November 1, 2002
MUST SEE SOCCER?:
149-0 scoreline sets new record
(BBC, 1 November, 2002)
Newly-crowned Madagascan champions AS Adema thrashed their arch-rivals Stade Olympique I'Emyrne 149-0 in a top national league game.
But it was not their outstanding skill that led to the outlandish scoreline.
It was because Olympique deliberately scored one own goal after another in protest over a refereeing decision.
At last someone has found a way to relieve the soul-killing tedium of soccer...
Posted by Orrin Judd at November 1, 2002 11:04 PM
Soul-killing tedium is an improvement over
spectator-killing. Madagascar is one up (or
149 up) on Brazil.
"Soul-killing tedium"? I'm sorry, but, can you say "baseball"?
C'mon, Orrin. Is a 16-4 game that takes nearly 4 hours to play not tedious and soul-killing? Baseball has some serious problems today. It's not the same game that Sandy Koufax played & Vin Scully called. Too many of the changes that have been made have been for the worse--designated hitter, artificial turf, night games, steroids, 5-man rotations and starting pitchers who never make it past the seventh inning.
As for soccer, one thing it does have in common with baseball is that it is an acquired taste. Give it a try.
Having coached two soccer matches today (my 9 year old girl's team) I can tell you that I've had far more pleasure watching children play soccer than I've had watching adults play baseball.
Soccer has an elegance and beauty all its own. It's a fluid game with lots of subtle strategy. I don't recall if the WUSA has a team in New England, but OJ, you ought to check it out instead of Fenway next year. You might be surprised.
The Revolution! We made the championship game or something....
And there you go. You have the MSL (mens) team in your backyard. Make an effort to see the women play (WUSA). Superb technical skills, lots of ball-handling, fun game.