Tuesday, June 20, 2006

World Cup Draws

The United States soccer team played to a 1-1 draw against Italy this past weekend. And for some inexplicable reason, everyone started celebrating. The American sports media starting praising the U.S. team with such cliched statements as: "they played with a lot of heart", or "they showed grit and courage." What the hell. I am missing something? Not only did they NOT win, they're really lucky they didn't lose (Italy scored on their own goal).

When did we start praising mediocrity? That sort of praise should only be reserved for special occasions - like when a kid learns how to tie his shoelaces, or when President Bush gets through a speech without mispronouncing any words. It should never apply to sports.

And that's why soccer is weird. It's one of those rare sports where people get all excited over a draw. Maybe I'm old school, but I think every game needs to have clear winner and a loser -- just like in any good capitalist society. So in conclusion, if you like soccer, you're a communist.


At 12:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL - yeah, ties suck. Damn commies.

At 5:02 PM, Anonymous Chanakin said...

90% of the population didn't even know we had a soccer (er, uh football) team.

It's your standard journalism.
I wanted to watch the U.S. Open, but they couldn't stop talking about Tiger fucking Woods and why he wasn't playing. Well... there's a lot of guys that ARE playing. Talk about THEM.

At 6:41 PM, Blogger Cibbuano said...

Hey, ties are a way of saying 'You get an A for Effort' to both teams.

Anyway, it doesn't matter... after this round robin shit, we get to those great shootouts, right?

At 6:44 PM, Blogger SadieMBeagle said...

They're just celebrating because we didn't lose miserably. Because we suck so bad. We've got a long way to go to catch up to the rest of the world...


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