With the Scotland out of the Cup after, well, Scotlanding™ * and the United States out of the Cup after acting and playing like the entitled thumb-suckers that every other nation thinks we are, I have chosen to support Australia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It was an easy decision:
First, Australia is the country with which I have the closest relationship after the U.S. and Scotland- my aunt (Hey Paula!) moved their in the late 1970s, married an Australian (Hi Geoff!) and I have two Australian-American cousins (G’day Catherine and Deborah!). None of them are soccer fans- they are Boston sports diehards and love the Paramatta Eels, which could be a sports team, or some sort of food, no idea- but they are Australians sort of…except for “Uncle Geoff” they all have two passports.
Second, barring unforeseen circumstances one of the players suiting up for the Socceroos will be former Ross County, and current Hull City midfielder, Jackson Irvine. Irvine only played about 75 matches for the Staggies but there are few County supporters who wouldn’t select him as one of the top five players ever to come through Dingwall. Just as importantly, at County, at Burton Albion, and now at Hull, Irvine has shown himself to be a class act on, and especially off the pitch. He’s the kind of guy who will sign autographs until the groundsmen shut off the flood lights.
So, there it is. I’m in for Australia. Oh, and, of course, SUCK IT ENGLAND!!
*to Scotland, v.: to dig oneself into a hole then climb almost all the way out of it, only to fall back in while screaming, “MORAL VICTORY!!!”