Somebody has to speak out for Iceland.
We wrote in Wednesday's Observer about the Mexican soccer team, which will play Iceland today at Bank of America Stadium. We wrote about the reception the team received when it pulled into the parking lot of its hotel.
What about Iceland's reception? When the Icelanders pulled into the parking lot of their hotel, did the Icelanders who have relocated to Charlotte go crazy?
We write as if all the fans will be supporting Mexico. I tell you, the zeal the Icelanders have for soccer is as great as it is almost anywhere, and that includes Greenland, the North Pole and, I'm not exaggerating, the South Pole.
Every spring in Iceland, when the sun finally peaks out and the temperature moves above zero, kids go out and play soccer. Since the land is frozen -- thus, Iceland -- they kick a little iceberg around and it slides around that ice and kids will play for hours, or until they go numb from the cold and are never heard from again.
Either way, they love the sport. And when they play Mexico today, don't be surprised when you see fans waving the Icelandic flag, which I've never seen but probably is quite attractive. To get in the mood, I might go to one of Charlotte's many Icelandic restaurants today.
See you there.