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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

The only post on the World Cup from me, ever.

This is for Matt. You should all check out his blog, Stitched Up. I've already posted on illegal immigration in Arizona today, so I might as well post on another subject close to Matt's heart.

In the opening match of soccer's World Cup Friday, German midfielder Torsten Frings scored an amazing goal from 40 yards out. The ball started off straight and then tailed sharply to the right in the last 10 yards or so. It was an unstoppable shot, but with a different ball it might have been a simple save.

A scientist has explained why a new ball being used in this year's World Cup is frustrating goalies.

The new Adidas Teamgeist football, as it is called, has 14 panels instead of the 26 or 32 that traditionally create the hexagonal pattern.

Fewer panels means fewer seams, which will make the ball behave more like a baseball, says Ken Bray, a sports scientist at the University of Bath in the UK.

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Okay, I'll be honest. The only reason I posted this is because it compared soccer with the only sport that would be worth keeping if all other sports were to disappear: BASEBALL!!!

Soccer is fun. I played it for a year. However, I was forced to choose between baseball and soccer. Sorry, but soccer doesn't hold a candle in the wind to baseball. It's America's pasttime. It's the only sport in the world in which at any point in the game you can feasibly win, right up until the game is over with. It's the only game in which you can have a 10-run comeback in the bottom of the ninth. You can't have a 10-point comeback in basketball with 10 seconds left. You can't have a 10-goal comeback with 5 minutes left. It just doesn't happen.

Baseball is the best. Period.

(But read Matt's blog anyway. He's still got good stuff to say, even if he is a World Cup fanatic.)


Anonymous SWURTZ declared,


6/14/2006 9:23 PM  
Blogger Joey declared,

whatever, man, whatever...

6/15/2006 10:00 AM  
Blogger erin declared,

I'm inclined to agree with you--I think Baseball is absolutely wonderful. There's nothing quite like the feeling you have when your team hits a grand slam in the bottom of the 12th, for the win. I get all excited just thinking about it.
Come to think of it, though--when your team scores a goal and the crowd goes absolutely CRAZY...boy oh can't beat that either.

6/15/2006 10:09 AM  
Blogger Carla declared,

Just read that Germany shipped in prostitutes to entertain all of the fans. They are staying in local brothels. sick

6/15/2006 4:32 PM  
Blogger Carla declared,

Well, not ALL of the fans.

6/15/2006 4:33 PM  
Anonymous swurtz declared,

Hockey even comes before soccer, you sit, or stand with a rush through the whole intence game. And you never know what will happen. From stopping on a dime to getting high sticked. flying across the ice with speed so fast you get knocked in the glass, loose a couple teeth.....

6/15/2006 8:30 PM  
Blogger janemarym declared,

I grew up with a brother whose favorite sport was baseball (among football, cross country, basketball and golf) and I have sat through WAY too many baseball games. They move WAY too slow for me. Too much waiting just because their MIGHT be an exciting ending.
Look what the Germans had to resort to with all that waiting around....

6/15/2006 8:50 PM  
Blogger Joey declared,

The Germans had to resort to that because of soccer, NOT baseball. This generation moves way too quickly to enjoy baseball. I'm not so dumb that I don't see that. There aren't many people these days whose attention span lasts more than 2 minutes.

As for hockey, I can't argue with you on that one swurtz. Hockey is just fun stuff to watch!

6/16/2006 8:32 AM  
Blogger Brandy Dopkins declared,

I found the science fact way more interesting than the discussion of which sport is better. That's just so cool a simple desgin change could add such a new dimension to a game. Love it - thanks for the tidbit.

6/17/2006 9:29 AM  

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