U-S-A! U-S-A! Victory in Ohio. The U.S. has been doing really well in Columbus. I think we are going on five consecutive 2-0 victories over Mexico there. (I am too busy to check.) At some point in the not-distant future, my boy and I will go.
I am a Yankees fan but these days I like international soccer a bit more and I root for the U.S. My good friend Gabe Aguilera is a Dodgers fan, but he is also a huge soccer fan and he, like me, supports the American team. If you click the link, you can read a fun NBC story about the soccer loyalties of Mexican-born Americans.
Now, Gabe mentioned to me earlier today that he had some sympathy for the Tri in tonight’s match, considering the trouble that they are in with qualifying for the World Cup. And I agreed with him completely. So I turned on the TV fully expecting to root for Mexico.
Except, well, I couldn’t do it. I love Mexico when they are playing other teams. And I want them in the World Cup. But I couldn’t do it. It was like trying to root against the Jets for strategic reasons in order to aid a team that I did like. (And last year, caray did that happen a lot! What with the Jets being terrible and all.) It was just not possible.
Which is, I suppose, a test of a true sports loyalty. No?