I’m a little sleep deprived and it’s due to the World Cup. In Los Angeles, some of the games are broadcast at 4AM (I haven’t seen one of those), some at 6:30AM (I’m joining those at about half time and since the score is usually 0 – 0, I don’t regret the extra sleep) and others at 11:30. I’ve traveled around town a bit during lunch to watch the “late” game, one day at a sports cafe, another at a Mexican restaurant (when Mexico played South Africa), a then Brazilian bar and tomorrow an English pub. I can’t travel to South Africa this year, but in culinary terms I’m traveling the world.
I’m not all that knowledgeable about the game, but really, the point is to get the ball in the goal and even I can understand that. In a previous post, we provided various lists for World Cup reading. Click here for a video of Alan Black at Booksmith talking about the book he co-authored with David Henry Sterry, The Glorious World Cup: A Fanatics Guide. What I enjoyed about this talk is that it is divided by countries with a bit of history and gossip about the teams. He talks about North Korea, the Ivory Coast, Serbia, USA, Argentina and Brazil. The talk occurred on June 1st, before the World Cup started.