Whether you're into football—or soccer—or not, an awful lot of Montclair residents were watching TV on Sunday afternoon as Alessandro Diamanti scored the decisive penalty kick to give Italy a 4-2 shootout win over England and a place in the European Championship semifinals.
London newspapers, of course, were filled with news of the game. But that's not all they were filled with.
On Sunday, the headline on the front page of London's popular Guardian newspaper asked "Are Americans Warming Up To Rugby?"
Good question. Are they?
According to the article, "The Olympics will bring fame, funding and the chance to produce a team successful enough to seduce newcomers. Vitally, television coverage is expanding and a 2010 survey by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association found that rugby was the fastest-growing team sport in the US.
"There's something stirring here, in a country with a gluttonous appetite for sport. Rugby's advocates argue its principles mesh perfectly with the American disposition: individual talent in a team context, fair play, and respect in an aggressive, dynamic and tough environment."
In Montclair, the Rugby Club is a member of the New York—Metropolitan Rugby Union. Indeed, Montclair has been a member in the union since the team's inception in 1976. There's also a thriving rugby team at Montclair State University.
"I watch soccer or football, American football, rugby, baseball, basketball, all sports ... I think Americans are certainly watching soccer more ... not so sure about rugby," said Montclair resident Dan Latimer.
So what do you think? Can rugby ever become as popular in the United States as football or baseball?
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