Great take TFC as well. I agree with your thoughts and IMHO we are in a troubling situation considering the game fighting so hard since the success of USA 1994 to draw in more North American fans.
I go back to 1982 when World Cup coverage was not even available live on TV but for the final. And I was in Italy in 1990 to watch most of those games whilst there mind you with only the second half of some of the first round games shown live in the US. How far we have come, but how far this World Cup lags indeed and will we go backwards now?
And Greece-Nigeria just now to add fuel to the fire of discontent. :roll: Essentially one autogol and two from just plain woeful goalkeeping even by amateur standards. This is not world class football indeed.
Time for some rule changes to the code I say or at least in North America soccer will be back on the wane with some of its high growth squandered -- see my 4 points for win recommendation below for starters.
I did not see the match between Argentina and South Korea from this morning, but perhaps as I had anticipated correctly that was the best one yet? Otherwise second half Brazil-South Korea I would have to say, but compared to other World Cups so far this one like TFC has been dreadful overall though our coverage of it in the US has been absolutely the best ever and is solid even by higher British standards. Hopefully my high hopes for tomorrow Friday are on target with three prospective solid matches.
As of Wednesday afternoon some telling quick stats by these fine authors Stark covering the games for Real Clear Sports:
[url=http://www.realclearsports.com/blognetwork/the_cup_running_over/2010/06/stats-for-the-first-set-of-games-in-the-world-boring-cup.html]http://www.realclearsports.com/blognetw ... g-cup.html[/url]
And here is a fine brief article on why the World Cup action is not as compelling now from the same authors who apparently anticipated correctly the very same:
[url=http://www.realclearsports.com/blognetwork/the_cup_running_over/2010/06/why-the-world-has-been-so-boring----and-is-likely-to-remain-that-way.html]http://www.realclearsports.com/blognetw ... t-way.html[/url]
It's a fine take overall though I find only the following statement in it one-sided and rather misleading, as in fact even in such a situation any player realises that the World Cup is his venue also for ETERNAL glory and heroism.
Add to all this the natural hesitancy that creeps in when a player knows that any mistake could make him a goat for a lifetime (a la Robert Green) and the style of play tends toward the ultra-conservative.
From Italia 1990 remember Roger Milla anyone? Salvatore "Toto" Schillaci?
Those are players who were more to their countries in the World Cup well over and above their professional careers, and most fans, coaches, and players over age 30 remember those guys to this day. So far we have perhaps only Higuain whose name few of us including me can even pronounce correctly as of yet.