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The Value of the World Cup

Jorge Sincuir

Posted on July 9, 2018 02:32

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Tell me you caught the game between Russia and Croatia this weekend. It is literally all I have been talking about with everyone. Let's read why this is actually a good thing to be focused on right now.

The World Cup is the biggest sporting event, with an estimated 30 million people watching the England vs Sweden game alone. From those estimates, it means four out of every five people watching TV this weekend watched the game in England. In certain circles, asking, “Did you watch the game?” has replaced “Good mornings.”

You could argue that this happens during the World Series or the Super Bowl, but those are a bit more niche spoken by the “sports guys” in the office and rarely outside of the expected circles. These few weeks, even people who don’t care about soccer know the scores and the results of the 90 minutes.

And this is important.

I work in a very diverse office with people from various countries, identities, political beliefs and so on. I mean, these people can barely decide what we should get for catered events, let alone anything serious outside of the necessary to get the job done. So to be able to unite about something as ridiculous as a group of people kicking a ball passed another group of people is spectacular. Nothing short of a miracle.

My team in the game is France. I thought Russia was going to win it all (due to me also believing the whole thing has room for it being rigged), but I wanted France to take the cup again. This led to a lot of discussion and banter at work.

“Jorge, you think Russia has its hands in everything” (I do). “No, no. England is going to take it all.” “I think Belgium will. Why? Because of they make great chocolate” (I kid you not, that was the reasoning someone put their money on them).

Regardless, there’s friendly, and not so friendly, conversation being had about a sport that to the simplest of viewings, is not very complicated at all.

My point here is that we need events like the World Cup from time to time. It positively distracts us from the chaos in the world. It gives us the opportunity to root for our country (not the U.S. this year, but in a generic sense) and appreciate the accolades and triumphs of others. Events like these for just a split second unite us in a common goal: to watch goals be made. That’s it. 

We cannot function at 110 percent active stress. We cannot focus every minute into what is happening at the border, with North Korea, online with tweets. We need a distraction to recharge ourselves and come back to the real issues. The World Cup does this.

I could write about how I still think Putin has his hands in the end result of the cup, but instead let’s see how England plays against Croatia.

Jorge Sincuir

Posted on July 9, 2018 02:32

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