Thursday, November 19, 2009

It's only a Thierry

Oh Thierry Henry! You and your left hand have snuffed out the one bright glimmer of hope we had left in this country.
Bloody French, they let us down in 1798 and now they let us down again.
In the name of the most holy, WHY???

Seriously, though: why is it that in soccer, major success or failure should be allowed to rest on a single score? The aim of the game is to put the ball in the other team's net. That's the whole thing. And if your opponent fails to do that at all, and you do it only once over the course of 90 minutes, or 120 minutes, or even 120 minutes plus penalty shoot-outs, then you score a massive victory and win the World Cup or whatever. Obviously, the best team often wins, but isn't there a little too much riding on chance here? An unexpected bobble of the ball or la main gauche can have quite an influence on the outcome. Whereas in, say, hurling or basketball or tennis or snooker or indeed most sports, any individual scoring incident isn't quite so important.
I don't know, maybe they could make the goals bigger or something.

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