Getting into World Cup does present some challenges for the average American sports fan, though. It's easy to hate the Yankees or a team that's chosen a racist slur for its nickname, for instance, but hating a whole country? I mean, if it was Germany, I could think of some reasons, but Portugal? I honestly couldn't even tell you which side of the Atlantic that place is on, but you get a different kind of heckling when the crowd is full of bicycle mechanics and philosophy professors. The most stinging anti-Portugal slur I heard all night was when the guy behind me, Dr. Michael Burns, Ph.D., yelled, "You don't even have your own distinct food culture!" But even he couldn't maintain the vitriol and when I asked him if he really said that, he guiltily admitted that he did, but added the qualifier, "as far as I know." Clearly tempers were flaring.