I was in a class all afternoon yesterday. We were on the 4th floor and as I didn't hear any horns honking I assumed ENG had won. Got the bad news when I got home and dialed up BBC web site. It was a good run from the lads and they went further than most of us thought - especially taking Italy to extra time.
Originally Posted by crgildart
I will be wearing an England kit tomorrow, even to church! I didn't pick them or Italy for the final 4 but hope England wins anyway..
Wore my ENG kit (white strip) to the Roger Waters show Saturday night! Fantastic show too. I'll post a couple of pics later.
Originally Posted by crgildart
As long as the game is still played by humans, I'd prefer that it be governed by them. I also believe that there should be more accountability of officials for bad calls and players for cheap shots. Game footage could be used to enforce punitive action against players and officials, criminal penalties if harm can be ascertained.
My opinion is a small minority. Even hockey uses goal cams, basketball reviews the three point line, and stops games to review calls. I think I've even seen them take a goal back off the scoreboard after the game has restarted upon a rare occasion here or there. I think there needs to be a significant amount of luck that decides games, not just raw skill and talent of the players. An occasional bad call (unintentional bad calls) is very entertaining and should be part of all sports.
I understand how you feel - I'm against shootouts and would rather see an "iron man" finish to a game where they keep playing until someone scores. Maybe "golden goal" after 2 extra time periods of 30 mins each (with the requisite 15 minutes halves).
Allowing review of replays on-field would introduce more accountability IMHO. Allow a 4th or 5th official in "the box" (off field in a replay booth like the NHL or NFL) to call fouls, hand out cards and rule offsides. This system is successful in rugby and you don't see any of the old ear-biting and punches on the far side of the scrum any more.
I had a good chat with my best friend this morning, he's a gridiron (American football) fan and said (FIFA) football refs have way too much power and influence over the game and I agree. We only have to look at the match fixing scandal in Italy. A book was written a few years back about corruption in the game and in some leagues the author reckoned most of the games are fixed. Even in EPL, there were some really dodgy moments on the last day of the season (Martin Fulop's fumbles anyone?) and I've seen some "mistakes" that've really made me wonder. He also thinks penalty kicks are a lame way to end a championship game.
Originally Posted by CaliSki
What was that? Almost seemed like a repeat of the Germany v. Greece game, except the defensive team was wearing white this time. England struggled to put together more than 3 passes in a sequence.
We always knew this was an average ENG team. After Rooney and Gerrard there are really no massive players that can change a game. Fair do's, they held an Italy team with a very good midfield and the mercurial Balotelli and took them to (hated) penalties but the gulf in quality showed - 2 missed kicks. The upside is a promising crop of youngsters led by the Arsenal crew (Wilshire, Ox, Walcott) and I reckon Welbeck will become a giant in the game. Our (Tottenham's) Walker would have been a welcome addition with more pace and attacking nous than Glen Johnson, he'll be a stalwart at RB for a few years to come I reckon.
Looking like Germany and Spain for the final - the two strongest teams in the tournament. POR has a chance if Ronaldo is on his game - but they still have to get the ball from ESP. ITA don't have a prayer against Germany. Maybe if Germany lose a man early to a red card but that team is too disciplined.