Ok, I admit it! I am one of those World Cup lunatics. If you walk by my office, you will likely see a game streaming on my mobile device. Or if I am in a meeting, I will be following via a live GameCast. And yes, I was one of those back in 2002 when the tournament was held in Korea/Japan who was up at 2 a.m. watching the US team play.
So, having grown up in Germany as a pseudo-military brat (my dad worked for a defense contractor with the Air Force), yesterday was not a very good day. The US team hadn’t even qualified (eliminating one of my teams), and now my other team in the tournament (Germany) is done. And while there are plenty of differences between the two teams and the context of their exits, I perceived one thing that was the same: a complacent approach.