For many of us, the World Cup is over. I appreciate watching great futbol, but when the United States is out of the WC, the event simply ceases to exist. I really could give a crap if Brazil or Argentina or Germany wins it all. Also, for someone who is just getting into seriously watching FIFA, it's very disconcerting that the powers that be do not want to include instant replay into the refereeing system despite the fact that FIFA officiating has been AWFUL this World Cup.
One FIFA fan told me the instant replay will never get fully adopted into futbol because the subjectivity of refs is as much a part of the game as the ball and nets are. No offense to the millions of fans who enjoy futbol, but when the refs has about as much power over the outcome of a game as the players do, the sport sucks. The subjectivity of officials is a big reason why I do not watch many NBA games. Rules are not meant to be subjectively interpreted. At that point, they cease to become "rules" and develop more into "guidelines." Real rules should be enforced the same way each and every game. And calls on the field must always be 100% correct. Technology has made it impossible to tolerate "human error" to screw-up important calls. I know that sounds harsh, but it is the reality of the modern world we live in. Rather than fight against it, FIFA should be embracing it.
Oh, and if refs are as much a part of the outcome of a game as the players are, then let's have the refs be subjected to red cards and repeated kicks to the shins.
That said, we have only four weeks to go until real football starts!
FROM THE SADDLE
Official Team News
- John Oehser (Andy Alleman thinks the Colts are a great fit for him .com) writes that
- More Oehser, previewing the cornerbacks...
- And the special teams
GREEN APPLES AND ROAD APPLES
Positive and Negative Analysis
- Nate Dunleavy (18to88) finds a nice story about Dan Fouts chatting about the Colts offense
- Brett Mock (Coltzilla) thinks rookie tight end Brody Eldridge made a great impression on the team during OTAs
- Jason Cole (Yahoo! Sports) ranks the Colts defensive line the fourth best in all of football
- Mark Schlereth (ESPN) took in some dinner at St. Elmo's last night before heading over to Victory Field in Indianapolis
- Pat Kirwan (NFL.com) says the Colts blitzed a lot in the red zone last year
- Wes Bunting (National Football Post) thinks Penn State's Ollie Ogbu is a "Colts-style" defensive tackle
OUTSIDE THE STABLE
Around the League
- The city of Los Angeles might be trying to build their new stadium (to lure Jaguars coach Wayne Weaver) in violation of environmental laws
- Steelers right tackle Willie Colon tore his Achilles while working out, and is done for 2010
- Tony Dungy has another video diary up
- The Rams have signed eight draft picks already
Last week it was Blazing Saddles. This week, Ghostbusters: