Sunday, June 27, 2010

Italy's exit

Italy's exit from the World Cup has been blamed on ageing defenders, unimaginative play, and so on, but I think there's a more direct reason: Buffon's injury. All the three goals conceded by Italy against Slovakia can be attributed to errors by Marchetti, Buffon's replacement -- inability to adapt to an unforeseen loss of possession at the edge of the box (goal #1), not fully covering the near post (#2), and being a step too late to smother the attack (#3). The reason for the attack being lacklustre was Pirlo's absence; witness the improvement in the accuracy of passing and the incisiveness once he came on.

My already low opinion of footballers has sunk even lower, watching their histrionics. Unless something is done to curb their cynical behaviour (allowing post-match usage of video footage to dish out liberal punishment would be a start), using 'football' and 'beautiful game' in the same sentence would make sense only if there is a 'not' somewhere in between.

Some vuvuzela humour (courtesy Reddit):
  1. A web site that adds the vuvuzela blare to your browsing experience
  2. Vuvuzela instruction manual
  3. A vuvuzela hits CD
  4. Heaven and hell
By the way, the broadcasters seem to have done something to reduce the noise -- things are much quieter in the round of 16.

All time favourite musical moment in a movie

Someone asked the question "What is your all time favourite music moment is a movie?" at Reddit. The first thing that comes to mind is the climax of The Last of the Mohicans, and it's not just me:
I like the part of Last of the Mohicans when they are running up the mountain path to exact revenge. Awesome instrumental accompanied by chopping people up with large blades. Gives me the chills every time.
Amen to that -- goosebumps time, alright.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

World Cup

  1. Yes, please do ban the fricking vuvuzelas. I had to twiddle with the sound system in my TV for half an hour to figure out a way to create a custom audio profile that reduces the impact of their blaring.

  2. I've realized something which has been gnawing at me for quite a while: 90% of football -- 90% of all matches, as well as 90% of any match -- basically sucks. Unless it's your team playing, watching the ball being swatted about as if it's a pinball machine, with nary a goal-mouth action for practically the whole match brings no joy. Stuff like this and this make more and more sense.

  3. Some advice to footballers: if you're already on a yellow card, depending on the referee's interpretation of the rules to avoid a second yellow and get off with just a foul is plain dumb, so spare us the indignant looks and hangdog expressions when you're given marching orders. Oh, and stop being such pansies.

  4. Maybe it's just me, but the African teams' corner flag celebrations after scoring goals are starting to look cliched and lame. Roger Milla you guys aren't.