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June 26, 2014

WALLACE: On the World Cup bandwagon

Tonawanda News — I have to admit it, I have World Cup fever. It didn’t start off that way. I have never actually watched a World Cup prior to this year and am not a big soccer, or futbol as the rest of the world likes to call it, fan.  

But the one thing I am is a huge bandwagon jumper. I can unabashedly admit that if a lot of people, or most of the world in this case, get behind a cause then I am right there behind them shouting USA, USA. 

I actually have a proud history of bandwagon jumping. My first foray onto the bandwagon was way back in the early ‘90s when the Buffalo Bills won their first AFC Championship and were headed to their first ever Super Bowl. 

But honestly, how could you not jump on that bandwagon? I mean it was everywhere. I worked at the local McDonald’s and every Friday we got to cast off the bland brown uniform and trade it for jeans and a Bill’s T-shirt or jersey. That was pretty much the norm at any fast-food restaurant, grocery store or other local business in Western New York leading up to the championship. The Bills really did make everyone “want to shout” back then, but for good reasons not bad ones.

And that first bandwagon begrudgingly lasted four long and ultimately disappointing years. I mean, I am still a Bills fan but without quite the zest and zeal of those early ‘90 years. 

But back to my history of bandwagon jumping. In the mid to late ‘90s, it was all about “Mike” for me, Michael Jordan that is and his Chicago Bulls. Again, after never really being that into basketball, I found myself never missing a Bulls game on TV. I watched with everyone else as “Air Jordan” seemed to really fly through the air. 

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