Love of the Game

Henry Kissinger fills us in on his love of The Game.

Henry Kissinger explains American readers his fascination with the soccer World Cup in this week's edition of Newsweek. The former US Secretary of State under Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford admits that he is one of the millions who 'will find ways to interrupt their work schedules to watch at least some of the sixty-four matches' of this year's World Cup.

He declares that the typical soccer fans' support of their team is 'matched only by the most fanatical adherents of [American] football teams.' The 1973 Nobel Peace Price Laureate reveals his own continued following since childhood of the German second division team of Fuerth, the Bavarian town in which he grew up before in 1938 fleeing Nazi prosecution and emigrating to the United States. The world's most famous living proponent of 'Realpolitik' laments that his team 'periodically seems on the verge of rising to the top league but, as this year, always manages to fall just short' and terms this 'the mixture of misery and hope that is the lot of the soccer addict.' Kissinger, a Harvard scholar, praises the 'almost intellectual focus' that the best teams apply 'to solve the riddle of how, with each side moving at high speed, to get a ball past eleven opponents' as the reason behind soccer's 'seductive qualities.' He compares the likes of Zidane and Beckenbauer to 'field generals' with the 'uncanny skill of distributing the ball among their teammates in a manner that seemed unimaginable in the abstract and self-evident in execution' and concludes that 'soccer at its highest level is complexity masquerading as simplicity.'

I'm off early and will fill you in on the hazards of a full time job, which in reality is an internship and in which you will get treated like a dog and maid all in one, later. I'm off to coach my soccer team. * Gets into Volvo Wagon with Gear*.

Cooper takes a pot shot at Duke Lacrosse yet again – deservedly I say.


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