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I'm in a foul and irritable mood. I snapped at a co-worker who posed a legitimate but in my eyes extremely stupid question, and I'm not going to apologise for it because he is a wanker anyway, as is everyone who gets to leave work in time to witness the kickoff and then gets to watch the entire match tonight. Me, I won't get home until after the final whistle has been sounded, and it's all thanks to the fact that they've changed the bus schedule at the beginning of this month. Had things stayed the same, I might have caught the last 20 minutes.

I'm especially finding fault with those office tigers who have come into work wearing orange jerseys - why couldn't they have taken the day off and left me to get on with my work in peace and quiet?

Also, even if I'm happy for my English friends that their country's gone through to the next round (or nearly), I can't help but feel sorry for T&T and the Socca Warriors -- they were so close to another draw. England disappointed in the first half, and really didn't do much better in the second, so I don't think they really deserved to win. I would have love for T&T to have gone through to the last 16...

In this morning's paper, the Ivory Coast coach was quoted as saying they hadn't come to the tournament to be sent back home in the second week, so they were going to go into this match focused and intending to win...which should make it an interesting game to watch, seeing as how Ivory Coast fields a strong team even when they're not particularly imbued with the will the win.

Oh I do hope my countrymen can beat them! Hup, Holland, hup!

ETA: toned it down a bit. Rants, by their very nature, are short on nuance, but still...no need to upset anyone.

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xionin
Jun. 16th, 2006 01:50 pm (UTC)
*confused* are you angry with them for supporting the team? or for being ignorant americans?
gamiila
Jun. 16th, 2006 02:03 pm (UTC)
They're not supporting the team at all. They don't know about football, have no real interest in the game, don't follow the World Cup at all. It's just a front.
xionin
Jun. 16th, 2006 02:42 pm (UTC)
i see
__kali__
Jun. 16th, 2006 02:18 pm (UTC)
Hey, even the football players jave problems with the offside rule - particularly after the british FA changed the ruling on what could be considered offside a few years back.
gamiila
Jun. 16th, 2006 03:14 pm (UTC)
I agree, that new rule looks much more sensible on paper than it does on the pitch: an attacker can stand in an offside position so long as they are NOT involved in active play, in which they a) interfere with play, b)interfere with an opponent, and/or c) gain an advantage from their position. The old rule was much better because unambiguous: if you weren't involved in active play, and you hung around your opponent's goal behind the last line of their defenders, you were off-side plain and simple.
scatterheart
Jun. 16th, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC)
Wow, that sucks about having to work, and with ignorant co-workers, too. :(

Keeping my fingers crossed for you tonight! And I agree about T&T.
gamiila
Jun. 16th, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
They won! They won! They're through!

Not sure whether they deserved to, but...they won!

Next up, Argentina.
scatterheart
Jun. 16th, 2006 06:03 pm (UTC)
*applauds* \:D/
calove
Jun. 16th, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC)
*pets you gently and steps away carefully*
gamiila
Jun. 16th, 2006 09:58 pm (UTC)
Probably best. ;-)
enigmaticblues
Jun. 16th, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC)
*hugs* It sucks to miss something you want to watch, and never more when you know other people will be able to see it.
gamiila
Jun. 16th, 2006 10:19 pm (UTC)
I managed to see the tail end of the match; we won, and I'm all happy again.

Football...it brings out the worst in people.
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