PFT Live stands down for soccer

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If you haven’t heard, the U.S. men’s soccer team plays Germany at noon ET on Thursday in something called the World Cup.  (That’s not, as some have suggested, a male protective device with a map of the globe imprinted on it.  And the over/under on “Yours would be Pluto, Florio” comments is 15.5)

While I still have concerns about soccer — from the “It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over, And That’s Not ‘Til One Guy And Only One Guy Tells Us It’s Over” timekeeping procedures to the multiple stretches where the game looks like a group of college kids kicking a ball around leisurely on the grass field by the admin building — the same sense of national pride that prompts sudden interest in a wide variety of otherwise ignored Olympic sports every four years has engaged the “U-S-A!  U-S-A!  U-S-A!” reflex.

But since the game/match/whatever kicks off/tips off/pushes off/whatever at 12:00 p.m. ET, I had a problem.  That’s when PFT Live begins.  Thanks to coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who provided the entire nation with a “get out of work free” pass on Twitter, I’ve persuaded the powers-that-be to empower me to watch the game/match/whatever.

And that’s what I’ll be doing.  At least until 1:00 p.m. ET, when I press pause on the DVR and dial up Jon & Sean on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philly for a weekly visit.

After that, I can fast forward through the many hackey-sack sessions at midfield, looking for those rare moments when there’s an actual attack on the goal.

Or for the biting.

16 responses to “PFT Live stands down for soccer

  1. There hasn’t been this much anticipation for a US-Germany matchup since June of 1944.

  2. It’s not bandwagon if you are rooting for your country. It’s patriotism. All Americans should be rooting for our country regardless of your heritage. Go USA!!!

  3. That light on the other side of the tunnel is the freight train of futbol that is going to run over American football in the next 20 years.

    Go U.S.A. ! ! !

  4. The Brazilian city of Recife where the U.S. is playing Germany has flooded

    Good thing we’re mudders! Our mother was a mudder … Our father was a mudder!
    U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!

  5. How are people watching the game supposed to help the USA advance to the next round? I could see how it could inspire people to get interested and that could indirectly end up instilling more confidence in the team to somehow perform better in future rounds, but I don’t see how tuning in to watch increases the odds of advancing to the next round. And why is it that important anyhow considering the coach already declared it to be unrealistic to win the World Cup?

    Also can’t you watch the game on mute and still talk about Goodellball topics?

  6. Florio, this is the funniest thing you have ever said. Still laughing!
    ” That’s not, as some have suggested, a male protective device with a map of the globe imprinted on it.”

  7. So you bail of those of us who count on you to fill our lunch time void to watch a game that you don’t really care about and are going to DVR come 1pm for a radio spot? You could’ve just DVR’d the whole thing man. Now what am I supposed to do on lunch?

  8. “That light on the other side of the tunnel is the freight train of futbol that is going to run over American football in the next 20 years.”

    I remember my 5th grade teacher who was from Brazil tell us much the same thing as he desperately tried to get us to try playing soccer over football during recess. “Get on board guys, it’s coming! There’s a pro league now! Look at how popular Pele is!”

    That was 32 years ago.

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