World Cup Fever
Hello good people! It is world cup time, and down here at Bear central have got the fever! Bear #3 and Bear #4 have been cheering on Japan, while Monsieur Bear has of course been rooting for France. The games have been on at 4:30 am (ouch!), 7:00 am, and 11:30 am for us folks out here on the west coast, but that hasn’t stopped us! Bars are opening at 6:00 am to show the games, and a German restaurant in town even opened at 4:00 in the morning to show the Germany/Serbia game! Bear #3 and #4 had been talking for days in advance about the Japan/Cameroon game. They were crazy excited to go watch it. The morning of the game, they woke me up at 5:30 by jumping up and down on my head… Of course they are very soft and lightweight, so I think it took a lot of jumping for them to roust me from my slumber.. After a quick cup of tea, we made ourselves look presentable and jumped on the train, headed for the Mercury lounge to watch the game..
Japan vs Cameroon (Did you see that!?)
We arrived at the bar, and found ourselves a nice corner with a good view of the television. The place was surprisingly crowded for being so early.. We ordered some “breakfast burritos” to share with the Bears and settled in for the game.
As the teams were coming out onto the field and getting ready to play, Bear #3 started jumping around like a Bear possessed! She whispered something into my girlfriends ear, then ran over to the other Bears and started excitedly talking to them.. I asked my girlfriend what she had said.
“She said she just saw Bear #1 and #2 on the field with the Japan team..”
“Did you see them?”
I hadn’t seen them either… While I trust Bear #3 (as much as a human can trust a Bear!), I was sure that it was just a hallucination brought on by over excitation and too much candy.. When I suggested this, she shook her head and disappointedly turned back to watch the game..
What a game it was! The whole bar went crazy when Keisuke Honda scored right before the end of the first half (apparently everyone in the bar was rooting for Japan)! We spent half-time talking about how great it would be if Japan won this game.. The Bears pointed out that it would be the first World Cup game Japan ever won away from home- Cool! Even Monsieur Bear was swept up in the festive mood. He was going from table to table congratulating people on the goal, but gently reminding them how France won the World cup in 1998 and what great soccer players the French are in general..
The second half began, and for the rest of the match we were all on edge as Cameroon’s relentless attacks were repeatedly absorbed by Japan’s excellent defense. When the match finally came to a close, we all sprang to our feet to enjoy Japan’s well earned victory! The owner of the bar brought out the champagne (such decadent thrills go hand in hand with early morning football) and we all toasted! As I was talking to my girlfriend, Monsieur Bear sauntered over to us and began to speak (you must imagine his French accent)…
” Monsieur, I believe I have seen our friends as well.. That is to say monsieur, I have just seen z’ Bear #1 and Bear #2 on the television cheering in the crowd amongst the Japan fans.. Mon Dieu, it gave me a shock!!”
Could it be?
Later that afternoon, Bear #3 and Monsieur Bear remained insistent on what they had seen. We all agreed we had better go back and take a closer look at the footage from that game. We all gathered around the computer and watched the broadcast from the beginning. The Bears were crowded around the monitor searching the screen for signs of Bears..
Sure enough, they were right! Here is what we found..
I apologized to Bear #3 for not believing her when she had told us about seeing the Bears. She said it was alright as long as we all watched the next Japan game..
At least our Bears are out there having a great time!
Good luck to the Japan team! We hope the game against Denmark tomorrow is a victory!!!!
Keep your eyes open for any Bears running around on the field, trying to get in on the action. I know Bear #1 always wanted to be a soccer star!