Thursday, July 06, 2006

Vive Le...

Well, Les Bleus are in, after a very exciting game yesterday.
This was the first sports game I'd ever watched over the Internet, using ESPN's 360 feature. Was just like TV - same image, everything. I always figured eventually I'd watch TV online, and yesterday, I did.
I thought Ronaldo played great, and while I tend to think that French GK Fabien Barthez is a liability, he's won a World Cup and a European Championship with a chance to hoist another Rimet trophy, so he must be doing something right.

Throughout this cup, I've been defending/explaining/promoting the World Cup to friends and co-workers and people who are a little of both. Yesterday's game, while great, is a reason I have to do the former 2. Basically, the second-most important game of the tournament was won on a somewhat disputed call that cost the game, especially after the ITA-GER game was such an epic. I've listened to radio call-in shows wherein all manner of sports fans who admit to not liking soccer are all-too ready to give their ideas for improving it, such as removing the offsides rule or other things to increase scoring. Sorry to tell them that soccer is fine, and attempts to make it appeal more to American non-soccer fans are not the issue. But, that being said, I wish there was something that could be done to halt the fact that one questionable call can make a game - especially at the highest level. Problem is.. I don't know what it is. Refs can't stop calling things, nor can they use instant replay to further examine acting on tumbles, so I guess we're stuck.