Saturday, June 26, 2010

No Joy in Mudville After World Cup Elimination: USA 1, Ghana 2

The scene in Arlington, Massachusetts this afternoon was eerie. The nets were up at the soccer fields but the grass was empty as every soccer fan in the United States of America watched the World Cup game with Ghana, with the winner to go to the quaterfinals and the loser to go home.

With a 1 to 1 tie at the end of regulation, the game went to overtime (or extra-time as the soccer buffs call it). Alas, there was no second miracle on grass and no joy in Mudville:
"Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;
But there is no joy in Mudville — mighty Casey has struck out."

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