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Correspondent Scott has thoughts, but only a smattering of them -- which is not unusual:
o Rafa Benitez seems to have stepped on the accelerator on his way out of Chelsea, losing to Corinthians 1-0 in the Club World Cup final on Sunday. After starting with two 0-0 draws and a 3-1 thumping by West Ham, the Spaniard seems destined to give truth to the “Interim” part of his title. Even with the 3-1 victory over Sunderland and the 6-1 drubbing of FC Nordsjaelland, a stumble against Leeds United on Wednesday in the Capital One Cup may garner him an even earlier exit than initially thought.
o And this just in from the land of civil rights, free markets and unrigged elections: Fans of two-time defending Russian champion Zenit St. Petersburg are calling for non-white and gay players to be excluded from the team. Apparently, Landscrona, the largest Zenit fan club, released a manifesto proclaiming this stupidity. Even though any author who deems his scribbling a “manifesto” is, according to 4 out of 5 choosy moms who also choose Jif, a wacko, it is unfortunate that this type of idiocy gets any attention at all (I’m allowed to discuss it here because nobody actually reads my columns except my Mom who even admits she only gets to about every 4th one). Not surprisingly, and very appropriately, the club distanced itself the fan-atic club. As punishment, I recommend they be forced to live in St. Petersburg and watch only Russian soccer.
o Has anyone else noticed that Correspondent Ed has picked up a Groupie? We in the office are, of course, giggling sardonically through our envy. And those of our readers who actually finish his columns braying on about 3-2-1-3-1 formations, punctuated by brilliantly insightful comments, of course, would join us in the hilarity. But there it is, undeniably, on the 14th day of each of the past two months – the unmistakable call from a fan who cannot reach his adored author. You see, on 11/14 and 12/14 a mystery blog reader has courageously tagged Ed’s article as “Cool”. And, in other news, Correspondent Ed was arrested for hacking his own computer.
This is farlieonfootie for December 20.