Friday, July 4, 2014

The sporting life



Really, I shouldn't comment on soccer at all. I have a handle on only a few precepts and regulations -- whatever I glean, every other four years during World Cup. This year, for instance, I learned: if you sink your bicuspids in a guy's shoulder, you're outta there, expelled, immediately, whole term. But break someone's back, you won't even have to take a note home to mother.

I like tennis. Maybe the refs aren't so buff, but I understand the rules.

26 comments:

  1. I had to go look this up. Whoa. How do the refs gauge if that's an accident or not? Tennis seems a safer, as well as a more courteous, sport. The players do shake hands at the end, and no one was ever physically injured from a verbal rant.

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  2. This is a well-known maneuver in the animal world.

    I haven't seen the video but Zúñiga's apology reminds me a lot of a politician saying they'll take full responsibility for a major gaffe without seeming to suffer any consequences. Still, I hope he has protection...

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  3. It's become a very rough sport and they don't wear protective clothing except shinguards. It wasn't like this when I was a teen and loyally watched my boyfriend playing. Even then, I didn't understand the offside rule. And I can't understand the rules of American football at all!

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  4. Ney Mar is beautiful--and the ending of tears and hugs between teams was amazing.

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  5. When you break a guy's back, I don't think this should be on the inside of your Hallmark Get Well Soon card:

    “Although I feel the situation was normal in a game, there was no bad intention, malice or negligence on my part,” Zuniga said Saturday in a statement released by the Colombian team.

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  6. I laughed over an op-ed piece in our local paper last Saturday, where the author was puzzled by a co-worker being delighted that USA lost because "we were still in it." It seems even die-hard American sports fans, and this columnist is a Steelers fanatic (among other teams) don't get soccer.

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  7. Tennis -- absolutely. Readily understandable. You need only one other person to play. No fights in the gallery that I've heard of. Just a simple, beautiful game.

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  8. I haven't followed the soccer, so for once I'll just shut up.

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  9. I am fascinated with WC soccer. As Des says, the players are aesthetically pleasing, and as Bellis says, the rules are inscrutable. Even if you put the dental marks vs broken backs asides, here's an explanation of just one of the rules (no, really, skim it, you'll be astounded -- I'll understand Finnegan's Wake before I get this)
    Offsides

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  10. I'm so very sad for Neymar! I'm speechless...
    Wishing a speedy recovery to Neymar!

    Neymar Jr Injury Video: Watch World Cup-Ending Foul on Brazil Super Star.

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  11. Oy. I went to the link. I tried. I really tried. I am now ready to join your Finnegan's Wake discussion club. I think.

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  12. I agree. Troubleshooting tech problems is easier than understanding the rules of some sports.
    I'm sorry for Neymar's injury and hope he is able to make a full recovery.

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  13. Really? He broke his back? And that's not a foul?

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  14. I once attended a Dodger game; brought a book with me. The sporting life belongs to someone else.

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  15. For me, sometimes the closest I can get to a country I've always loved and longed to visit, is a friend's blog, or a sport.

    So, Vai Brasil, vamos ganhar! (I hope that's right, and I didn't say something totally inappropriate.)

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  16. hahahahahahaha!
    So true! Love the All-American game of baseball. I DON'T care if it's slow either. Love every aspect of it.
    I grew up with it on the radio, summer nights in stifling heat. Gotta love it!

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  17. Great! You said totally right!
    Vai Brasil, vamos ganhar!
    Thanks Karin! :)

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  18. Hi Karin,
    I'm so sorry for Brasil...
    My Congratulations to Germany!
    Many hugs,
    Sonia.

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  19. Thank you Karin!
    I'm so glad to hear you say this. Love your country too.
    Amo o seu país também.

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  20. Without tv it's difficult to follow any type of sports. I'm completely out of the loop on this one.

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  21. PA, I'm glad I'm not the only one who takes books to sporting events when forced to go. The Kindle is a great disguise for a real book.

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  22. I totally understand all the rules and still hate everything about it.

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  23. Futbol - beauty personified. Sorry, but I just can't help it. I coached US youth development teams for years.

    I watched Germany destroy Brazil with amazement. Such a blow to an entire country, and a political elite that overlooked their citizenry for a status among the rest of the world. The loss was emblematic of their careless pursuit. Now will they and their people be forgotten? Only time will tell.

    Soccer can be a metaphor for life. I truly believe this. I'd best watch more tennis, I suppose.

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  25. I don't think soccer/footbal/futbal, et al, will ever be one of the 3 major sports in the USA. Too often I find myself just needing to wait & watch for the penalty kick time for the real action...or, the 1st goal.

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