The entire world, except for Americans, will likely be rooting for Japan to win the women's World Cup on Sunday. And rightly so given the cataclysmic earthquake and tsunami the nation experienced and all the horrible fall-out that has ensued. I feel bad for the people of Japan that this event happened.
They need an emotional lift more than Americans. And winning the World Cup would deliver that. Yet as an American, I would like to see the U.S. team win. So I'm torn. I will also feel bad if my country's team wins because we will have taken joy from a troubled nation.
Soccer doesn't seem to matter much when you compare it to mass devastation and loss of life that the natural disasters caused. It's just a game, a diversion for fans seeking escape from their daily lives filled with challenges and pressures. Natural disasters and massive loss of life are as far from a game as you can get. So this final World Cup match is one of those unusual situations when I will be happy if either team wins. Usually it's more polarizing for me, with only one team's victory being satisfying.
I have a sneaking suspicion this may be Japan's time and the team will somehow pull off the upset. Yet often, which is one of the beauties of sports, what we expect to happen, what we have a feeling might happen, doesn't happen.
This is a classic toss up for me all the way around. Go Japan. Go U.S.