Charlie Bertsch (cbertsch) wrote,
Charlie Bertsch

Reality Check

I'm more patriotic about American soccer than any other sport. I have a thing for underdogs. And the nationalistic urges that I developed as a Bicenntennial-obsessed child have to find expression somewhere. So I'm delighted to learn that our men's team has just been ranked sixth in the world -- yes, that's sixth alright -- by FIFA. But when the same rankings have a "weak" German team moving from twenty-first to eleventh, I have to wonder how useful they are. While I'd love for us to revenge the 2002 World Cup loss in 2006, I have a hard time believing that the Germans would regard themselves as underdogs in that context. Still, you never know.

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