USA! USA!, Post-Potter J.K. Rowling, and getting the band back together

Friday, Finally!
June 20, 2014

– Was that amazing or what?  You couldn’t have written it any better.  Of course, I’m talking about Monday’s victory by the US against Ghana in the World Cup.  The goal and the grit of Clint Dempsey.  He scores the first goal in the first thirty seconds of the match, then minutes later, suffers a broken nose, yet battles on for the full ninety.  In the 82nd minute, Andre Ayew ties the match, putting the US hopes in question.  Then, 21-year-old John Brooks, subbed in at the half due to an injury to Matt Besler, scores the winning goal from a corner kick delivery by Graham Zusi in the 86th minute for the US win.

Clint Dempsey at Ford Field, 2011, US vs Canada CONCACAF Gold Cup Match
Clint Dempsey at Ford Field, 2011, US vs Canada CONCACAF Gold Cup Match

–  Has anyone else noticed that on Facebook (and probably Twitter)  people who had never said anything about soccer, posting “GO USA” type comments on Monday?  That’s okay.  Come on board!  The global soccer bandwagon is as large as the Earth.

– Sunday is the next match for the US.  They face Portugal, who lost to Germany, 4-0.   Don’t let that fool you.  Portugal is a talented team with one of the world’s best players, Christiano Ronaldo.  He’s the kind of player that can carry a team on his back.  Portugal cannot afford a second loss in the group stage or they are guaranteed to go home after the June 26th match against Ghana.  They are a wounded animal trying to survive.

– Three World Cup matches a day have been awesome.  But wait until next week when four matches a day are played to close out the group stage.

– J.K. Rowling’s new novel The Silkworm (under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith) was released this week (unless you order from Amazon which will take a couple weeks due to their dispute with Hachette Publishers – so purchase it at your local or online independent book seller like I did at New Horizons Book Shop in Roseville).  This is her second novel under the pen name, and third work of fiction post-Harry Potter.  Has anyone read The Casual Vacancy or The Cuckoo’s Calling yet?  Curious as to your thoughts about her fictional worlds beyond Hogwarts.

– On this date in 1980:  Joliet Jake and Elwood Blues took us on a wild romp and revitalization of rhythm and blues music as “The Blues Brothers” movie was released.  Classic.  Got a favorite line or scene?  Song?  Loved their first “gig” in the bar where they play both kinds of music – country and western.  And Cab Calloway was awesome.

– Another week without a local Detroit City FC match.  Wednesday’s friendly against the Columbus Crew Super 20’s was postponed due to severe weather.  Friday, they play on the road against the Indiana Fire Juniors, who have been our toughest competition in the division thus far, as we drew even, 2-2, in our only previous meeting against them.

Ann Arbor Book Festival is Saturday.  I’ve got my DVR set to record the World Cup matches as I pay a visit to the festival.  I came very close to signing up for the writer’s conference, but opted out this time.  Maybe next year.

Enjoy your weekend!  Our union men and women fought hard for us to have them!

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