The World Cup trophy is currently touring six cities in the United States, and one of them is Boston. Last night, Kim and I went to see it at Ipanema, a Brazilian restaurant in Framingham. It was a lot of fun! I thought it would be a madhouse, but we got there a little bit late, so the line wasn't too bad. I predicted the crowd would be all Brazilians, but most of the people in line were Italy fans. There were also a lot of families, which isn't a surprise, because so many kids here play soccer. And lots and lots of dudes. And free beer due to a Budweiser promotion, but for some reason, I was the only one who got offered it (maybe because Kim and I were the only girls in line over the age of 12). The trophy itself is smaller than I imagined (it's no Stanley Cup), but it's pretty darn cool. It's solid gold and guarded by a badass dude wearing a tuxedo and white gloves. We waited in line to get out photo taken on stage with the cup, but due to the unflattering camera angle, the resulting photo is most appropriately entitled The World Cup and The World's Biggest Double Chin:
The Herald says it's a replica, but I don't believe them.