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Graceland To Be A Hunka Hunka Burning Love For The U.S. World Cup Squad

Ladies and gentlemen, Landon Donovan has left the building!

No, the lone goal scorer for the U.S. World Cup team in their knockout round-clinching victory over Slovenia hasn’t quite reached folk hero status on par with the King of Rock & Roll (yet), but Graceland, Elvis Presley’s iconic home in Memphis will play a role in the celebration of the team’s victory.

Via a report from The Canadian Press:

Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis will glow a bright red, white and blue in support of the U.S. football team competing at the World Cup.

The home will be illuminated in the lights beginning Thursday night.

Memphis area youth who play in the Mid South Futbol Club will flip a ceremonial switch in front of the home to light up the premises.

Graceland officials made the announcement Wednesday night. Presley lived at Graceland from 1957 until his death in 1977. It’s now a tourist attraction.

Really? It’s now a tourist attraction? When did this happen and why didn’t anyone tell me about this development?

Anyhoo, my ignorance of the fact that people actually travel to Graceland aside, it’s pretty cool what the caretakers of Graceland have decided to do to show their support and get the RV-traveling mongrels who grace Graceland’s graceful grounds day after day a little pumped up about the U.S.’s upcoming match with Ghana. But here’s a piece advice for the U.S. squad: don’t adhere Elvis’ dietary plan as they prepare for the match. Fried peanut butter, banana and barbiturate sandwiches aren’t good for anybody. Obviously.

Presley’s Graceland to support US World Cup soccer team with special lights [The Canadian Press]