All for you
Many of you have been sending me pictures, videos and tweets from across the country. In amongst the bright jerseys and team chants, I've gotten a couple different responses:
- "Really you want to see us celebrating?"
- "Where me and my friends are watching the game isn't anything special, is it?"
- "I can talk directly to you and you'll put up my team chant video on TV?"
- "You really care about how passionate we are for our country?"
The answer to all of the above is...yes. We want to have the chance to show how you are living and breathing this beautiful game.
Now, I may be a bit biased because I've met so many amazing fans over the start of the finals. But, I think we can be safe in saying, footy fans drive this sport. The passion, the true love for the game that you all bring to the table is what makes great football stars step onto that pitch to do battle each and every day. It's what makes entire countries stand united every four years.
Well, with Pulse of the Nation that is exactly what I get to bring to the forefront. And I want you to do what these guys did for me. Send me your pictures. Send me your stories and I'll put them on the televison and here.
So fly your flag proudly, wear your war paint with assurance that your voice will be heard over the buzz of the vuvuzelas.
This is your grandstand.
Canada, this is all for you.
And, every once and a while you've let me know that you like having a home base for your football experience.
Thanks for helping drive this coast-to-coast conversation Canada. I'm here if you need to chat or want to share some pictures/video of your cheering section.
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About the Author
Saphia Khambalia, says this year's final in South Africa holds a special meaning to her. Khambalia spent time on the continent getting to know her East African roots, and filmed a documentary profiling the lives of young orphaned children. She saw first hand the incredible power that soccer has in Africa. "Soccer in Africa isn't just a game, it's a way of life...and now with the 2010 World Cup, it's also an opportunity for all of Africa to welcome the world."