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Friday, July 02, 2010

Something Completely Different

I should be scaring up a fascinating post about beer now--I had actually hoped to address the question of whether the OLCC was necessary--but I'm too busy pondering soccer football. In the just-completed match between Ghana and Uruguay, we witnessed an amazing ending. The game was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation and therefore into extra time--two 15-minute periods. Right at the end of the second extra period, Ghana earned a free kick. The last grains of sand were heading for the hourglass's neck, making this the last action of the game. If Ghana failed to score, it was onto penalty kicks, which appeared to favor striker-rich Uruguay and their battle-tested goalkeeper.

Ghana arched a ball in front of the goal and one of their players rattled it off the keeper--but it was still loose. A second shot from just a few feet out would be good, but Suarez, a Uruguayan player--not the keeper--illegally defended with his hands. Red card! Penalty kick! But alas, Asamoah Gyan, in a chance to end it there, missed the goal. Ghana went on to lose in penalty kicks. Below is a recap; relevant highlights start at 2:15.

For those who don't watch soccer, and who profess that it's not worth watching, this is the soccer fan's rebuttal. A terrible ending for Black Star fans, but vivid competition.

1 comment:

  1. Goal tending, score the goal... oh wait, that's our real sports, not this soccer ball flop fest.