Some days you get the bear and some days the bear gets you.
The first full week of World Cup 2018 competition revealed an inverse trajectory for arguably the two greatest ball strikers on the planet. Cristiano Ronaldo cemented a foothold into immortality with a hat trick (3 goals) in Portugal’s opening match against Spain, probably the best match so far.
On the flip side, Lionel Messi got punched right in the mouth by Captain Ignominy, and got his lunch money taken as well.
Missing that penalty kick was brutal.
Every World Cup has a relative newcomer who everyone wants to adopt; this year it’s Iceland. Youtube “Viking Clap”, Iceland takes their soccer seriously.
I know soccer does not blow up the skirts for most folks. Probably because of the lack of goals, the USA has been reluctant devotees of the sport, but this is changing. Athletic prowess has always been admired and these guys are absolute beasts. The corner-stone of mastering any sport is footwork, you hear it all the time. Many have remarkable dexterity with their hands and soccer takes a whole new set of skills, something I really admire.
This year is the first time instant replay is being used, about damn time. This has been one of my biggest beefs with soccer, a huge field, constant frenetic motion, limited referee’s watching the action, the best actors in the world selling flops and mystery contact. The object of officiating sporting events is to get it right, especially here where one kick of the ball can decide the entire match. Instant replay will go a long way in making the proper calls even if it is ex-post facto.
The other day Mexico, a really good team, defeated Germany, the reigning World Cup champ. Landon Donovan took to twitter before the match and gave his views on why he was supporting Mexico. Needless to say he got blasted. Look, as noted before in my kneeling for anthem posts, sports transcends politics, root for any team you want and be proud doing it.
Lastly, a few words about the host nation. I will put this as delicately as I can ……………………..FUCK RUSSIA!!!
As with the Olympics, my first allegiance is to the Red,White and Blue in all things competitive. Next I root for the host nation, winning on your home turf is special and I recognize the national pride in these achievements. But Russia is a gangster nation full of thieves, reprobates, criminals, and alcoholics. The only thing I like about Russia is their female tennis players, the rest of the nation can suck my dick. I want their soccer team bounced at the earliest possible moment.
We can add comments as the competition moves along, add any memorable matches or play throughout. I admit I’m a slug when it comes to World Cup. I will watch some matches every day and YouTube the highlights of the ones I missed.
This go round I will be rooting for Portugal to win, or Belgium, Iceland would be pretty cool as well.
Thank you, Donald Trump, for all your hard work in securing hosting rights for the 2026 World Cup.
We will be getting 60 matches here in The States, several played right here in the Bay Area. Although if I’m still living in the Bay Area 8 years from now, I’m going to be sorely disappointed.