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Thursday, July 06, 2006

World Cup - NHLitis

Everyone, including intellectuals like Dov Bear, has to admit that this year's World Cup has been brutally boring (even more boring than usual). The average sore is about 0.5 - 0, the refereeing has been atrocious (especially if you are an African team), and there have been more flops than in the Yeshivish shidduch world. They shouldn't hand out Man of the Game awards, they should offer Oscars.

This is more or less what happened to the NHL a number of years ago. The New Jersey Devils figured out that you could win Stanley Cups with stiffling defense and a great goaltender. Most teams followed suit, scoring went way down, offensive stars were held and interfered with and the NHL became unbearable to watch.

Last year, the NHL made some radical changes to fix the game and they worked. The past season was reminiscent of times gone by. Scoring was up, offensive players got to shine and the product was much more watchable. Soccer needs to figure out what to do. Maybe 9 men? Maybe more subs? I don't know.

(In the meantime, all those intellectual Africans, South Americans and Europeans continue to watch this garbage, so maybe they don't really have to do anything at all).


  • At 10:43 AM, Blogger DovBear said…

    You are insane. The game between Italy and Germany which ended 0-0 at regulation was fantastic, even though a goal wasn't scored until the 118th minute. What you need to understand is that scoring CHANCES are every bit as exciting as goals, and that a 1-0 soccer game can be every bit as interesting to watch as an old fasioned pitchers duel. The analogy to hocky is not apt because the Devils appraoch ruined not just scoring, but also offense. The skill players couldn't do anything. In soccer the scoring is low, but the skill players still have plenty to do and watchin them create opportunities is fun even when those opportunities don't produce a goal.

    The officiating has been attrocious. Agreed. But in a way that adds to the fun, especially is you're an American with no rooting interest.

    Flops are part of the game (they happen in basketball, too) It's how a small fast players even his odds against a big bruiser. The bruiser lays off a little if he knows a flop is possible.

  • At 10:46 AM, Blogger DovBear said…

    Man of the MATCH not "man of the game" Are you even trying? :))

  • At 11:30 AM, Blogger MoChassid said…


    Puh-LEASE, which game were you watching?

    The Italy - Germany game stunk until overtime when it FINALLY opened up (because everyone was dead tired). Regulation time was brutally boring. And what about yesterday's game? A thriller. One goal on a penalty shot? Help me out here, DB.

    Match, game. Pitch, field. Big deal. Two nations separated by a common language.

  • At 4:54 PM, Blogger OrthoMomsBiggestFan said…

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  • At 6:12 PM, Blogger Tamara said…

    I'm squarely with DovBear on this one. The Italy-Germany match was incredible - and I'm not saying that only because my Azzurri won.

    Sorry, MO, I know you don't like soccer, and that's okay, really it is, but please don't act like the rest of us are clueless.

  • At 8:39 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…


    I thought the Italy - Germany game was very tentative for 90 minutes. There were barely any scoring chances. I concede that the game finally got exciting only in overtime when it started to look like pond hockey.

    But, if you think about it, the game was 2 minutes from being decided by penalties. How pathetic would that have been?

  • At 10:21 PM, Blogger Tamara said…

    I'm also glad it didn't go into a penalty kick phase. I think 'pathetic' may be a strong word, though LOL.

  • At 10:29 AM, Blogger exsemgirl said…

    Hmmm I am split on this one. I do think there have been some great games.
    Yet I do think that the unexpected results are just a let down. All the decent teams were knocked out before the last stages. I have certainly seen better football tournaments...

    Well we have four years to work up our appetite for the next one.

  • At 11:36 AM, Blogger DovBear said…

    Are you trying to make us believe you watched 120 minutes of
    Germany v. Italy??

  • At 2:44 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…


    The game was on Tuesday. I was watching my grandson (whose mom and dad were in the hospital following childbirth) and the Baby. We were playing on the floor in the den (when I wasn't chasing my grandson up the steps). Yes, I watched 120 minutes. I have yet to recover.

  • At 3:10 PM, Blogger DovBear said…

    Wasn't it great? ;)


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