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The sporting life

I have been verbally spanked by more than one person for my lack of enthusiasm for the World Cup.

I’m not a soccer fan. To become an SSF (Sudden Soccer Fan) because of the frenzy surrounding the event doe not feel authentic to me.

Turns out it’s practically un-American.

world cupTo add insult to injury, I’m writing this post during the US / Portugal World Cup match.

Which I’m not watching.

Don’t get me wrong — I truly hope the US wins — but it’s still soccer.

I’m okay with getting the score later.
wimbledon imageIn other sporting news, the Championships Wimbledon begin tomorrow, where many Americans will be competing on its famous grass courts.

I love tennis and will be watching as much coverage as my schedule allows.  I won’t verbally abuse you, however, if you have other plans.

Sorry, Charlie

SPOILER ALERT — this blog talks about last night’s shocking elimination on Dancing with the Stars.

In hindsight, it was inevitable.

charlie whiteHost Tom Bergeron and the judges were aghast that Olympic ice dancer Charlie White and professional partner Sharna Burgess were eliminated just one week shy of the finals.

But with his ice dancing partner Meryl Davis also in the competition (paired with popular-bad-boy dancer Maks Chmerkovskiy), Charlie was dead in the water.  The two were bound to split their fans’ votes, and Maks is way more popular than Sharna.

Meryl wins.

The celebs that remain have their unique voting blocks as well.  Candace Cameron Bure (of Full House fame) can’t go a show without evoking Jesus’ name, so she has the conservative right sewn up.  Singer James Maslow of the boy band Big Time Rush has the hottie vote.  And Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy is dancing brilliantly on two artificial legs — artificial! — and paired with Derek Hough, who is popular enough to win with almost anyone.

So yes, strangely enough, Olympic ice dancer Charlie White was the clear underdog.

Box-ing office?

If you were on Twitter at all on Halloween, you may have noticed that one of the trending topics was #potterday.

It seems the fans of the Harry Potter books and films were chatting them up, and why not?  On a holiday where ghosts and goblins walk the earth, talk of wizards and death eaters seems apropos.

But when I read the potterday tweets — and added one of my own (heck, I like Harry as much as the next muggle) — I noticed a few felt it necessary to slam “Twilight” in the process:

“Who needs vampires?  We have magic.”

Why do you have to dislike “Twilight” to like Harry Potter?  Are the two mutually exclusive?  Why is life always a competition?

It reminds me a bit of my youth.  (Yes, I can remember back that far.)  When “Star Wars” came out, many “Star Trek” fans — and I am pointing the finger straight back at myself  — were insulted by the very presence of this new saga and boycotted it.  Years passed before I saw “Star Wars” in its entirety, and that was mainly because of Harrison Ford.  He was big time by then, and I wanted to see his take on Hans Solo.

In retrospect, it was a ridiculous reaction.

I think the same thing about the Mac/PC wars.  I own a PC, and always have — mainly because an overwhelming majority of the business world operates on PCs.  I have worked on a Mac in the past, and I personally didn’t find the transition from PC to Mac to be difficult.  I think both platforms have their pros and cons, and I am entertained by the vehement love/hate that people display for the different platforms.

I just don’t see it.

But, that’s me.  I like PCs.  I like Mac’s.  I like “Star Trek.”  I like “Star Wars.”  (Okay, I’ll always like “Star Trek” a bit more…it was my first sci-fi.)

And I love Harry Potter and “Twilight.”  To me, they are very different and are not competing or attempting to muscle one another out at the box office.

Can’t we all just get along?