As I’m sure you’re acutely aware, the upcoming weekend marks the start of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial sporting event that manages to slightly pique Americans’ interest in international soccer (“football”) for about a month. To make things particularly intriguing this year, Team U.S.A. has drawn an opening match against The Three Lions on Saturday afternoon.
Such an event is of course significantly more enjoyable to view as part as a partisan crowd, so I figure those of us in Silver Spring who are interested should congregate in a predetermined place to view the match. With that in mind, by the power invested in me by no one, I hereby declare McGinty’s Public House the Official Place to Watch the World Cup in Downtown Silver SpringTM. At least for this Saturday. Sure, it may seem like the obvious choice, but where better to root against England than in an Irish pub? I briefly considered the brand new Fire Station 1 with its
16 6 brand-new televisions as a venue. However, due to their hiccups over opening weekend, I figure they need a little seasoning prior to hosting an event of such magnitude.
The match begins at 2:30, but I would strongly advise arriving somewhat in advance of that time to get a decent spot. Hopefully the U.S.A. will inflict a defeat so devastating that Wayne Rooney and his mates will be relegated to residing in a trailer park.
For fans of England, the viewing party will be held at the bus station on Fenton Street.