Saturday, 3 July 2010

Football Is Just a Game

Obvious, right? Perhaps not. I've enjoyed the buld up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and have watched my fair share of matches to date. Every team I've supported has been eliminated, but let's not dwell too much on that unfortunate fact. At least, I still remember that when all is said and done, football is just a game. And I was taught from a young age that winning or losing doesn't really matter; it's how you play the game. How sad, then, that our professional footballers choose to lie and cheat through every match, and I'm not talking about exceptions. It's the norm! Diving, raising of hands to appeal against non-existent fouls and hand balls, and feigning innocence in the face of blatant misdemeanours... The list could go on and on. Add to all that the weeping and crying and shouting and fighting on and off the pitch, and you'd be forgiven for thinking that we're talking about some thing more serious than 22 people trying to kick leather-bound air between vertical wooden sticks and under a crossbar.

They're all overpaid anyway. Perhaps that's the root of the whole problem...