25 May, 2012

No Shootouts for You

In yet another rant of 'I didn't like who won the CL finals', Sepp Blatter is asking Beckenbauer to look into an alternative to the penalty shootout finish. Many of you may remember the abortive attempts of FIFA to have the 'golden goal' rule applied and the many games that kept going and going because someone had to win, and damned be the player's health. Well, now, FIFA is trying to find another alternative. What exactly that alternative may be, expect it to somehow generate more revenue in some lucrative deal with FIFA. Suggestions we've heard have included having fans vote for the better team, and the team with the best record winning, but that kind of defeats the purpose of having them even play in the first place. Sepp, quit screwing with the game. For someone who gleans his entire income from in hidden/secret side deals, you should realize if you scare off the fans, you scare off your paycheck.

From Sepp with Love

During the recent FIFA committee meeting in Hungary, among other things discussed, was the stance that FIFA should be more transparent and reduce corruption.

"Hooray," said Sepp.  "But don't make it too transparent or any less corrupt."

Several of the topics discussed was an age limit on committee members, background checks on all senior members and create a hotline for whistleblowers (like that would do anything when you are reporting on the guys who check the phones)... and they even approved the addition of the first female Ex-co member, Lydia Nyskeri, of Burundi.

Seppo, as usual, stated in cryptic terms that something would be done and not done at the same time. 'Even if Professor Pieth will say we shall not cherry-pick, we cannot take the whole tree,'' said Blatter, hailing delegates for overwhelming support to the first reform package."

Honestly, none of the suggestions sounded radical, even the one where they publicly list the members' salaries. Our experience is just like dealing with invasive honeysuckle bushes, burn the whole tree down, dig up the roots, and plant a new tree to replace it.  It's the only way you will solve the problem.

Good luck with this 'round' of reforms.

Photo: Multipolar Future

20 May, 2012

Champion's League Final: Bayern Munich v Chelsea Highlights

Chelsea...  What can you say about a team that fires the second coming of Mourinho late in the season and his replacement goes on to win the CL finals in dramatic fashion?

Well, to those fans that haven't been following the controversy, here is a breakdown of why some teams are going to be upset going into next season with the Chelsea win:

1) Spurs... Several players (Bale, Modric, VdV among others) stated they wanted CL action next season to stick around.  And they thought they had it, finishing 4th (guaranteed action, albeit through qualification stages).  The problem?  Only 4 EPL teams are allowed to play in CL to allow some of the smaller leagues to get a cut.  The previous season's winner also gets an automatic bid.  So in this case, 1-3rd (Man City, Man U, and Arsenal all qualify) and now that Chelsea won, they qualify too.  Spurs, therefore, get bumped despite finishing 2 places higher in the league than Chelsea.  Spurs do get Europa League action, but is that enough?

2) Some random CL bound Euro team.  According to UEFA, the as 3rd place finishers, Arsenal gets the automatic group berth stage.  The previous winners (in this case, Chelsea) will also get group stage starts, so some team that was going to start in the group stages now has to go through qualification.  Sucks to be them.

3) Bayern had 42 shots in the game.  Missed numerous chances from Gomez and Robben missed several chances and a last minute pk to ice it before shootout.  Someone is going to get fired.

4) Fans in general.  Besides the frequent pans to the crowd of fat ugly female Chelsea fans (I can't recall a single one under 15 stone or worth a rating above a 2 out of 10.  Did they seriously forget all the hot WAGs for Bayern?) on Fox, Chelsea played 'un'football.  The bunker defense style worked in the semis for them and now, the finals too.  We weren't entertained by beautiful high scoring football, but rather 7 in the box and stopping shot after shot after shot.  Somewhere, Blatter is roiling over the idea of how to now increase scoring again...

Regardless, in the end, Chelsea isn't a bad team and congrats to them for winning.  But, for tons of fans everywhere... damn Bayern, why couldn't you just win.

Video: Footytube

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