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06/12/2010 06:53:31 PM · #26
Did anyone else notice how rarely the players caught up to long passes? I heard that the field was slick, but given Green's lapse I wonder how slick the ball was. It certainly made it difficult for the US's lob and run to it style, and England's usual crisp one touch passing suffered an amazing number of bobbles on skip passes. No excuse for green not getting his body behind the shot, but it will be interesting to see how it plays out with Spain and Brazil's usually crisp game.
06/12/2010 07:11:45 PM · #27
Soccer. An American Perspective

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Pretty bad when the most exciting part of the game is the announcer yelling gooooooaaaaaallllll

Message edited by author 2010-06-12 19:12:59.
06/12/2010 07:14:43 PM · #28
Originally posted by BrennanOB:

No excuse for green not getting his body behind the shot ...

He was behind the shot, but he brought his hands too close together and it hit off the heel* of his right hand and spun right around him. If he'd had his hands 6-8 inches apart, the ball would have bounced forward if similarly mishandled. I also think it was such an easy shot that he started to look up to plan an outlet pass before the ball got there, much as a shortstop might let a double-play ball through his legs in his haste to get a fast trail runner ...

*The technical term for the heel of the hand on the thumb side is "thenar eminence," but I didn't think the word eminence belonged in a sentence describing that particular event.
06/12/2010 07:17:51 PM · #29
Originally posted by photodude:

Soccer. An American Perspective

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Pretty bad when the most exciting part of the game is the announcer yelling gooooooaaaaaallllll


It's a lot more exciting than the American pastime Baseball. Now there's a definition of boring. ;o)

Message edited by author 2010-06-12 19:18:10.
06/12/2010 07:17:56 PM · #30
Originally posted by photodude:

Pretty bad when the most exciting part of the game is the announcer yelling gooooooaaaaaallllll


Except that wakes and you get mad because you know something finally happened and you missed it!
06/12/2010 08:08:34 PM · #31
Ah, yes. the buzzzzzzz. When I saw the first game (and wasn't that a thriller!) between Mexico and So. Africa, it was my introduction to the killer beeeeeezzz. Eventually I too learned they were called the vuvuzela and were made from animal horns. Heck, when an ancestor of mine (by marriage) had such a horn, he plugged the end and stored gun powder in it!
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In any event the horn-blowing audience must have burnt off a lot of energy into those things. Energy that otherwise might have been channeled in a less harmless way. Still, I wonder how they could see around the things to watch the game. And, ahem, I wonder just how much bad beer breath bounced onto the field. (gasp)

Okay, I'll stop now.

Another imponderable of soccer, I-mean-football.

The announcers were rough on Green who blew the ball handling detail and let the USA score. Calling it a schoolboy mistake was a bit over the top. But what the heck, he walked off the field with his head held high (with, obviously, an extraordinary effort).

So, all in all, yeah, it was a good game.
06/12/2010 08:51:19 PM · #32
Originally posted by sfalice:

The announcers were rough on Green who blew the ball handling detail and let the USA score. Calling it a schoolboy mistake was a bit over the top. But what the heck, he walked off the field with his head held high (with, obviously, an extraordinary effort).


He was getting his last look at the outdoors. The death threats will likely keep him in the dark for a while...
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