The key to enjoying any sport is to fully embrace the addiction. To a non-golfer watching grown men walk down a fairway to club a small ball toward a green is perverse torture. The true golfer, however, embraces the tension before the hit, observes the swing with care, relishes the ball’s flight to the green and joins the crowd in the oohs and aahs that follow. Looks like madness to an outsider — and it is an exquisite, diverting and addicting form of madness.
To the uninitiated, soccer surely seems the same. For those of us who have caught the bug, however, the World Cup is a lovely summertime diversion. Here are seven things I like about it: