OK, it's a longer-than-long shot — but we're used to those. As you'll remember, Nashvillians put forth a surprisingly strong effort to convince the World Cup governing body FIFA that not only should the 2022 World Cup be hosted in the U.S of A., it should be held right here in Music City.
That dream got shot down in December when the honors went to the tiny but super-rich Middle Eastern country of Qatar — at which point the entire world did a spit-take. Now a scandal over bribery accusations is gaining serious traction, and an angry international contingent is calling for the 2022 World Cup to find another host. And if that happens, the U.S. is considered one of the front-runners (with Australia a particularly strong rival).
Could Nashville get another shot at the Cup? Music City was one of 18 cities under consideration had the U.S. gotten the nod. So fan those flickers of hope. We may be short on vuvuzelas, but nobody can say we're lacking in balls.