Tonight we took the Cameroon-Denmark World Cup game in a bar. Cameroon scored within the first 12 minutes and the bar erupted into shouts and cheers. The man next to me violently threw away his table and hopped onto of it. Towering above the crowd he made his voice heard above the din as he hollered and danced about. The celebration was so intense that the large screen television on which the game was being viewed became unplugged.
Shots on goal were celebrated just slightly less than goals – a pair of women threatened to pick each other up each time a shot was made and playfully sparred with each other in the process.
I was completely comprised by the lack of bemoanments after Denmark tied the score. Furthermore, the bar patrons didn’t even protest the call of the referee which were at times bad. It was an interesting contrast to the host of jeers aimed at referees commonly heard while taking in a game at a bar or with friends in the states.