June 29, 2010

Technology is not beautiful

Filed under: Sports, Technology — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — HarryCool @ 2:16 pm

Germany wins 4 goals to 1 of England in the Stage of 16. However, 2nd goal from England when the score was 2 – 1 is not given even though the ball is clearly behind the goal line after bouncing off the crossbar. A few hours later the same day, first Argentine goal against Mexico is a clear offside but referee fails to notice. Before the World cup finals, France is able to qualify thanks to a double-hand goal by Henry against Ireland which is not spotted by the referee.

There have been many other smaller in scale bad calls throughout this world cup so far. However, does that merit including technology to assist the referee. Every other sport does it, then why not football too? Because no other sport is as beautiful as football is? Because no other sport has that smooth flow as football has? The answer is YES!

Referees are as much a part of the game as players are. Players do not have technology to assist them while on the ground. They make bad passes, they miss chances, and they at times do self-goals. Do we give them some sort of technological solution to take away their flaws? Do we make the game perfect? Life is not perfect and so is Football. Let the game be human from all aspects and it will remain beautiful just the way it is today.

Germany and Argentina would have won anyways albeit in a different manner. French got the boot and that too brutally. It is the 360 degree human nature of the game that makes it interesting. There are unfair calls but then there are teams that rise in adversity.

All other sport use technology this is the biggest reason football should not. This is what separates it from the rest. This is what makes it beautiful. I don’t want some geeky spooky jerk controlling the outcomes of the game sitting in some dingy room up in the stadium.

People who complain about the bad calls need to Man Up and get on with it. It happened to you today; it will happen to someone else tomorrow and level it out. It’s all in the game. I said before Life is not perfect, well it isn’t fair either. Football is life and I want it to remain.

endnote: I am ok if the use of technical solutions is immediate and applies to only black-white situations. The only one I can think of is the goal line technology. There should be something like an immediate red/green if the ball crossed the line or not. Offside, tripping, fouls/tackles etc do not qualify. Pausing the game for a few minutes to entertain player protests and reviewing the replay to take a call; or even waiting for just one minute to talk to a 2nd match referee who is in front of a monitor (the geeky spooky jerk I talked about earlier) is so very pussy like! American football for all of its macho image is actually a game for big overgrown pussies! They wear all that protective gear, they have communication equipment to talk to each other, they pause every now and then and whine; come ‘on – soccer is beautiful and a sport for men (no offense to women soccer. my comments are just a metaphor for the sissiness in using technology to resolve issues).


June 27, 2010

Yanks rub it in with last-minute goal

I was surprised by own feelings when USA won by scoring in the dying minutes against Algeria. A neutral viewer like me would in general not want americans to win irrespective of the side they are up against. While everyone in the world has their own reasons for not cheering for the Americans, I think broadly it is because of either or a combination of these two – american arrogance and/or jealousy. In my case, it is more of the later.

I come from a culturally richer and older civilization. Yet due to its own shortcomings the land I come from is nowhere near the prosperity and success of the americans. India being in dumps in spite of the fact that indians have as much potential if not more as the americans, makes me jealous of their success. While I look at all American actions with utmost criticism, I know fully well, had my country been as successful as the Americans, they’d have been just the same in their attitude and actions towards the rest of the world (eg fighting terrorism); and would have been worse if not the same on the arrogance index as the americans.

In spite of this clear admittance of jealousy towards the US, I still didn’t believe I would want so bad for them to lose. I think it was the fact that they pulled it off so dramatically that it just added to my feeling of loss just the way it would have had an opposite impact on an american. Well, my feeling of loss would not be as high in intensity (since I am not an Algerian) as the joy of an american with that last-minute goal, but similar concept.

The Yanks did fight till the end. Well, a Draw would have kicked them out just as much as a loss, so they didn’t have anything more to risk by going all out.

“This team embodies what the American spirit is about,” Donovan said. “We had a goal disallowed the other night. We had another good goal disallowed tonight (on an offsides call), but we just keep going, and I think that’s what people admire so much about America.”

See the way he goes on about the “american spirit” and all about how great America is and all that crap. We do that so much in India too. Indian culture, Indian diversity, India’s rich heritage, how great we are yada yada yada.

“We’re kind of like the cardiac kids at the moment,” Howard said. “That emotion, that passion is what American sports fans thrive on. Given the American sports psyche, this is probably going to be more amazing for them than if we played unbelievable and won 3-0.”

Again the same BS about “american psyche”. Which sports fan in the world will not find a dramatic end like this more amazing over a straight forward 3-0 win? It’s obviously more entertaining anywhere in the world and has nothing “american only” about it. The fact is that Howard is just looking inwards, absorbed in his own big well, unconscious of the fact that the feelings will apply to anyone anywhere in the world.


June 15, 2010


Filed under: Sports — Tags: , , , , , , — HarryCool @ 1:55 am


Really irritating noise. I initially thought it was the residual electronic noise of TV guys blocking crowd noise from there broadcast or something like that. Never imagined that it is a real noise coming out of that instrument … Ban the damn thing!

the ubiquitous narrow instrument that’s making every contest in South Africa sound like a ferocious swarm of radioactive bees—or a Hollywood publicists’ luncheon
… It’s apparently irritating TV viewers … you bet it is!
Besides, who are we in the U.S. to complain about vuvuzelas? We gave the world Twitter and Ke$ha. – yea, you got that right! Don’t forget facebook.

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