Yes, I was rooting for Ghana to beat the U.S.A.
Unpatriotic? No, but I'm a brand purist. Our sovereign brand smells of chewing tobacco and glove oil. When it comes to sports America excels at baseball and helmet-to-helmet style football. Other nations – especially the sorrow-torn peoples of the developing world – must have their soccer. They must play it and win. Soccer-style football means so much to them and so little to us.
What if Ghana fielded a baseball team – and beat the L.A. Dodgers? It would be like North Korea holding an international fashion show – and making French women look dowdy. No, Ghana will not beat us in baseball, and we shouldn't beat them in (whatever you call this game where you can't use your hands except for theatrical gestures).
Baseball – the U.S.A. – is unique... and uniquely influential worldwide – both respected and resented for our values and power. Our sports reflect and reinforce our culture. I hope the Ghanas of the world – proud, struggling nations with aspirations of their own – thrash the United States every time we presumptuously attempt to play their game.