Soccer….Family Style

To Boo or Not to Boo, That is the Question
July 10, 2010, 4:09 pm
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If you watched the World Cup game on ABC, you may have heard the commentators debating the appropriateness of the stadium crowd booing.  Uruguay’s Suarez, the player who’s handball denied a late goal that would have allowed Ghana to advance instead of Uruguay. It’s a debate taking place on Twitter, my facebook wall, but fortunately, my husband and I agree on this one.

If you traveled to South Africa this year, you couldn’t miss the “Africa United” campaign, which I think is great. Judging by the fans reaction, I’d say this was a successful attempt to unite African nations to feel like all of Africa was hosting, and all of Africa would cheer for African teams. You could certainly feel South Africa’s adoration for Ghana in the stadium during #RSA, I mean #GHA vs #USA.

And if you’re like me, you liked the booing. I like virtually any unified fan response. As the former player commentators (Harkes, Lalas) both came out in support of the booing. Suarez is a big boy, and he’s a professional player, it’s not like he’s going to be harmed by knowing the home crowd didn’t like him. This was a sustained, dedicated fan response that didn’t involve a vuvuzela. The only way this could be improved for me is if they had written a song about Suarez and sung it all game.

But if you’re not like me, answer me this: You’ve NEVER booed at the sports game? Never done a cheer or song that was less than positive? Never done the goal kick hum followed by “Your socks have holes!” (That’s what they’re shouting, right mama?) If that’s the case, than you can argue against me. If you can’t say that, then it’s time to leave your glass house.

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