World Cup 2010
Posted 21 April 2010 - 05:49 PM
Posted 21 April 2010 - 05:52 PM
I gave up on caring about sports a long, long time ago. I'll watch basketball if I have time to really relax, but as soon as I start really actually caring about a team, I quit.
I invested so much time and energy in rooting for teams in my childhood and teen years, and it so often led to disappointment and stress and a wish to get those hours back. And in high school, I found that the competitive intensity at my school's basketball games and tournaments led to some attitudes and emotions that, later, left me feeling guilty and ashamed. Looking back, I have real doubts about the benefits of the competitive spirit prevalent at those events; we weren't just supporting our teams, but we were rooting *against* the other teams in some pretty ugly ways.
Sometimes I wonder about America's obsession with sports, and how that affects the us-versus-them dynamics in political "non-dialogue" in this country.
I'd rather invest them in things that "feed" me... like art and the outdoors. But that's just me.
And if you want to quit caring about sports, move to Seattle. That'll kill your interest in a real hurry.
Edited by Overstreet, 21 April 2010 - 05:55 PM.
Posted 21 April 2010 - 09:14 PM
can be on the subject of Michigan football.
be obsessed unless the 'Wings have a chance to do some post season damage, and
As to things that feed me: just about the most beautiful thing in this world is, after heroic defense breaking up attack after attack, a wonderous 40 yard boomer that just
arches into the goal in an epic soccer match. The only thing more beautiful is the goalie reaching against all odds and gravity to deflect that glorious and wondrous shot.
Posted 22 May 2010 - 10:31 AM
FWIW, I know not to pick NZ or Australia to do much, but I am picking US to finally win a game or two.
Edited by Darrel Manson, 22 May 2010 - 02:50 PM.
Posted 22 May 2010 - 01:50 PM
I just may throw my ignorant hat in the ring. However, this link goes to a review of the film The Father of My Children. I hope this isn't some sort of John Terry scandal pickem contest...
Posted 22 May 2010 - 02:56 PM
Besides you did well in 2002.
Posted 20 June 2010 - 05:39 AM
Posted 21 June 2010 - 03:44 PM
For me, the suspense is thrilling. This year it would seem that Argentina is cast in the role of the Netherlands. The Dutch demand all Cup campaigns to be as it was in '74 and '78, their high watermark. Smoking everyone in their way 'til a tough, well fought final. They always seem to flash out after a sterling group campaign. Most big players start slow and build to a peak in the knockout rounds. It would be nice if The Orange behave as Germany and Italy have in their successful Cups of the last 20 years.
That said, I'm waiting for a big team to show up Argentina's lack of defense.
Posted 21 June 2010 - 04:03 PM
And teams have won by being brilliant all the way through. The Germans of Italia 90, the French in 1998, Brazil in 2002.
People keep moaning about the tournament, but I think it's the best in years. I have no idea who is going to win, the semi-finalists could be made up of anyone. I mean what a spanking the Portuguese gave the North Koreans today. Compare that to Brazil's feeble 2-1 and there's a final match that will be fascinating.
I hope at least one African team makes it through to the last 16 though...so long as it's not Algeria...
Posted 22 June 2010 - 12:56 AM
Posted 23 June 2010 - 02:46 PM
: I remember a struggle or two to win early for the Germans in particular.
Well the won the first two 4-1, and 5-1 and then with (almost) nothing to play for they drew with a much fancied dark horses Columbia. Then they beat those pesky Dutch (with Rijkaard and was it Klinsman? sent off for spitting / reacting - that's from memory), Czechslovakia, and were lucky to make it through to penalties against England (totally unbiased of course). Then saw off the holders Argentina in a dull and one sided final. Not quite brilliant, but pretty convincing in world cup terms.
Posted 23 June 2010 - 06:11 PM
Posted 23 June 2010 - 10:35 PM
Posted 24 June 2010 - 02:51 AM
Posted 24 June 2010 - 11:25 AM
But...but, this one was actually good, quite moving (almost). I'm not sure it's because it was the absolute last minute and it wasn't just a goal but qualification when being knocked out looked on the cards; or whether it's just because Americans do exuberance so much better than us Brits, even with a few beers inside us; or whether it's because I'm not directly emotionally involved with it as I always am during England matches (if it's half time and we're only one up I'm tetchy - who wants to see a bunch of sozzled, over optimistic morons leaping about like idiots, you'll jinx us); or whether it's just because it's another nation, who aren't one of the big nations but still loving the wonder of the world cup; who knows. But thanks for posting it.
That said, I can't believe that you not only qualified ahead of us (into the easiest quarter of the draw) but that you also do corporate goal celebrations better than us. Bastards.
In other news, the Italians are out as well. Have to say I'm glad. Not only is it the first time ever that the two finalists have gone out in the first round, but the Italians are always, ALWAYS, flukey, grabbed a last minute goal even though we defended for the entire game, jammy so and sos. The tournament will be better without them.
Edited by MattPage, 24 June 2010 - 11:27 AM.