Sunday, June 20, 2010

Vuvuzelas on College Street

(click to read this post with an authentic audio experience, then click here to escape!)

As I mentioned in my last post, College Street is one of the city's main gathering places to watch Italy play in the World Cup (or Euro Cup or whatever else is going). Here was the scene this morning during the match with New Zealand:

College & Clinton
All of the north part of Clinton street was covered with tents for the fans watching the screens at Cafe Diplomatico. Bicycle cops stood at the ready to protect the city from rowdy Italian celebrations. Turns out, the crowd was quite subdued due to the unexpected course of the game...

bike cops anticipate rowdy crowds?
at the Cafe Diplomatico
Clinton Street


(zooming in to see the one lonely Kiwi draped in the New Zealand flag)

More anxiety among Italy fans down the street:





I watched the clock run out at Il Gatto Nero at College and Crawford. There was a definite air of tension and frustration.





At the final whistle when the draw was made official, the Italian fans were uncharacteristically quiet. The rest of the world, however, adores a good underdog story! I got my smirking self out of view and home to watch the recap.

Sorry!!! We are tied with NZ.

UPDATE 5pm:
On a trip to the grocery store, I passed Il Gatto Nero again and noted that the local Brazil supporters were having a much better day of it.

Brazil Party Time 1
Brazil Party Time 2

1 comment :

schnerg said...

Ha! Yes that was a sight wasn't it!! I didn't see you but I did see the guy with the Kiwi flag, he was pretty ballsy I thought, people were not appreciating the humor for the most part.

For my video, I was actually wearing a disguise: wife-beater, flip flops, Prada shades, and an Italy baseball hat that I unwittingly bought without knowing what it was. (Seriously - I didn't want anybody to get bent out of shape at my smug contentedness.)

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