Art imitates life; life imitates art. Nothing new there.
But my life, yesterday, was imitating CONCACAF. Not just any old aspect of the local soccer confederation, I speak of the World Cup qualifying tournament.
Here’s the group standings going into yesterday’s games.
As you can plainly see, after winning one game a week ago, Mexico leapfrogged out of the trouble zone. There’s a bit of a clusterfrack going on at the top, but at least it’s at the top. Three teams all have 7 points. Panama is closing in with 6, and Honduras and Jamaica are bringing up the rear.
After the games, the board got shuffled a bit. US beat Panama and set itself as the sole leader of the conference. Honduras picked up a few points by beating Jamaica. And Mexico did what it does — it didn’t lose — to Costa Rica. They tied.
So now this is what the most current standings look like.
And now, my life (which in this instance will be portrayed by my bowling league).
Competition is tight. There are 10 teams and two are tied with 12 points at the top of the leader board. Yours truly, among them (kinda like Mexico). The next three teams have 11 points. And so on …
Going into Tuesday night’s games, there was a strong sense to not mess up (kinda like Mexico).
But, when all was said and done, 14 Dollar Salad came away splitting the difference. We won two games, lost two. So, we tied (kinda like Mexico).
And because other teams were living up to their respective pressures, we fell in the standings (kinda like Mexico).
Not down and out, by any means, but definitely a little further down than anyone would like to be (kinda like … ).
PHOTOS: CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying standings on June 7 and June 11. My bowling standings after Week 5.