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Odds & Ends: Is it Christmas Yet? Edition

The Culprit

The Culprit

  • Note to self:  If your plans are interrupted and you have to wait until after your indoor match to eat, do so.  Or at least don’t pretend you can go to Chipotle and then pretend you’re going to play well an hour later- sleepy and with a bloated tummy.
  • Jose Goncalves was named as part of Major League Soccer’s “Best 11” for 2013.  Normally I’d be shouting about how the club better make it a priority to sign the player who was also the Defensive Player of the Year, but they already have.  Dammit, now I don’t know what to complain about.  Perhaps I can complain about ending the previous sentence with a preposition.
  • Am I the only one out here who let slip a few four letter words of admiration for Sandro’s goal against Manchester United this weekend?  I believe my play-by-play went something like this, “He’s going to lose that ball if he keeps cutting back and forth like a- holy #%@&! what a goal!”
  • Speaking of the Premier League, my three least favorite English clubs are currently in the top three places.  Ugh.
  • The game of football would be vastly diminished were it not for the role that Brazil has played in it for the last 70 plus years, but the awarding of the World Cup to a country that is simply not ready to host it (don’t get me started on the 2016 Olympics) has shot itself in both feet.  Not only did part of one stadium recently collapse (killing two workers), but it and two other stadiums will not be finished by their December 31 deadline.  One of the stadiums- Arena Pantanal- is so far behind that even scrapping the retractable roof planned for it won’t allow it to meet the deadline.  It’s probably too late to relocate the tournament to anywhere else (except-cough-the-US-cough), so I guess FIFA is just going to roll the proverbial dice next summer.  Not to worry though, 2018 is scheduled for Russia (corruption and homophobia) and 2022 for Qatar (slave labor and 120 degree heat).  Nice work, Sepp.
  • Italian football:  the gift that keeps on giving, but shouldn’t.  Not content with racist chanting towards African players or fascist chanting and symbolism…everywhere, Italian football fans have stepped up their game!  Juventus were fined this week after 12,000+ (!) school children seated behind both goals (replacing “ultras” who had been banned for anti-Neopolitan jeering during a previous match) spent the entire match abusing Udinese goalkeeper Zeljko Brkic.  I’m going to consult Google translate for my closing sentence: Tu rimani classe, Juventus!
  • Why can’t I take MLS commissioner Don Garber seriously, #498:  His Twitter handle is @thesoccerdon
  • John “Yogi” Hughes was unveiled as the new manager of Inverness Caledonian Thistle F.C. (currently second in the Premiership and Ross County’s Highland Derby rivals), replacing the departed Terry Butcher.  I don’t care.

4 comments on “Odds & Ends: Is it Christmas Yet? Edition

  1. Martinovich
    December 6, 2013

    Was talking with an English friend of mine about the Brazil problem, and how FIFA will roll the dice because they don’t want to embarrass Brazil. He told me that he felt that they could wait all the way till April 1st, and that he’s always felt FIFA doesn’t like to award the U.S. the Cup because we are always the fall back position. When I told him that I thought April 1st was too late he laughed.

    “The only problem would be the tickets. Have you looked at your country? You could hold the Cup in COLLEGE stadiums here that are better than almost anything else in the world.”

    I’m not sure if this is a point of pride, or sadness. We might be a wee bit obsessed with sport here.

  2. weefuse
    December 6, 2013

    There was an article on the BBC (yesterday?) talking about mid-April being the soonest some of them would be ready.

    And I’m pretty sure FIFA is more concerned with embarrassing themselves!

  3. Martinovich
    December 6, 2013

    Mid-April? Holy moly. They better be spot on from this point on then. I’m sure those safety inspections will be top notch, with lots of fine tooth analysis going on. Ugh.

  4. weefuse
    December 6, 2013

    Exactly- sit close to an exit is my advice.

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