I watched the Italy vs. France World Cup final earlier today as Italy won after double overtime with penalty kicks.
I’m not sure how I feel about the penalty kick system; penalty kicks do not tell me which team is better at “soccer,” they tell me which team is better at the entirely different mini-game known as penalty kicks.
Imagine if a football game ending in a tie meant the kicker who scored the best out of 5 field goals from the forty yard line would be declared the winner. The teams have shown they are essentially equal, and we just need to declare a winner for posterity’s sake. I’ve discovered an equally fair way to decide the winner of any given sporting event, I call it the “coin toss.”
Posted by Red Scott @ 11:41 pm