NEW YORK — As you probably already know, the U.S. women’s national team, fresh off of winning the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and being shuttled back and forth between press engagements, took over lower Manhattan this afternoon. New York City gave the world champions the parade they deserved as the U.S. team floated down Broadway to City Hall, escorted by thousands of screaming fans and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio.
I took to the New York City streets to take the temperature of lower Manhattan during World Cup champion mania. This is what I found:
1. People are shameless and God bless America
*phone rings; it’s 8 a.m.*
Store manager: “Quickly. Go in the back. And take out everything, anything red, white or blue and put it out front with a for sale sign. Patriots will be in the neighborhood.”
Store clerk: “But it says 4th of July on the signs.” (Look at the sign again.)
Store manager: “Go. Get. That. Shit. Now.”
2. People are shameless and God bless America
For real. If it wasn’t nailed down, they were selling it.
3. In lower Manhattan, home to Wall Street, any reason is the perfect reason to drink
What do you think of when you think of America winning? Eagles? Nope. Vodka tastings. All day vodka tastings. For America. I mean, they’re still doing vodka tastings and the parade and ceremony have been over for a hot minute.
Thank you, world champions, for a reason for Broadway Liquors to serve vodka all day.
4. Some people have flexible work schedules
5. Thank you Jesus. I think for Alex Morgan, but I’m not sure.
This was hands down my favorite sign of the day, and these folks were cool. They were having a grand old time.
6. Even the brooms in lower Manhattan were patriotic
7. This was also a day to support entrepreneurs
If you feel a slight boost over the weekend, that’s just the U.S. women’s national team fixing the economy. Entrepreneurs took to the Manhattan streets to sell all sorts of fine wares. U.S. women’s national team shirts were for sale, as were Kevin Hart concert shirts and, of course, selfie sticks.
I actually thought about buying one before I slapped myself and got my senses together.
8. Competition breeds greatness
This is as close as I got to the action. A little bribery and maybe a few elderly people nudged into bushes or on-coming traffic, but this is still as close as I got. But that’s because I’m not important, even though I did brave two delays because of some train issue. (Note: I don’t believe there was a train issue; I just think they shut down subway stops in lower Manhattan as some sort of measure to control madness. *shrugs*)
But still, it was a beautiful day to celebrate. I didn’t get on stage to hug Mayor De Blasio, as planned, but I did get to spend time with some lovely people. Lots of lovely people, in fact. So many lovely people that I couldn’t help but think:
So that was my afternoon at the U.S. women’s national team parade. Good times.