Having been called lazy for
writing 700 words and trawling for a load of video clips this morning, Early
Doors isn't in the mood to indulge
its fickle public this afternoon.
Particularly when it has reached
the fag-end of an 11-hour shift. Third-person blogs have feelings too.
Read something else, like this -
a dream team from the Champions League group stage.
Or this - some preposterous tosh
claiming Chris Waddle would have scored in 1990 if he had been using the Adidas
Jabulani, which will be used at the 2010 World Cup.
Actually, ED can't resist a quick rant on this last story.
One of the boffins who helped
develop the Jabulani, Dr Andy Harland of Loughborough University
said of Waddle's famous sky-er: "He
aimed for the top corner. If he had this ball I think it would have gone in."
Now, obviously Harland is talking
rubbish, but what if he were right?
Let's suppose there was a ball so
accurate it could find its intended target in any circumstances. Wouldn't that raise some rather troubling philosophical
Part of football is having the
technical ability to propel the ball in the direction you want. If you take
away the ability for players to be rubbish, then you stop rewarding the good
What would happen if the ball
moved in a perfect trajectory even when hacked wildly? It would make Titus
Bramble capable of playing like Lionel Messi, and thus remove any degree of
In pure football terms, Waddle's miss was a good thing. He did not miss because
the ball was insufficiently round and wobbled crazily over the bar.
He missed because - under immense
pressure - he got underneath the ball and sliced it into the crowd. Thus, England were worse than West Germany at
penalties and lost the game. Which is how it ought to work.
want balls that are more accurate, more forgiving, and kinder to the players. It
want them to make life harder.
The World Cup ball should be the
size and shape of a sweet potato. It should make life so hard that only the
truly great players can control it - only that way could the difference between
good and bad be properly established.