- Catholic League slams Obama: ‘Do Christian lives mean so little to you?’
- National laboratory cancels ‘Southern Accent Reduction’ classes after outcry
- U.S. woman with Ebola is stable, improving, son says
- Belgium pushes for clear labeling of goods from Israeli settlements
- ‘Queen of Mean’ Leona Helmsley’s former home hits market for $65M
- Florida beach-goers told to beware flesh-eating bacteria in water
- Lundergan Grimes uses ‘war on women’ strategy to attack McConnell
- Rep. Jeff Miller: ‘Ain’t no leash for VA’
- Al Qaeda nets $125M from ransom payoffs from Europe since 2008
- Ohio Gov. John Kasich cruising to re-election: survey
World Cup watchers take to D.C. pubs
Soccer faithful drink beer, blast their vuvuzelas
Question of the Day
Summers Pub in Arlington was witness to the throngs of happy soccer fans charging through the door seeking to trump the D.C. heat with camaraderie, pitchers of beer and a good game of football. But although it may be the prime scene in Arlington for World Cup action, this is no place for a casual fan.
“Oh, no, I told my wife not to come,” said George Fester, a native of Alexandria. “She wouldn’t exactly fit in with this crowd.”
“If the Americans can pull this off, soccer just might finally launch itself into the mainstream in this country,” said Summers patron Mark Weztel.
With this in mind, the optimistic onslaught of fans, propelled somewhat belligerently by now, prepare themselves for watching one of the biggest game of American soccer by emulating a longstanding tradition of soccer bars around the world — a healthy dose of debate.
The Ghanaian faithful, all decked out in red, yellow and green, did not hesitate to reply when asked about Ghana’s chances against the scrappy Yanks.
“We gonna win,” said one member of the band of Black Star supporters. “Two-nil.”
A confident answer, no doubt aided by the vacant pitchers of beer strewn across the table. But the Ghanaians will not waver, even when chants of “USA!” resounded throughout the USMNT supporters.
Summers now closed off to the tardy, the crowd is ready for the main event. The American and Ghanaian national teams are finally showed for the first time on dozens of televisions lining the walls of the pub, evoking a deafening burst of giddiness from all spectators.
The dreaded blast of a vuvuzela is heard. Apparently, someone has decided Summers will get the real experience of a World Cup match. This may be a long game.
Mysteriously, the crowd erupts in glee when President Clinton and Mick Jagger are shown standing together during the national anthem. An odd combination, but the patrons of this pub love it.
The flighty chatter before the match now has been replaced with focused intensity as the game ensues. After all, this is the World Cup.
Oh, the agony! Desolate silence permeates the air as the American supporters stare blankly at the television screen in horror. U.S. defender Ricardo Clark goofs up horrendously and, just like the England and Slovenia games, the United States surrenders an early goal — this one happening just five minutes into the game. Seizing upon the devastation, one particularly brazen member of the Ghanaian faithful emerges from the back room and proudly displays a flag. Of course, he is booed heartily.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
- Patent workers paid to exercise, shop, do chores: report
- Boehner rules out impeachment: 'Scam started by Democrats'
- CARSON: Rudderless U.S. foreign policy
- Obama thanks Muslims for 'building the very fabric of our nation'
- Fla. mom arrested for allowing 7-year-old son to walk to park alone
- Smugglers, rainstorm combine to poke holes in border fence
- Obama mum on where illegal immigrant children are sheltered
- Federal judge grants 90-day stay in D.C. gun case
- Defense lawyer: McDonnell's wife had 'crush' on CEO
- CARSON: Costco and the perils of politicizing business
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world