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There are many sayings in the world of sports. One of them is, "You win some, you lose some." Today, Egypt both won and lost. The people of Egypt happily lost a dictator, and won (what they hope to be) a newfound freedom.
Today we have to step back from the world of sports and recognize the historic day that the youth of Egypt have given us. It's not every day a dictator steps down, and it's definitely a sign of the times when social media plays such an important role in such a series of events. It's exciting, revealing, provocative and unsettling all at the same time.
But what caught my attention on the radio this morning were comments that we haven't seen this level of excitement and celebration in the streets of Cairo since the World Cup. Don't misinterpret; I'm not comparing a soccer game to an historical change in the country's leadership. What I thought was remarkable was how the correspondent on the radio used soccer as a means to relate the celebration and euphoria in Egypt.
You may think this is nothing, but I see the incredible influence team sports have in everyone's life – including a country's culture. When someone mentions a soccer game celebration, a majority of the world’s population knows exactly what that means. Don’t take the effect of team sports on our world lightly. It’s more powerful than we realize.