Watching the Eagles
Since there were a few questions about where to watch the Rugby World Cup, I wanted to point people to Fritz Hahn's Going Out Gurus blog, which has a nice roundup of local viewing options. I'm trying to find the best place to watch the Eagles' game on Wednesday; anyone up for meeting out? I'm actually typing this from Solly's on U Street, where I've watched the USA Eagles play quite admirably, despite a 21-3 halftime deficit against England. There's a decent crowd here, too. Although I just got an e-mail from Setanta giving me a comp password to watch all the RWC online, which, let's be honest, is a nice perk of this job.
This, though, will interest all of you:
According to a study in the British Medical Journal, the number of heart attacks in Britain rose by 25 per cent when England lost to Argentina in a penalty shootout in 1998....A Swiss study found a 60 per cent increase in cardiac arrests among the general adult Swiss population during the broadcast of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Psychological stress and anger are documented triggers for heart attacks.
So take it easy tomorrow with all these important televised soccer and rugby matches. And NFL games. And the rest.
If anyone is interested in the RWC but needs a brief primer, this is a pretty nice introduction from The Independent. And if you want some machinations, people are already suggesting that it would be in Australia's best interest to fall down during group play to get an easier path to the finals.
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