Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Lake Placid deja vu? Not quite yet.


I stared at my computer in disbelief as Clint Dempsey suckered Iker Casillas for the United States' second goal that finished off Spain, the world's best football team. Two and oh as Jozy Altidore blasted in the first that Casillas was unable to stop although he got a hand on the ball.

Now the Americans try to do the improbable and beat Brazil for the Confederations Cup title. Although brimming with confidence after the guge win against Spain, the Americans still have on their mind their 3-0 loss to the Brazilians only a few days ago.

“When you play against Spain, everybody are watching the game,” Fernando Torres, the star Spanish forward, said of the Americans. “So maybe all the people can see they have fantastic players, a fantastic team.”

I want the US to win because if they do, it will mean so much to the growth of the sport in North America. But without midfielder Michael Bradley who will be suspended for the finals because of a red card in the semis clash, the odds are even more stacked against them.

So where does hunger factor in?

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