So I'm driving to church this morning, and I'm listening to ESPN radio, and here comes some numbskull named John Kincade, channeling Rush Limbaugh or someone of his ilk at his most addled.
John was in high dudgeon, it seems, that so many American soccer fans were celebrating the 1-1 draw with England on Saturday. Why, it was just another example of how P.C. (yes, he actually said "P.C."; I almost drove off the road laughing) America has become, that we would acknowledge a mere tie as anything but, you know, worthless.
Suddenly I realized why Kincade pulls ESPN's Sunday morning shift, when roughly 12 people are listening.
OK, Rule No. 1: If you're going to go off on something, at least have some working knowledge of what you're going off on. Kincade, clearly, knows zip about World Cup soccer. If he did, he wouldn't have been ripping those who, just as clearly, are way smarter than he is.
Here's why they were celebrating, and with good reason: Because in World Cup pool play, every point you accrue is precious. So a draw, which gets you a point, is as valuable as a win in some cases. And it certainly was in this case, with the U.S. opening World Cup play against a side that's favored by many to reach the final match.
The English, certainly, went into this expecting to win big. Most other knowledgeable observers expected the same. That the U.S. managed to steal a point, therefore, was huge. And quite worthy of all the celebrating.
Got it, John?