The Guru loves his PVR.
Like many men of a certain age, he is really 14 years old and has happily entertained himself for hours during dull moments in soccer games by hitting stop, rewind and slo-mo.
Last night we were at the game and missed this example of great sportsmanship from MR C Ronaldo:
Very similar to this, isn’t it?
This has been a tournament where the giants have performed disappointingly and sometimes behaved like a bunch of toddlers.
Refusing to play nicely, sulking (aka going on strike) throwing tantrums, spitting … perhaps some of the teams would do well to consult Dr Christopher Greene (he of my favourite husband-taming manual, Toddler Taming, fame) instead of their traditional team psychologists, upon their return home.
Some “time to think” might be in order.
It might not have been the most well-behaved World Cup, but it has been dramatic.
And, adding a touch of pathos to the drama – the curse of everyone’s favourite Nike “Write the Future” ad.
While the ad itself has been so super-successful, (for e.g, according to marketing commentator, Brian Josephs, it has already generated 34% more online buzz than official sponsor Adidas has been able to achieve,) it appears to have had a dismal effect on the fortunes of it’s stars.
As reported by WCB, every single main star of Nike’s ad is now out of the tournament.
My comments in brackets.
“Even a few of the minor stars, like the US duo and Cesc, who’s played a whole 59 minutes in 4 games, are falling to the curse as well. Iniesta and Pique are still going strong.
Didier Drogba: Broken arm before the tournament; crashed out in the groups. (Sigh.)
Fabio Cannavaro: First round exit; tainted his legacy with a pretty mediocre showing in central defense; added injury to insult by retiring to Dubai.
Franck Ribery :First round exit; may or may not have called Yoann Gourcuff names and/or punched him in his pretty face. (For shame! You Asterix character you.)
Wayne Rooney: Swears at fans before thrashing by Germany.
Christiano Ronaldo: Spat out by Sain in Group of 16 match. Spits at Cameraman. Out of eight World Cup halves, he showed up for most of one – when Portugal were already routing North Korea.”
Adidas can take some comfort in the performance of it’s two “Chosen Ones.”
David Villa has been extraordinary and Lionel Messi, while yet to cover himself in glory, has also yet to swear, or spit at anyone.
To the caravan, Groundsmen, on the double!
Your baked beans await.