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AN AMERICAN FOOTBALL FAN'S GUIDE TO THE WORLD CUP

On Sunday over two billion sports fans across the planet will be watching the World Cup Finals between France and Croatia. 

We American football fans who tune in will be watching “soccer.” But in all other nations, the fans will be watching “football,” which in the truest sense of the word it really is.

COW PASTURE POOL: IT'S A WHOLE NEW GAME

My late grandfather called golf “cow pasture pool.”  He made fun of city fellers who spend their weekends whacking a little white ball around a well-mowed pasture. 

My grandfather grew up in Deanburg, Tennessee, where they had several cow pastures but not one golf course.

MISS AMERICA ... THEN AND NOW

When I was a little boy, my family and I never missed the annual broadcast of the Miss America Pageant. On a Saturday night in September, we would gather on our living room couch in front of our Sylvania small screen TV that looked like a washing machine with rabbit ears antenna on the top.  We would even attach aluminum foil to the tips of the rabbit ears so that we could get better reception. 

And then Bert Parks would appear on our TV screen in glorious black and white live from the Atlantic City Convention Hall.

SEERSUCKER SEASON ARRIVES … FOR EVERYBODY!

This is Memorial Day Weekend, and it will mark the official beginning of seersucker season for everyone … even Yankees! 

As all well-dressed Americans know, seersucker is the classic puckered cotton fabric that for over a century has been the mainstay—or rather the main-dress—for elegant ladies and gentlemen.

OUR ROYAL OBSESSION

In 1776, we Americans declared our independence from King George III of England.  The upstart former colonists won the American Revolutionary War against King George and his Redcoats, and in 1787 we created the United States of America. Many Americans at that time sought a new King George for our new country, specifically urging General George Washington to wear the first American crown.  General Washington, of course, could not tell a lie, and told his fellow new Americans that the United States of America should be a republic, not a monarchy.  So rather than becoming King George, he became our first president.