The Football Phenomena
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May 14th, 2006 – by: Ramie
Equally impressive as the rhythmic crowd were the vendors who, despite age, managed to weave their way through the seated (or standing) crowds and sell their peanuts, popcorn, hotdogs, and coca cola.
The match was incredible, and I am thrilled to have gone, not just for the experience of participating in a world wide phenomena, but also because of the understanding the game gave me. Football is anesthetic for the masses. As in the 1978 World Cup in the midst of the dirty war in Argentina the tortured and torturers alike paused from their immediate concerns and rejoiced at Argentina's victory. The game also gave me a sense of the sacred nature of football and football stadiums and I understand the injustice that was holding prisoners in football stadiums in Santiago during the Pinochet junta.
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