It was 86 degrees in London without taking into account humidity, and matches around the Premier League saw “drink breaks” midway through the first and second halves.
Folks in England may’ve found the breaks a bit unusual, and at worst folks of a different generation may’ve issued an “In my day, we just died of dehydration because men were men”.
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Here in the United States, however, the breaks were met with derisory shouts. After all, it’s going to be 103 in Phoenix and 94 in Miami today.
Landon Donovan was unimpressed.
— Landon Donovan (@landondonovan) August 22, 2015
Contrast that with Xherdan Shaqiri’s take on his Premier League debut:
“It was unbelievably hot! I was not expecting this in England. But I am glad to be here – it is the best league in the world.”
Others disagreed (on the weather):
How are they giving drink breaks in 82°F.. that’s borderline jacket weather
— Jon Stroup (@strouperman23) August 22, 2015
All these drink breaks. World Cup 2020 is gonna have a drink break every 2 mins
— Steven Coombes (@stevencoombes) August 22, 2015
— Jonathan Tyrrell (@Jayteetri) August 22, 2015
With the drink breaks in the football has anyone got a pic of Drinkwater drinking water? Would be keen to see it if possible…
— Alan Perrie (@alan_pez_perrie) August 22, 2015
Danny Drinkwater, drinking water pic.twitter.com/K2VN9S146B
— Sunday League FC (@SundayLeagueFC) August 22, 2015