Sunday, June 11, 2006

Top 3 Memorable World-Cup Moments

This has little to do with the actual games. It's more about my viewing experiences.

#3 -- Watching what was probably my first World Cup during soccer camp one summer. I think it was 1982.

#2 -- Sitting in the bar of the Four Seasons restaurant in the Ritz Carlton in Chicago watching the Brazil win the 1994 Cup. A buddy and I were on our way back from a summer mission project in Yellowstone, and came through Chicago on the day of the final match. The Ritz was the only place we could find to watch the game -- seriously. I think we had been in the car for about 6 or 7 hours and we looked like crap. Shorts, flip flops, baseball caps. They served us nuts I had never seen before. During halftime, two other business men sitting nearby struck up conversation. When we told them we worked for Campus Crusade, they remarked, "Wow, that's great that they put you guys up at the Ritz!"

#1 -- Being in Paris during the 1998 World Cup opening day. Brazil vs. Scotland. Now that was a party. Drunk Scots in kilts carousing like beskirted fraternity boys. Saw one passed out in the Metro -- hard to tell if it was a stiff drink or a stiff uppercut. Brazilians celebrating with their drums, horns, dancing, and spectacularly colorful regalia up and down the Champs-Elysees. Of course, we didn't watch the game, but the atmosphere was electric.


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