Toasting the Cup |

Toasting the Cup

The England national soccer team captain David Beckham, left, signs autographs for fans after taking part in a training session for the World Cup at Mittelbergstadion in Buehlertal, Germany, Tuesday June 6, 2006. England are due to face Paraguay, Trinidad and Tobago and Sweden in their Group B games at the World Cup. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Get this: You are a human being. You (most likely) have eyes, ears and feet, and you (almost certainly) call Planet Earth home. Which is why, being the human being that you are, today is a very special day for you. Because today, June 9, as of 6 p.m. in Germany, your game, the world’s game – football (you probably call it soccer) – has once again risen to the world’s stage: The World Cup. Thirty-two countries, from the Ivory Coast to Mexico, Italy to Japan, have arrived in Germany to figure out, after four years of fussing, which football team really is the best in the world. It could be England, the country credited with creating the game in the 19th century; Brazil, the country that subsequently mastered it; or a country you’ve never heard of before, like Serbia or Montenegro.This is a big deal. You should be excited. You should, embracing the unmistakable mirth of the moment, throw this article down and head to the closest bar covering the Cup.

Following, then, are a few bars which plan to cover the event. None of them seem to be as excited as you surely are, but head on in and make your preferences known.The Moose Jaw: “If it’s on television, we’ll have it on,” said Jimmy Jacox, a bartender at the Jaw. “We won’t be doing anything special for it, though,” he added. “Especially if it has a conflict with hockey.”Murphy’s Food & Spirits: “We just plan on putting it on. We’re not really doing anything exciting for it,” said J.D. Hindorff of Murphy’s. “We have a real local crowd – not too interested in soccer. We watch motocross more often.”

Farleys Chophouse: “I would imagine (that we’ll be covering the USA games),” said George Tousey, owner of Farleys. “I haven’t even seen the schedule, to be honest. We do have a flat-screen (TV) over the bar, though.”

Dillon Dam Brewery: “The World Cup. You mean the soccer?” asked Chris Blankenship, assistant manager at the Dillon Dam Brewery. I don’t know what plans we might have. We have a satellite system. I’d imagine we’d be interested in it. We put on any sporting event for anyone who wants to watch it.”Burke and Riley’s Pub: “They’ll be on,” Angel, a bartender/manager at the pub, assured. “We’re not opening at 7 a.m. or 10 a.m., but we’ll definitely be showing it, cause it’s on the local channels.”

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