July 9, 2006

heads I win, tails you lose

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.”

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  1. This just made me think of The Mighty Ducks. And how coach Bombay has a flash back of when he was a kid making that shot. and then Charlie has to make the same shot for the win. Oh Mighty Ducks.

    Comment by Kelcium — July 10, 2006 @ 1:06 am

  2. I suggest that the Fee Committee breaks ties via penalty kicks.

    Comment by Anonymous — July 11, 2006 @ 3:59 am

  3. But the better team did win! You can’t tell me you were rooting for France after Zidane head-butted one of the Azzurri…

    Comment by mel — July 12, 2006 @ 6:26 pm

  4. Lets make something perfectly clear, I was rooting for france especially after Zidane head-butted one of the Azzurri….

    He made me want to play futbol like nobody before him.

    Comment by Red/Brian — July 12, 2006 @ 8:50 pm

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