An article on the BBC covers the story of Buddhist Monks that are mad about football. There have even been complaints of monks sleeping longer than usual (and missing holy appointments) after having stayed up to watch World Cup matches !
His friend Phra Phitak has an established World Cup routine. "I get up early, meditate and collect alms. But as soon as I get back to the temple for breakfast, I turn on the TV or check the internet to find out the score from the previous night's match."
So football has thrown a spanner in the art of Zen... !