Saturday, July 01, 2006

World Cup Soccer?

More Like a Dixie Cup.

Don't accuse me of losing perspective on this: Darfur is a site of crimes against humanity.

But the World Cup in Germany is still a crime scene of sorts.

It is still a significant crime to see four years of effort come down to a miserable shoot-out. I will not be a fan until futbol sees the wisdom of resolving ties with sudden death overtime play instead of the round-robin of penalty kicks as of present. Let the lads settle it on the field with a continuation of team play, head-to-head, mano-a-mano, instead of a firing squad. That's obscene and totally bloodless.

The tie-breaking shootout resolution of the German-Argentine game was an atrocity I refused to watch.

Rather than investigation of the post-game brawl, FIFA should ponder their tie-breaking rule which ignited it.