July 10th, 2006

World Cup 2006

Goodbye World Cup

Well, my condolences to everyone who was hoping for a French victory yesterday.  I had to catch the game when it was rebroadcast  by the Spanish language sports station, my attempt to record the game as it was played live and watch it  when I got back from my shift at the Getty having failed (don't ask).  It was certainly the most exciting game of any of the ones I watched during this World Cup.

I heard about the Zidane incident before I saw the game, so was watching for it.  I'm sure it will be analysed to death, so all I'll say is that from where I sit it appears that whatever bit of conversation he had with the Italian player may have been the straw that broke the camel's back, and he just reacted badly.  It could have been much worse.  Any baseball fans out there?  If you're old enough, you might remember what happened between Juan Marichal and John Roseboro back in 1965.  http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/sports/year_in_sports/08.22.html.

The one good thing the incident might do is take attention away from the French player who missed that second penalty kick.  He's the leading candidate if and when the press and public start looking for someone to blame for the loss.
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