Soccer [Futbol!] Is the New Olympics.
Did you know that Mexico is ranked fourth in the world in soccer?* I didn't, until tuning in to see the Mexican team dismantle Iran (ranked 23rd) in their World Cup opener yesterday. As I was watching, getting swept away--as always--with World Cup fever, it occured to me that this is the only truly international sporting event. The Olympics, which lay claim to that title, is a farce of competition. The only countries with a real shot at winning more than a few medals are those who have the resources to dump millions into athlete development. The results represent economic, not athletic excellence.
But soccer is truly the only international sport (how many kids pine to throw the discus?). All countries are mad about it (except the US, who is, incidentally, getting beat by the Czech Republic as I write this), and every kid in the world wants to grow up to be the next
Having watched the marvelous Omar Bravo yesterday, I find myself rooting for Mexico. But I haven't gotten to see Ronaldinho yet.
*Football, futbol, etc.