At this rate, we won’t have anything left for July 4th. Each U.S. match at this World Cup continues to bring out massive American support from sea to shining sea in offices, homes, and most impressively, in grand public gatherings. Our nation’s newspapers tore themselves away from running generic AP content to brilliantly capture local scenes of patriotic passion.
The Akron Beacon Journal’s “Red, White, and Brews” headline and picture combo (see above) makes it the front-page winner of the day because it best captures America’s mood. There’s no doubt there are plenty of people among the millions rallying behind the USMNT who couldn’t care less about soccer and are just there to party patriotically. So what? Enjoy the ride.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and South Florida’s Sun-Sentinel are among the many papers to lead with emboldening shots of local celebrations.
I particularly like the expression on Nationals hat man on the Washington Post front cover. He’s bummed because he’s just seen Germany score, but he’s running over the permutations in his head leading to a confident look in his eyes. And props to that German kid’s bravery.
Not everyone got to belly up to the bar or party in public yesterday. Despite Jurgen Klinsmann’s “sick note,” many people actually had to go to work yesterday. The Tampa Tribune perfectly captured an office scene that must must have been repeated in thousands of conference rooms across the country.
New York’s Daily News follows up its incredibly inspiring Jermaine Jones front page from yesterday with a tantalizing close-up of the World Cup trophy. Jaundiced Europeans might roll their eyes at the stereotypical American optimism embodied by their sub-head “We play Belgium Tuesday just four wins from glory.”
Los Angeles’ La Opinion takes a unique angle in highlighting how this has become “America’s Cup” with North, Central, and South American countries dominating at the expense of European powers. Miami’s el Nuevo Herald leads with a clever double entendre headline, “La Ilusion se Mantiene Viva,” which means, “The dream is still alive.” But interpreted literally, “illusion” aptly describes the euphoric party mood that has temporarily entranced the nation. A hangover Wednesday morning could hurt.