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The Huddle isn’t exactly new for Evan Weissman’s “civic health club,” Warm Cookies of the Revolution, but today marks the first time he’s paired soccer with political discussions at an event that’s heretofore been all about the American style of “football.” But the World Cup in Brazil preempts just about...
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The Huddle isn’t exactly new for Evan Weissman’s “civic health club,” Warm Cookies of the Revolution, but today marks the first time he’s paired soccer with political discussions at an event that’s heretofore been all about the American style of “football.” But the World Cup in Brazil preempts just about everything sporty this month, and today at the McNichols Building in Civic Center Park, it’ll be all about the U.S. facing off against Ghana on a giant screen, at least in the beginning. That’s where things get even more interesting.

“Sports people actually know lots of stuff, and they’re really into their stuff,” Weissman says. “And that shows a lot of promise. I’ve always said that if you want to see two men engaged in conversation, go to a sports bar. But if you tap into those folks and get them involved in civic issues, that right there is the revolution.” So at halftime, Weissman will begin a conversation about the activism being stirred up by the 2014 World Cup, exploring the question of who makes the behind-the-scenes decisions when preparing for an international sports event. And fortunately, because the other thing sports aficionados like to do during a game is wet their whistles, there will be beer available, in place of the usual warm cookies.

Get ready to dust up on soccer and Third World issues: The Huddle kicks off at 3:30 p.m. at the McNichols, 144 West Colfax Avenue, and admission is free. Visit warmcookiesoftherevolution.org for details.
Mon., June 16, 3:30 p.m., 2014

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