luck to every event she attends (“mufa” is the exact term), so perhaps it was suggested she stay home? We did not want a repeat of the Brazil-Germany game, did we?

    July 14, 2014 at 10:45 pm
  3. denizb33

    Hockey! Okay, I know it hasn’t started yet. But if you want maximum level craziness, root for the Montreal Canadiens! Although I guess the Rangers would do in a pinch. Plus you’ve got Wil Wheaton (of Star Trek and Stand By Me and Big Bang Theory fame), who’s a huge LA Kings fan and – ahem – has been known to cheer the team on while wearing a horse’s head. Not sure how that started, but his live tweets are highly entertaining.

    July 15, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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