Well, its been a while since I wrote here, over a month. I've been sorting out the mum stuff and its been hard. We're all in it and I'm glad of the family. Its a strong and close group of siblings and it makes a difference. I also seem to have run out of blogsteam. Aside from jumping in at JB's blog and his BT blogs I've basically become a lurker. Ain't that fucking creepy? Now that I'm actually bashing these keys here I'll be popping in and leaving a pile of doos at some other places.
While I'm here I'd like to have a small rant about the whole World Cup brouhaha. Hi everyone, I'm Therbs and I played soccer as a young 'un. I also gave Rugby League and, surprise surprise, Aussie Rules a go. My fave to play was League. It incorporated most of the skills and more anticipation than soccer and had the added bonus of affording me the opportunity of going in hard. Aussie Rules seemed softer, they really hated full on tackling. Soccer was soccer, basically a kicking and running game with a ball which would generally travel in a predictable way. That's my opinion and you won't change it, but feel free to flame.
The World Cup is basically politics writ large. It was expanded to 32 teams as a tip of the cap to "3rd World" soccer nations (e.g. Asia, the U.S., Africa and Oz) and a realisation that politicking for the right to host the World Cup was reaching an Olympic standard. More countries who feel involved, the better chance of being able to manipulate the votes. Politics is what counts in world soccer with the money a recognised constant.
So back to the games. I watched the U.S. - England and Oz-Germany matches and will probably watch the Kiwis tonight unless I really want to see what Gibbs is up to in NCIS. After that I'll be sticking to watching the Oz matches, maybe the semi-finals and final and occasionally a match starting at 9.00 p.m. But I'm not really into it this time around, didn't go into a tipping comp nor did I buy the SBS guide. Its partly due to an aging cynical outlook but also a realisation that the best quality soccer matches are generally found in the EUFA competitions. National teams rarely provide the concentration of talent seen in Man Utd, Milan, Barcelona, Chelsea etc. So basically I'll be keeping an eye on Straya and cherry picking a few other games. Hell, I may not even bother with the final if Brazil don't make it. When's the cricket start again?