In honor of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil Steve Van Doren decided to host his own, Van Doren Style. Yesterday Steve brought out the 3 Sk8-Hi Cars to the Side Stripe Stadium along with Christian Hosoi and Jeff Grosso to kick the ball around the field and the Waffle World Cup was born. Griffin Collins of Vans Skate and Jerry Batters of Vans BMX were on goal tending duties.
The folly of youth is thinking itself invincible; so the adage of not declaring a man as having lived a happy life until he is on his deathbed still holds true mainly because of youth’s naïveté. Diego Maradona isn’t dead –in fact he’s full of life; recently recorded participating in a street fight after a night out—but he is an old man, and from his own words, he’s much older than his age suggests. In a recent interview with TyC Sports, Diego lamented that if he had not taken drugs, he would be a phenomenal player, adding “However, my daughters know that their old man - even though I am 53 years old - in reality it is as if I am 78 because my life has not been normal. It’s as if I had lived 80 years.“
There are two tragedies in this story: One of lost time and talent in the sense that the best player to ever bully and prance through a football pitch could have somehow been better, and the more funereal allegory of an ancient tragedy; the same characteristics that makes a hero endearing and admirable, become the cause of his downfall. Achilles with pride, Diego and grit.
As Terry Pratchett said, “The thing about football - the important thing about football - is that it is not just about football.” The World Cup is as big as sport comes, and in truth that’s because it extends so far into culture, music, and even politics. We’re a few days away, but Live Breathe Futbol is already celebrating.