Friday, June 30, 2006
If you have...then you should go watch this. It is a great little clip on a correspondence with Delta.
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
A rather loud Brazilian fan who would probably disagree with my anlaysis that I thought Ghana was quite possibly the better team of the evening...despite the score line:
Cologne also has one of the most magnificent cathedrals you will ever see. It is impossible to describe or photograph it and do it any justice. It is simply awe inspiring.
As much as some might consider this worthy of a chapel ceiling, this piece of art was on the ceiling of the train station. The commerical of Jose +10 has been one of the best of the cup. This is only a small piece of a gigantic mural which included most of the world's most famous players.
Monday, June 26, 2006
Everyone in Frankfurt has football fever. Even Goethe.
These Italians certainly thought so. Did you see that game? Australia totally deserved to win - I say this based on their 2nd half performance. The first half definitely had some Italian moments. The city here was insane after the game. The celebrations lasted for hours...and the game wasn't even here.
We are ending our two day spell in Frankfurt tonight. Headed to Cologne and then home over the next two days or so.
Saturday, June 24, 2006
It looks like this from our balcony:
...and we ended up watching the Swedes fall to the Germans with a Swedish family and a German family. This was followed by an amazing game with Argentina and Mexico (I saw at least one Argentinian fan in the bar with us). If you have yet to watch the Argentinians play, don't miss their next match - they are paired with Germany. You will have to put up with seeing clips of a fat, hair helmeted, excessive looking character who used to be a great soccer player (Maradona), but the game on the pitch is worth the pain. Go find a clip of the second Argentinian goal tonight, it will be one of the best of the Cup. If someone finds a link, feel free to post it to the comments.
At some point, we made time to have lunch...
...and stopped to smell the flowers.
Tomorrow, our day of rest is over and we head to the fan zone in Frankfurt - I hear the giant flat screen is in the middle of the river there. Should be exciting.
Friday, June 23, 2006
Thursday, June 22, 2006
This is crazy and I am surprised it took me this long to note. On our walk up the hill to the stadium in
John didn't play that day. We are thinking he starts against Ghana today. Huge game.
We took the train to Nuremburg yesterday – pretty easy ride for me, but not for the guy across the way. About 30 minutes into the ride, I am already asleep and dreaming of soccer. I scored a goal in my dream, of course, and at the same time managed to volley the guy’s shin who was sitting across from me. Luckily he was from
“Sorry, I was dreaming of soccer”
…he forgave me.
Prior to Nuremburg, we spent some time at
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Then we saw the Spain-Tunisia game at the fan zone. Each city has set up monster big screen TV's to show the games. Soccer is everywhere here.
People like to bike in Munich.
Maybe because their cars are kind of small.
Some bikers have a weird sense of humor...unless this is a German word that I have yet to add to my vocabulary.
Until next time!
Sunday, June 18, 2006
...but, what an amazing game! And the atmosphere here is incredibly surreal. The streets of the city were filled with fans for hours. The stadium was electric. I have never been to more exciting soccer game.
There are only a few places in the world where this shirt doesn’t get double takes… It is weird to be in a place overseas where for once, it is ok to be a loud crazy American.
Even the urinals capture the spirit of the day.
I have an awesome film of the atmosphere in the stands which I will have to share when we get home. Here is a photo of the kick-off. We are headed to Munich today.
Saturday, June 17, 2006
Let me tell you, Germany is wild about soccer. Even folks in business clothes are wearing cleats.
They are a lot like us though. They are into Dan Brown and realize that declaring the book sacrilege will definitely make the copies sell.
We rested by a pissing fountain.
And I ordered Baden style sausage for dinner. Who knew that ground up bologna could cost $15 and taste so good! I did have some awesome beer with my cold cuts though.
Dollar stores are everywhere.
That’s where I got your gift.
Today is the big US vs Italy game in Kaiserslauten. It is going to be awesome to be there! Talk to you again soon.
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Why I hate Marcelo Balboa as a soccer commentator on ESPN and ABC:
- Every sentence is an imperative phrase. "You have to like..."
- I disagree with 90% of Cello's imperative sentences.
- He puts this wicked accent on the first or second syllable of every sentence.
- His hair.
- His continual references to his 1990 World Cup experience.
That's right. Another Birthday wish! Besides my beautiful wife's birthday, it is also the birthday of a buddy of mine (who I have never met...but his dad has kept me sane for years). Cheers to Nathan (one day early)! I'm diggin the John Deere cap.