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South Africa (Jun27) – The New York Post ran a great headline when USA drew with England, it read ‘USA Win 1-1’. No doubt, that this headline was conceived with tongue rammed firmly in cheek, but it was funny, as was the actual articles about the match. As xenophobic tabloid journalism goes, it was better reading than the current UK Medias out-pouring in regard to England’s woeful campaign.
Today another New York Post headline hit the web and it is just as good as the last, and again is in stark contrast to the UK headlines. Above a photo of a dejected USA player lying on the pitch after their overtime defeat to Ghana it reads ‘This sport is stupid anyway.’
Had USA crashed out of World Cup 2010 in the group stages then they would have had an argument that they were robbed. Some terrible decisions ensured that they would have to fight hard to qualify, and a 90th minute goal in the final group game meant they not only progressed, but they did it as top spot in their group. Sadly, for the USA they have no one to blame for their defeat to Ghana but themselves.
Ghana simply exploited massive holes in their defence and made the USA pay, ensuring that there was still an African team representing at this World Cup. The score ended 2-1 after extra time.
Ghana will now play the winners of the first game of the last 16, Uruguay after they became the first team to qualify for the quarterfinals in their win over South Korea.
The next two teams to fight for a quarter final place had an air of inevitability about it, England versus Germany. If you could stand the barrage of nostalgia, then you could have made it through the pre-match build up that was a expertly crafted piece of English propaganda. Propaganda that would make everyone else in Britain sick, but would have the desired effect on the English, namely it would make them think they stood a chance against a far younger, and vastly superior German side.
When England plays football, the Scots will support their opposition. It is kind of a national tradition. This is based on different things depending on what kind of person you are. Some people support the opposition because of some misguided hatred of the English because that person is a racist and a bigot that probably would be quick to tell you that their favourite film is ‘Braveheart’… These people are idiots.
Others will support the opposition because of ancestral ties to certain Countries. The rest of us support the opposition out of hatred of the commentators and pundits. I hate the English commentators, in particular Mark Lawrenson, the little weasel. It is because of people like him, with his light racism and childish sniping that saw me actually hoping the Germans won a game of football. This is a problem because the Germans are the panto villains of world football… Not for something, a handful of Germans did a long time ago, but because of the West German team of the early 90s.
Despite all the politics surrounding this game, it turned into a bit of an epic for about 20 minutes. After England went down 2-0, they decided that they might as well give it a bash and try to play football. With the exception of Wayne Rooney who I genuinely fear has forgotten how to play football or Sam Beckett has jumped into his body and is trying to right some wrong before he can leap, hoping that the next leap will be the leap home.
England scored, 2-1. Then they scored again, everyone saw it, it was a good goal. Except it wasn’t, as the linesman must have been checking out some of the many outrageously pretty German girls in the crowd because he missed Lampard putting it in off the bar, and thus giving the English a valid excuse for what happened next.
Either, the Germans had a couple of extra gears than the English did, or England just gave up because the Germans took them to pieces. It ended 4-1. England crashed out, the commentators and pundits cried and Alan Shearer, goal-scoring legend, looked fit to kill someone. At half time, minutes after the disallowed goal, he basically said that if goal line technology were not introduced pronto he would start executing people. As long as he starts with Mark Lawrenson then I will support him.
Later that night when Argentina was playing Mexico, shown on BBC, you would be forgiven for expecting to see half time analysis of Argentina v Mexico, no chance. Despite goals and fights to discuss, Lineker and his broken friends decided to dwell on a game that everyone who is not English had already forgotten about. As they showed the Lampard non-goal for the 5 trillionth time in less than 24 hours, Gary Lineker said that they would show it again because, maybe, it would stop the Germans talking about 1966. I hope I do not have to point out the irony in that.
Argentina beat Mexico 3-1. Tevez scored a belter, and Messi is still to score. At least he has shown incredible flair and patience, which is why it is justifiable to refer to him as one of the greatest players in the world. whereas Wayne Rooney spent his world cup moaning at officials because things weren’t going his way, because he has become complacent, and by that I mean fat, and by that I mean fatter than he used to be…
Henry Hunter – WorldNewsVine Scotland