The World Cup Helps the Economy
Soccer’s World Cup has been good for the flag business, our June sales were our best ever. I know you are not supposed to wear the U.S. flag, so don’t send me any scolding emails, but I have to say it is good to see young people, that are not from military families, show such gregarious patriotism. We, at AFB, try to guide our youthful customers towards red, white, and blue scarves (for women or men) and hats (fun and caps) but we can only do so much.
Youth are naturally rebellious and this year they loved draping themselves in the American flag like a cape. And I loved the patriotic fervor and unity the World Cup inspired. We were all on the same side. Not politically or philosophically divided, just patriotic citizens all cloaked under the same symbol, the American Flag, whether you wore it or displayed it. Go World Cup team USA!
Anybody that thought soccer was for sissies has changed their mind after this year’s games; broken noses, sprained hamstrings, concussions, and some serious displays of male testosterone. Tim Howard, USA’s goalie, will never have to buy himself another drink in his life time. Bald is back, and badass.
We are already looking forward to the Women’s World Cup in Canada next year, with it being a bit closer to home, you can be sure American’s will be well represented as fans, if our ladies (which I’m sure they will) qualify. Plus we don’t even have to wait long to continue to satisfy our new soccer bug…the qualifying rounds begin in October of this year.
In fact, the U.S. will host the women’s CONCACAF qualifying tournament in Florida, California, Washington and some matches will be in Vancouver, Canada. The qualifying rounds are just as exciting as the world cup matches!
Kerry McCoy is founder and president of FlagandBanner.com and owner of historic Taborian Hall where the famous Dreamland Ballroom resides. She is also publisher of Brave Magazine. If you would like to interview Kerry or have her speak at your event contact firstname.lastname@example.org.