At 2 pm today I sat down to watch two sporting events – The final match of the World Cup on TV and the Boston Red Sox vs. the Chicago White Sox on MLB.TV.
My baseball game is tied and they just keep on playing. Six hours later we’re in the 19th inning and still going. The teams are out of pitchers, but they keep playing.
The World Cup game ended after 3 hours of tie game with a penalty kick. Lame! Because one guy kicked a ball into the goal with basically nothing there to stop it another didn’t, that makes one team a the World champions??
Imagine if they did this in baseball – if a game ran more than 11 innings, they’d have a home run derby to determine who wins. That’s just stupid. Tough it up and keep playing.
It seems to me that if soccer has such a problem with games ending up in a stalemate, they should change the game to make it easier to score, not just end the game with some arbitrary kicks. Perhaps after every 10 minutes of overtime, each team has to take another player off the field. Eventually it’ll be just two guys dueling it out with nobody in the goals. Now that would be exciting, unlike the 100 minutes of pointless dribbling I watched today.
Between dribbling, the players practiced their drama skills by wailing on the grass, trying to convince the referee that they were tripped. You don’t have to act like you’re hurt when a baseball hits you in the head at 95 mph. It hurts.
Soccer is for wimps.