Wednesday, July 05, 2006

The World Cup wouldn't be in it!

Pausing for a few seconds while channel flicking on Sunday, I was reminded of the World Cup soccer players and their histrionics at the mere whiff of an opposing player coming near. One Portugal player, for instance, got a slight poke in the eye while going into a tackle. The game had to be stopped. Two men came on with a stretcher while another splashed Lucozade into the injured eye (a sure-fire cure if ever there was one). Possibly an ambulance was called and the city's Major Accident Plan put into effect, I don't know. In any event, it turned out to be a loose eyelash.

In the few seconds of the Gaelic Football match I has channel-surfed to, the attacking player ran up the back of the defending player, down the other side, dropped lightly by the wriggling heap that was his cursing opponent (trying furiously to regain his feet and continue on), before the referee finally blew his whistle. The offence was picking the ball up off the ground.

The hospitals would be full of over-paid soccer players. Roll on compromise GAA/soccer rules!

6 comments:

Fence said...

Ronaldo certanly wouldn't last too long in the GAA world given his display for Portugal last night.

I've also quoted you

Willie_W said...

Thanks for the comment and thanks for the quote!

I just hope the much-vaunted final turns out to be a football match and not a 90-minute display of fumbling nerves like most of the games have been this World Cup.

That's assuming it includes goals in regulation time, of course.

Fence said...

I'm optimisitic. I know France were terrible in the game against Portugal, but that may have been the whole "we can't lose" nerves. But now that they are in the final maybe they'll cut loose.

Course Italy do have a very good defence.

Willie_W said...

I'll be glad when it's over at this stage. The players probably are thinking the same by now.

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