Soccer Down Here
35 years ago today (again)
The first World Cup final I watched live was 35 years ago today. I was a diehard Argentina fan for all of a few weeks and was ready to watch the final on Channel 11 in Atlanta. It's still the best World Cup final I've seen, with the Albiceleste going up 2-0 in the second half only to lose the lead (the most dreaded lead in soccer) before Diego Maradona picked out the run of Jorge Burruchaga with a perfect pass to bring the trophy to Buenos Aires.
One of the most amazing things about the match, and it is featured in the video below, was José Luis Brown playing through the end of the match with a separated shoulder. He tore a hole in jersey to stick his thumb in to provide a little bit of comfort as a makeshift sling. Relive the highlights below: