P__ reports that her federal agency employees took the day off yesterday to watch the US lose at soccer.
I am intrigued by the educated urbanite reaction to the World Cup. It may be that this many people simply enjoy watching soccer. I propose it is something slightly different.
Taking the day off to watch a World Cup game is a signal of one's being smart, urban, and worldly. It is akin to conspicuous shopping at Whole Foods, carrying yoga mats, driving a Car2Go car-share smart car, and scoffing at Justice Thomas without actually first reading his opinions.
The closest analogy that comes to mind is the Alabama -- or Auburn -- partisan, who (I believe) gains substantially less from watching an American football game, which is little more than a forum to consume bad beer and Doritos, than he/she does from signalling membership in a group.
No offense to the true fans among us. I know you exist. I just don't think you number nearly enough to shut down business in the capital of the free world.