Just returned from the barn-burner men’s Olympic soccer match between Argentina and Ivory Coast at Shanghai Stadium. The Argentines pulled it out at the end for a 2-1 win. All in all – a fantastic atmosphere in the stands. Great fans, great overall spirit, and, as far as I’m concerned, this was the Opening Ceremonies. I’ll have more to say, and more photos to share, in the morning. But, tonight, a deadline. So, this one will have to do …
Actually, I’m going to post one more. Half-way through the first match (the under-card between Australia and Serbia), somebody started the wave. And the wave was successful. And then the scoreboard flashed this:
I can’t say that I’ve spent a whole lot of time in soccer stadiums over the last few years. So, could someone please enlighten me: is the ‘Mexican Wave’ – as opposed to “The Wave” – a common term/thing? Or is it just a weird Fuwa thing? I’d really like to know.
[UPDATE: Shows what I know. Long-time Scrap friend, Humberto, comments (below) that the term Mexican Wave is quite common. This is news to me, but not – I’m afraid – to the rest of the world. A brief google search would have set me straight. I’ve been visiting stadiums, with waves, for most of my adult life. How could I have missed this? Is it – like soccer – something that just doesn’t get much play in US stadiums? In my defense, the two US passport holders who joined me this evening were equally ignorant (sorry, M&A).]