Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Brazil Wins Confederations Cup, 2010 World Cup Could Be Gigantic Clustermess
Ok so this is old news by now, but as I'm sure you already know, Brazil came back from a 2-0 deficit to nip the plucky US side 3-2, and win the Confederations Cup, considered to be the closest thing you are gonna get to a World Cup Preview.
There were 2 main stories of this tournament, one, of course, was the surprising finals appearance of the US team. Surprising mainly because they managed to even qualify for the semifinals after getting pounded in their first two matches, and then they jumped up and bit a Spanish side which was considered the best soccer team in the world.
The other main story was how bad of an idea it might be to hold the World Cup in the Republic of South Africa next year. Most of this tournament was played in half empty stadiums. South Africa has a 23.5% unemployment rate, along with a murder and rape rate that are near tops in the world. And that doesn't even count the carjackings and Pulp Fiction-esque restaurant robberies that are common there. That and it's really not easy to get to from anywhere in the world. I understand FIFA wanting to recognize the importance of African football, as the continent has a lively football scene and has provided some of the top players in the world, but this thing has potential to be a huge disaster next year. We'll see. Hope I'm wrong.
- Back in the relatively crime-free world of American football (Bwahahahaha), you can stop caring about where Plaxico Burress is going to end up this year, because most likely he'll be watching football on his couch, hopefully without a gun tucked into his sweatpants. Roger Goodell is said to be considering an "indefinite" suspension for him, so my guess is he won't be playing anywhere in 2009.
- And I'll leave you today with this discussion question, as it caused quite a lively drunken debate between me and my father at my brother's bachelor party this weekend; which NFC North QB will play in a Super Bowl first, Jay Cutler, or Aaron Rodgers? Anyone who reads this regularly knows where I stand on this, what do you think?
Posted by GRRM Jr. at 9:32 AM