I just wrapped up my "meeting" with Algeria and all I can say is WOW... It took about 91 minutes, but Landon Donovan came through for USA in the 2010 FIFA World Cup game against Algeria. Now I'm not saying that there was a complete work stoppage (i.e. think Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate Sudden Death, circa US Open 2008), but the noise level has increased tremendously now that the USA v Algeria game is over. If you missed the meeting request, USA won 1-0.
The population around here has gone from 4 to at least 30 by now. Basically, it was an "all-hands" team building session and morale is up in the office as a result.
I wasn't able to join the meeting until the last 8 minutes, but from what I understand USA scored twice, but had their goals taken away with two offsides calls. De ja vu... Just saying.
With about 15 mins left in the "meeting", my friend gave me an update that it was tied at 0 (i.e. the Bears were winning <-- Ferris Bueller reference). He told me that USA had to win to advance, since it looked like Slovenia was going to lose to England.
I "videoconferenced" into the meeting to watch the final goal and see the USA team hold the lead. Meeting over and it's lunch time...
I wonder what people will be talking about?!?!
By the way, have you seen Landon Donovan's ESPN commercial yet? If not, here you go.
And of course there's more to the story for Algeria... Have you seen this Fanhouse article? It appears that after the USA v Algeria match, Algeria's Rafik Saifi slapped a female reporter. In response, female reporter, Asma Halimi, punched him in the mouth. Nice, huh...
Can't we all just get along?