Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Polls and Poles had an online poll Sunday afternoon asking people which item more interested them - US Open golf, the World Cup, or the NBA playoffs. The World Cup won, and although that officially means nothing, it's pretty cool. Also, the US-Italy game got the highest rankings of a first-round soccer game since 1994, which sounds good, but it's like comparing apples to oranges. A Saturday afternoon 3pm start game against a big-time opponent is going to draw more people than a 5am game or one against a lesser-known foe. Still, those are pretty good indicators that this World Cup is reaching more people than ever, which is something I enjoy seeing. I've had friends who don't know what offsides is, asking me about things, and coming to games with me. Most newspapers are at least dedicating a few inches to the American and overseas games. In Sunday's Baltimore Sun, the Len Bias story was top of the sports page, followed by the US Open, and the Italy game was on the left column. On the far bottom of the page was a report of the previous day's Orioles game.
Many papers ran the bloody McBride pic, and my favorite show, PTI, is finding a way to include daily soccer updates. Of course, this is all predicated on the fact that the US is still alive. Once we're eliminated, whenever that is, I'm curious how much coverage knock-out round games are going to get.