First, let's get this part out of the way...yes I watched the US vs. England game. I watched alone on my couch with a beer and some pasta. I'm sad we didn't win, but I'm happy with a tie. Let's be honest, it's not like Soccer is the U.S. strongest sport...I mean, we call it soccer for goodness sake. Don't get me wrong, we're still awesome, and I'm still proud of the team, and still root for them, but I'm also acknowledging that tying with England is a pretty good accomplishment.
Anyway...today was the first game in which Holland played. And it was insane here. At 1:30, the entire country stopped what they were doing to watch the Dutch take on the Danes. If there was ever a time to get ALL your errands done, it was at that time. Except I don't know if the shops were even open...no seriously. There was even a website where you could register your workplace and head of office if they weren't allowing you to watch/listen to the game at work. And then people involved in the soccer association (like official people!) would email them and request that their workers be allowed to watch the game! It resulted in over half of the 2000 registered workplaces having the game turned on! I mean...that's commitment.
Everywhere you looked there were banners on buildings, flags on cars, and orange displays...
Well I guess so, because we WON! The score was 2-0. Fien was pretty good for the first half of the game, enjoying it with Rogier...
After the game it seemed that the entire town came alive. Airhorns were sounding, car horns were honking, and "We are the Champions" was playing on the radio. I mean...this is just a pre-lim game! No cuts will be made, no titles have been won. But Suzan just says..."Yea well, that's Holland."
I can't wait for the next game. Or even better...ones where the outcome matters a little more!
(this picture was not posed...Fien was actually trying to turn it off because she wanted to watch Dora.)
P.S. As I type this my sister is on the plane here!!! So excited!!! Look for a very special Top Ten tomorrow!
Word of the Day: oranje - orange