At 4:00 yesterday, I settled in to the couch with a beer and some chips and dip to watch the US play Belgium. Spoiler alert, we lost. But it was a nice respite from attending to other duties. Last week, we had to go to a bar to watch since we had no tv in our house. I told Geeky Boy that I liked doing that because I felt like I was part of a community kind of instantly. A similar thing happened when we wandered down the street to find ourselves in the middle of a concert. I don’t think he quite felt the same way, but he lives communally right now (thanks to college), so he has groups of people around him pretty constantly.
That communal feeling is only partly captured via social media. A Twitter chat can sometimes feel like we’re all in this together. But it’s not quite the same as being in the same room with a bunch of people all watching the same thing at the same time. That is, I guess, the appeal of sports more generally. I have had other sports moments besides the World Cup, but I am not what one might call a super sports fan. I look for these moments, though, whether for sports or other things because connecting without the mediation of technology is important and rarer than one might hope.