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September 8, 2010

Trapped Miners Get To Watch Chile Match


If you haven’t been keeping track of the trapped Chilean miners, it’s a pretty crazy story. Imagine being trapped in a room with 32 other guys more than 2,000 feet underground. That’s even scarier than being a Citeh fan.

But just because you’re trapped in a mine doesn’t mean you care any less about soccer. Hell, we barely survived this past weekend around here, and we’re above ground!

I get cabin fever after about 5 hours, so I can only imagine what these men are going through. Luckily, they got a welcome diversion on Tuesday.

Officials working to free the men from their underground tomb were able to send down a mini projector attached to fiber-optic wire that allowed the minersĀ to watch the international friendly between Chile and Ukraine.

True, the Chileans lost 2-1, but is that really the point?

This is one of those cool moments when it’s again clear that soccer is a unifying force in the world. It makes a guy feel good to know that these brave men, who are facing incredible odds, have soccer to bring them together and to provide them with a respite from their own despair.

The miners look like they will be trapped for at least another month or so at least. After 34 days already. They have taken on tasks in the cave below to keep order and sanity. Let’s hope they get to watch another match before they get out. Hopefully, one in which their team (or teams) win.

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