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I visited one of the local casinos to see how World Cup coverage changed after the United States was removed from competition. Several screens were airing the Argentina/Germany game in the Sports Book area. Other televisions scattered around the main gaming area of the casino were tuned to the game, as well. There were perhaps fifteen people seated and following the game, with comments on players, coaches, fans, moves, and calls by the referees. Other fans stopped to check how the game was going, and some people passed the time by discussing prior games in the 2010 playoffs.

Finding a comfortable chair in an isolated corner, I started following the game. Since "those in the know" had predicted an energetic, concentrated sweep by Argentina over the Germans, I was impressed to see Germany's team working together to rout Argentina. Several comments were made about the enthusiasm and hope emanating from the fans and the coaching staff. Other viewers expressed amazement at the athletic ability and stamina possessed by members of both teams. Why local interest waned It's my personal opinion that much of the temporary local interest in soccer dwindled when the U.S.

team was eliminated from competition. Other nations do not seem so fickle. One of our friends from Mexico took off work and traveled to South Africa to watch the World Cup. When Mexico lost its opportunity to advance, he returned home, but said soccer fans would continue to watch and support other teams. Another friend from Brazil said her country was in a soccer frenzy while competing, with many activities planned for the populace.

Once their team was out of the running, Brazil's soccer fans chose their next favorite teams to cheer on to victory. Activities Awareness from other cities and countries I looked at one website for Chicago, www.africachicago.com, urging people to "Celebrate Africa." Listing the many events planned around Chicago, including soccer parties and concerts at arenas and viewing parties in myriad locations, it made me realize Northern Nevada's plans were dull by comparison.

There are many soccer fans in this part of the state - why weren't activities announced with fervor?! Another website, www.northwood.org.uk, talks about the Football World Cup 2010 in South Africa. It has educational games for children and adults, including word search and http://slotoff.com/ maps. What a great idea! When you combine learning with fun, the response is very positive and the audience learns, sometimes without knowing that's the purpose. Thanks for the ideas - Next time will be great This World Cup is still going, and I am already planning local events for the next one, using ideas found on the web.

Stay tuned, because there will be many happenings next World's Cup.

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