I watched a little soccer on the weekend and thought there was a problem with my television reception because of a peculiar buzzing noise. It turns out it’s merely soccer fans blowing annoying horns all game. Hearing loss will be their just punishment. I’m sure some of these zealous fans would be the first to look you in the eye and say, “It’s the beautiful game.”
I like soccer well enough but I don’t have anyone to cheer for. Here in Toronto it seems it’s all about cheering for the country your family left when they came to Canada. My family came from Poland, but that was a long time ago, and aside from cooking up some traditional Polish foods on holidays, I don’t have much of a tie to that country. Back in our old neighbourhood, I cheered for Portugal, because when in the little Azores, do as the little Azorians do. Many of the houses around St. Clair and Caledonia would typically hang two flags at the start of World Cup…Portugal and Brazil. When Portugal got knocked out, Portuguese flags would be discretely rolled up, and eveyone would cheer for Brazil.
In my new neighbourhood, nobody drives around honking their horns, so I have to remind myself the tournament is on. Meanwhile, if anyone has suggestions as to who I should cheer for, let me know, OK?