Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Books: Love & Blood: At the World Cup with Footballers, Fans and Freaks.

I'm halfway through "Love and Blood: At the World Cup with Footballers, Fans and Freaks" by Jaime Trecker. And it's been a fun read. The book is packed with brutally honest stories about players and quirky anecdotes about fans.

One more reason to read this book: to learn how the United States wrestles with certain ideas (embracing football like the rest of the civilized world, competing at the World Cup level and integrating football into its frenzied professional sports universe) is to be reminded about our own situation.

Consider this excerpt: "One of the great mysteries of soccer is why the world's largest consumer of sports has never had much use for the beautiful game. American professional sports look at soccer with a mixture of awe and fear." Don't you think it resonates? I do. MH

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