Daily Archives: October 5, 2009

For 90 Minutes, a Break From a Political Crisis in Honduras

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“While Honduras finds itself increasingly isolated after its president was deposed in a coup d’état, the poor Central American nation is gaining respect in another area of consuming international interest — soccer. A home victory against the United States on Saturday would virtually assure Honduras of qualifying for the World Cup for the first time since 1982. Barring a dramatic incident, the country’s 7.8 million residents will — for two hours at least — be largely focused not on the continuing political crisis but on perhaps the most anticipated sporting event ever held in Honduras.” (NYT)

Premiership Conclusions

“1. Draws Galore. Despite what some people might say, there’s nothing innately boring about a sports match ending in a draw. While I’ve heard many arguments for penalties to decide league matches as well as many even worse ideas, a good hard fought draw between two evenly matched sides can be a great sporting spectacle. However, it had seemed so far this season, that the draw may have been on its way out, as in the first seven ’rounds’ of this season (i.e. before this weekend) there had been only four drawn fixtures. …” (They think its all over)

Talking a good game

“One of punditry’s perpetual rhetorical teasers is to ask how the players of certain eras would fare in today’s game. It’s a bit like wondering how Henry the Eighth would govern modern Britain or what sort of script Shakespeare might have produced if he’d been commissioned to write an episode of Doctor Who. Given the futility of musing on how Tom Finney would fit into a 4-5-1 aimed at grabbing a 0-0 away draw, you’d think that former players would know better than to get involved in such discussions.” (WSC)

Chelsea 2 – 0 Liverpool: Absolute Fiery Throbbing Red-Hearted Romance

“What did Big Phil do to those guys? For a long time—say, from the latter days of Mourinho through the start of the Hiddink Intercession—the Chelsea dressing room was a hive of choler and pique. The players visibly didn’t like each other, didn’t trust their manager (whoever he happened to be), and generally had the air of passengers who have all privately concluded that the ship they are on is sinking as they eye the exits and edge toward the only lifeboat.” (Run of Play)