|Posted by Radatz on June 30, 2014 at 10:25 PM|
Anybody following the World Cup? It's heavily promoted, and I've been watching some games. My take?
1. I can watch well-played soccer, and this is a good example of that.
2. I still think it's a silly game.
3. The loose clocking and calling are irritating. When Portugal ties the US with 10 seconds left, one wonders why the US didn't simply kick the ball downfield to its goalie and let him stand there with it for 10 seconds. After all, there's no icing.
4. Has anybody deciphered offside to the point where some of the calls made make sense?
5. These guys dive and fake injuries almost as a matter of course. Even legit calls are suspect, vis a vis the Dutch win on the penalty kick.
6. Deciding games on penalty kicks is even worse than deciding hockey games with shootouts. Neither should exist in their current forms.
7. What is so US about the US team?
On point 7... granted, the Montreal Canadiens skate fewer French Canadians than the Boston Bruins or New York Rangers. The NBA champion, playing a style that dwarfed that of their opponent, featured such as Parker, Diaw and Ginobili. Baseball has a strong Latin contingent, and a slowly increasing Asian one.
But the US team? C'mon. Who are these guys? This is international competition. When that shows up elsewhere, most of the Bruins split for Canada or Eastern Europe, even if they don't live there anymore. Ginobili plays for Argentina, Parker and Diaw for France.
I must say, as I watched the Germans disassemble Algeria I don't think I saw many on either side who weren't pretty clearly Gernan or Algerian. And I don't recall seeing a German take a swan dive even in what must have been overwhelming intraplanetary heat.