Sunday, June 13, 2010

ENG-USA Reactions

I just read something interesting on the BBC News website describing the in-game reactions of the people, in Washington, watching the World Cup match between England and USA yesterday.

"USA, USA" is as sophisticated as the chanting ever got. There were attempts by MCs to try and add some variety, but they failed. If you've got the world's easiest chant why change?

Far more spirited was the booing as England players came up on the big screens, with the loudest jeering reserved for a stony-faced David Beckham, in his England staff role, after the equaliser.
This sounds surprisingly familiar to my experience yesterday at a, mostly, American sports bar during the game. They chanted "USA, USA" frequently (while I joined in, since I was supporting Team USA), and everyone jeering at that amazing look on Beckham's face (but how can you resist?). Good to know that Americans know how to cheer their team on wherever they go, and they keep it constant!

I'm not sure if I'm allowed to post this, but how can I resist:

Quote Source: BBC News (
Image Source: 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ (screen capture during live broadcast).

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