Man, I am all kinds of confused right now.
I come before you today a conflicted man. For 26 years I've been a true-blooded American soccer hater, but now I can't get enough of it.
I blame Landon Donovan.
That dude's goal in the 91st minute of the World Cup match pitting the United States against Algeria is what won me over. In fact, that whole game was a masterpiece. It had me on the edge of my seat, jumping up and down, crying and laughing at the same time.
I've never liked soccer. Even when I played the game as a 4-year-old I didn't like it. But man, I am in to this whole World Cup thing.
At first I didn't like that soccer games were so low-scoring. But now each minute that passes without a goal fills the air with more and more tension. It gets to a point that when a team finally does score all of your emotion explodes into a frenzied cheer. Such was the case when the US beat Algeria.
I also didn't like how games can end in ties. But I didn't understand the scoring system. Ties award teams points, and a tie game could be the difference between first place or last place in a team's group (kind of like the United States in Group C).
It's still not totally satisfying to we Yanks who are used to high-scoring sports with clear winners after every game, but what can I say? I'm growing up.
Now I am full steam ahead for the United States. I'll be watching every game from here on out, and if I could find a zuzuvela horn somewhere in Provo I'd buy it in a heartbeat.
By the way, if you haven't seen this video yet, consider today your lucky day: