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Monday, Jul 18th, 2011 ↓

Are We That Bad With The Diving Issue?

Hearing Hope Solo talk about not having to go into “theatrics” to win a game made me feel bad for her.  She’s not my saint of devotion in the goalkeeping cathedral, but if she was truly injured in today’s final, then the concept of “cheating” is completely out the window.   

The goalkeeper is the one that has to be the most solid both mentally and physically. Sharpness is of the essence.  The position is also one full of nicks, hits, and some encounters where they will have their bodies exposed to some tough knocks. 

Although we know about her notorious penchant for the spotlight, I can’t fully blame her for saying that.  

Maybe I am the wrong guy to talk about this, having played rugby during my college days.  

Our senses are so heightened to look for the foul or no foul.  Did he dive or didn’t he? This is an unfortunate byproduct of what is wrong with the game.  

Have you been kicked in the shin?  Have you been stepped on?  Or better, yet have you been just grazed in the nether regions or even in the eye?  Uncomfortable to say the least.  

The human body does have something called referred pain, but in my years of studying massage therapy and sport medicine never did I hear of a case of a player getting hit in the stomach and feeling the pain go across his face.  Windburn isn’t caused by an object coming within inches of you.

The problem for me here is how toxic has the “soccer media” been in blurring the ever-graying line between injury and theatrics here in the US?  Has questioning players about being actors gotten so bad that when a player is truly injured they refuse treatment?  

Obviously if you fall like you just were popped in the back with a semiautomatic rifle, if you do more than two twirls in the air and three on the ground, if your shrills are three octaves higher than your voice, then you are acting.  

Am I forgiving diving in the sport? No.  It’s annoying.  It’s just an easy way to try to get calls. It’s a cop out.  At the same time, it frustrates me to see referees fall for the same divers week in and week out.  I thought that they prepared the way coaches, players, broadcasters do.  I thought that referees were as professional as the rest.  Seems like they do not prepare for games the way they should and they make the same mistakes over and over again.  

That in part is what is poisoning the waters.  

Diving, or should I say, averting is fine. 

So Hope, if you are truly injured, get treatment.  A real knock is not being “theatrical”.   Quite the contrary.  If you have a rep of not going down, when the doctors do come onto the pitch, they know something is wrong.  It’s not time wasting or gamesmanship.

Let’s not kid ourselves, Hope Solo is not Bill Gaudette, so if she is ever hurt… it’s not dirty tactics, it’s about caring for your teammates and doing the right thing.  

I am just looking to worry about the well-being of the athlete in a game that I love, but unfortunately.. as César Luis Menotti said “has been taken away from us a long time ago.” 

Talk me up on this one.  I need some help. 

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Monday, Jun 20th, 2011 ↓

“I don’t know who’s a friend and who’s a foe. In retrospect possibly my friends, who I thought of as my friends, have been foes and possibly my foes have been friends. In fullness of time I’ll be able to see better who was foe and who was friend.”

—Jack Warner in interview talking about being betrayed by his friends

(Source: bloomberg.com)

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“Mr Warner is leaving FIFA by his own volition after nearly 30 years of service, having chosen to focus on his important work on behalf of the people and government of Trinidad and Tobago as a Cabinet Minister and as the Chairman of the United National Congress, the major party in his country’s coalition government.”

—excerpt of FIFA release regarding Warner resignation. 

(Source: fifa.com)

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Sunday, Jun 5th, 2011 ↓

Reality Check For US As They Get Rocked By Spain

There were no doubts in many people’s minds that Spain was going to win.  What no one truly thought was that it was going to be such a drubbing, schooling, pounding, and absolute humiliation of a US side that was still living off of the success they had against La Roja in South Africa two years ago.

The magic carpet that they were riding in the Confederations Cup was not a rug collecting dust in the proverbial corner of US soccer fans.  The memories of that match are now recollected in everyone’s mind as that “one in 100″ match that Spain would have lost to the US have they played that many times.

For Spain, it was a match where the wounds of the four Clásicos played almost a month and a half ago were healed and they showed that there were no rifts- at least on the pitch.

The US just played poorly.  Forget what John Harkes was saying, eternally apologizing for the US’ poor performances. This time he discarded Spain’s utter dominance by saying that Bob Bradley fielded a B-side. Uh, John, Spain fielded virtually a B+, C side. Although that sounds denigrating to a point, many nations would like to have an A side of that caliber.


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“Bradley reserved his starters for the Gold Cup debut. He was saved from receiving a beating of historic proportions after conceding four goals and two posts.”

—Marca review of USA-Spain

(Source: marca.com)

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Saturday, Jun 4th, 2011 ↓

“The USA coach risked leaving his best players on the bench and he was duly embarrassed. When he brought in Dempsey, his team improved but by then the damage was done.”

—Spanish daily Marca reviewing the best and worst of the USA-Spain friendly

(Source: marca.com)

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“El seleccionador USA arriesgó dejando a sus mejores jugadores en el banquillo y le pintaron la cara. Cuando sacó a Dempsey, su equipo mejoró pero ya era demasiado tarde para arreglar el desaguisado.”

—Marca hablando de lo peor del partido EE.UU. - España

(Source: marca.com)

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Friday, Jun 3rd, 2011 ↓

“The market was effectively saying it was odds against that there would be no more goals. It is hard to get an exact figure for how much would have been bet to force that kind of swing but we are certainly talking hundreds of thousands, possibly more than £1,000,000.”

—Matthew Benham on Argentina-Nigeria betting odds.

(Source: Guardian)

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Wednesday, Jun 1st, 2011 ↓

“Let us be brief. If you give back the Falkland Islands, which belong to us, you will get my vote. They then became sad and left.”

—Julio Grondona regarding what he said to English FA about his vote for 2018

(Source: ESPN)

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“Since 1974, things have changed and it seemed that this country didn’t like it … Now, we are in 2011 and they still seem to always have something to say. If you have proof, then show, but don’t keep bothering us.”

—AFA president Julio Grondona during FIFA Congress in Zurich.

(Source: buenosairesherald.com)

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