In it's bid for either the 2018 or 2022 World Cup, the U.S. has announced that its trimmed the number of cities where Cup games would be held to 18. And Seattle has made the cut.
It's hard to spin this news as anything other than a good thing. After all, even though many Americans see the Super Bowl as the end-all be-all of over-the-top sporting extravaganza, on a global scale nothing comes close to the World Cup.
Of course, with the pride of nations literally hanging in the balance comes a lot of intensity amongst soccer fans. And from intense soccer fans are born hooligans.
Downtown Seattle shows its sporting-game mettle every Sunday during the fall and at one-off events like this year's MLS Cup. But neither Seahawks nor Salt Lake fans can match the pure brutishness of hooligans like the ones exported from England every four years. (As witnessed in the video above and in the personalized body armor -- available in all your favorite team colors -- being sold in advance of this year's World Cup in South Africa.)
Acknowledging that Seattle's history in crowd control is, to say the least, a wee bituneven, would it be so terrible if, come December when the list of 18 host cities gets trimmed down to 12, we were among those six who also got "snubbed"?