The American Liturgy On Display

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Americans have a liturgy.

Matter of fact, today is a major marker in the liturgical calendar of the American story. We call it the Super Bowl. In fact, this is the 50th annual premier football event, holding a most dear place within the American liturgical calendar.

But what is liturgy?
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College Football Begins

This weekend (or this week), American college football kicks off its season. My alma mater, and hometown team, the Memphis Tigers, got routed on Thursday by #20 ranked Mississippi State (my brother-in-law’s team). The score: 59-14. Ouch! I hope we can pull off a better season than last year’s 1-11 record.

I must admit, I love college sports, mainly the two big ones of football and basketball. There is not too much like it in the sporting world (at least the American sporting world). And I miss it dearly living in Belgium, though there are other good trade in’s for it. Still I miss it greatly. Continue reading

The World Cup Begins

Ladies and gentlemen, the World Cup officially starts tomorrow – Friday, 11 June 2010. The kick-off match is between the host country of South Africa and Mexico.

Living in Europe, football (or soccer) is of great importance. And I like that. But, unfortunately, living in Belgium, it is not as important as say in Germany, the Netherlands or Spain, since Belgium has not had a good team in a while. But maybe that is a plus so that we can still enjoy the World Cup but it not become the overwhelming experience that it could be. Of course, visiting England for a few days in mid-June, the climate could easily change.

The teams I will cheer for are in this order:

  1. America (Of course, my home country.)
  2. England (Of course, my wife’s home country. And I lived in the UK for 3 years, so I began to like them during that time.)
  3. Spain (I like Rafael Nadal. He is a tennis player, but that makes me cheer for his football team.)
  4. Netherlands (The closest country to Belgium. Well, don’t tell the French-speaking Belgians that.)
  5. Brazil (I have some close Brazilian friends in Belgium. So I will pull for them.)

Who are the teams that I believe have the best chance of winning it?

  1. Brazil
  2. Spain
  3. Argentina
  4. Germany
  5. Italy

Who are my favourite players?

  1. Frank Lampard (He didn’t have such a hot World Cup in 2006 for England. I hope for better.)
  2. Landon Donovan (Gotta pull for the American.)
  3. Lionel Messi (He is so smooth and a great man up front for Argentina.)
  4. Kak√° (The soft-footed, intelligent Brazilian. He is supposedly a believer as well.)
  5. Fernando Torres (Like Messi, a talented wonder-boy up front for Spain.)

Who are my least favourite players?

  1. Christiano Ronaldo (I mean, doesn’t it go without saying? How could anyone like this guy? I want Portugal to lose every match because he is on their team.)
  2. I really cannot think of another player in league with Ronaldo. Maybe some mean Italian player that I don’t know there name.

We shall see how it all plays out over these next few weeks. I know I will enjoy the time. It all starts for me on Saturday with a barbeque with my Brazilian friends – picanha steak, sausage and chicken hearts on the grill!

Just for a chuckle, I post this nice little SportsCenter commercial/advert. Enjoy.

SuperBowl Spirituality

Well, for the second year in a row, I won’t be watching the SuperBowl. While it starts at 6.30pm on the east coast of America, that means midnight in Belgium. And with it usually lasting at least 3 hours, probably more like 4 hours with the longer half-time concerts these days, I don’t feel the excitement of staying up until possibly 4.00am (especially knowing I have my Dutch class starting at 9.00am).

I had planned to watch it the next evening, Monday, with some American friends, since we have slingbox capability to record it in the US and view it via the internet. But, I’m now planning to go away for a few days with my family to the south of Belgium. Should be a nice little 3-day getaway. Thus, I will pass on another year without the SuperBowl.

I suppose people are expecting the Colts to win, but I might just pull for the Saints to get this one. Well, there’s always next year for observing this most holy day in America.

Still, in ode to the holy day, I post this cartoon below.