World Cup Blues

Sam my great Italian barber had the World Cup blazing on TV   as he clipped away.

I left the shop and many cars were festooned with flags and the CBC replaced hockey, hockey, hockey with World Cup news.

And oh those anxious nail biters at the games and France having a meltdown.

Are we supposed to care?

The more power citizens lose as active democratic agents, the more power as corporations control the air waves, the less power the average citizen feels. And so spectator sports, in this case low level tribalism fills the gap—momentarily—until hockey can begin again.Or some other diversion.

And Toronto with its lousy sports teams gives us so little to cheer about much less to identify with.

And now  Italy has lost! Managggia!

Will Sam cope? Will Italy?

Where is the life we have lost in living?


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