Like sports writer Jason Gay advised in his hilarious article on watching the World Cup on a workday, it's more fun to watch the games with other people. But "with" is so much harder to define these days. Sometimes we were with each other in the old-school sense of 60 of us seated at close quarters watching the Germany vs. Argentina final on a giant theater at Haight street's Second Act.
Sometimes we were with each other in silent solidarity, with no interaction other than the knowing nod of earbuds when someone threw their hands up and screamed, accidentally forgetting he or she was actually on a morning commute train. I watched many of the first round games this way, plugged into the Univision Desportes mobile app, which streamed the games for free up to the quarterfinals.
Sometimes we were one formless, conversational mass -- like Star Trek's Borg Collective but much less evil (most of us anyway) on the starship Twitter. We communicated and commiserated in real-time using the game hashtags. Our words and memes, so meaningful in the moment, were completely dated 15 minutes later. According to The Guardian, 672 million Tweets were sent during the World Cup, with 35.6 million tweets sent about the fateful Germany (7) vs. Brazil (1) game. Let's not talk about that.
And for those games that I couldn't watch (darn workday), I got the recap on Google wrapped up in a nice pretty Doodle. Google created a Doodle (search page graphic) nearly each day of the World Cup to celebrate that day's matches. Clicking on the Doodle yields ESPN's mountain of scores, stats, lineups and replays.Very handy.
It was a great month of soccer, played by every country. True, the U.S. team lost against Belgium, but they won in so many bigger ways than that. I'll be back watching in four years.