Posted On Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 09:47:01 PM
Even before the world cup started all people could talk about was it would star taking over their lives. They prepared in advance. Buying new television sets, t-shirts that displayed their loyalties.
All across the city, in offices, pubs and after work in homes that’s all that played on television sets. Channels tried, in vain, to regain their attention with newer, sexier shows.
Bands played to large screen backdrops that hosted images thrown at it from projectors. “We won!” they cried and bought another drink when the team they were gunning for scored a last-minute goal.
The players all belonged to a nation they hadn’t ever visited and probably wouldn’t for the next few years. Closer home, in another sport their countrymen lifted a cup and called it the victory of the decade.
But there, pubs played the world cup on mute, with danceable music on to drown out sounds of the crowd and people booed unwanted offside.