What a match! I spent part of the day jokingly going back and forth on Facebook with a friend of mine who is not a soccer fan. In fact, he regularly expresses a certain level of disdain for the sport. It’s all good. We were all soccer haters at some point in our past. But after the match today, I got a text from him saying that the match, which he apparently watched, was “epic” and “entertaining even.” I’m glad he, and so many others enjoyed it. It was a fun match to call. Click the link below to experience the match the RealExciting way!
Yesterday I promised an audio surprise for the readers of this website. This audio surprise is, in fact, the reason I created this website. I have talked a little bit about my experience watching the 1998 World Cup in Brazil with Brazilians here. One of the most enchanting things about that experience for me was listening to Brazilian play-by-play. Fast paced. Passionate. Rhythmic. Goal calls that would give you goose bumps.
When I got back to the United States to watch the rest of the 1998 World Cup, something was missing. It didn’t feel quite the same. I didn’t realize until later that the play-by-play that I experienced in Brazil was part of what made soccer so exciting for me. After recognizing the difference some years later, I came to the realization that soccer play-by-play in English is rather boring. Either you have Englishmen who are reserved or Americans who have converted over from other sports. And neither one of them delivers the passion and rhythm that our Latin American and Brazilian neighbors do. I’ve listened to A LOT of Brazilian play-by-play over the past couple of years. Which then caused me to sit in my living room to see if I could do what they do in English. I’m still pretty green. But it’s coming along. It’s to the point that I’m tired of sitting in my living room feeling silly by calling soccer matches for nobody. It’s time to get my play-by-play out there. Which is why I started this website. Technical difficulties have now been resolved.
So without further ado, I give you my RealExcitingSoccer play-by-play of a certain soccer match that took place yesterday. If you still have it on your DVR, watch it RealExcitingSoccer style. Any feedback you wanna give me in the comments section would be much appreciated. Enjoy!
The first time I really got into the World Cup, I was living in Brazil in 1998. The reactions of the people to goals, the fireworks, Brazilian National Team announcer Galvão Bueno‘s play by play and goal calls. It was all breathtakingly joyous. Alegria pura. Pure Joy. Truthfully, when I got back to the United States, something was missing from my soccer experience.
The piece below at the New York Times shows the reactions of Brazilians around the country to the first goal scored in today’s match by Neymar.
That brought back the joy I first experienced in 1998 while watching the World Cup with Brazilians in Brazil. Tip o’ the hat to law school collegue Scott Wessman for sharing it.