Overall, many of these feelings also come from feeling attachment to a country which I know many of my African-American brothers and sisters cannot really do. Another root for these emotions is that I feel like Iḿ fighting to represent my students against Big Brother or some other symbol of government. Thus, there is too much passion in the negative for me to watch the World Cup respectfully. Still, I love Association football and furthermore love the World Cup.
What I´ve learned from this:
1. Leave personal biases outside of this sport, though Germans will be forever my personal football rivals.
2. Social media has encouraged football viewership. I myself will be watching more association games, as visiting the Real Madrid Estadio even gave me a team to really get behind. I may even watch a MLS game here in the US.
3. I need to leave any relation of students to sporting events out of the competition.
4. I have much more passion about my heritage than nearly any other feeling; however, that passion needs to be tempered. Ainda, Vai Portugal!!!!
5. I have a plethora of great friends who are not only understanding of my commentary, rage, insults, and crude use of languages, but they also love football!