Good Morning, Broncos fans! Well, the USMNT's 2014 World Cup run is over.
The result felt inevitable for long stretches, but as they seem to do every four years, our boys made a game of it.
In the days leading up to it, I admittedly rolled my eyes every time an analyst discussed the American players' supposedly trademark effort.
International competitions like the World Cup and Olympics often devolve into exercises in jingoism, xenophobia, and the worst kinds of nationalism*.
What, Americans really try harder, exude more grit, and do a better job of not giving up?
Seems a bit of a ridiculous claim, doesn't it?
Well, a two-goal deficit in soccer usually equals a death knell.
A two-goal deficit in extra time? Insurmountable.
And yet, the outcome of yesterday's game came down to the very last moment.
To that, we'll say Thank You, Tim Howard.
Although it was a losing effort, there was much to be proud of.
Well, goodbye soccer; see you in four years!
* I am proud to be American, but when I really think about it, I'm more fortunate than anything else. I could have been born anywhere. And unlike anyone who's served, I can't really say I ever did anything to earn my citizenship.
So, to me, there's something particularly obnoxious about cheering, "We're number one/better than you."
How is this different than assuming a Raiders fan is a hardened criminal and terrible person? Well, nobody is born a Raiders fan...
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