Soccer Sucks

Soccer is a crummy sport.  I read somewhere that soccer is a poor mans game because all you need is a ball and your legs.  The world loves it American’s attentions are clearly focused on many other things.  Our children play 10 sports not one.  The world loves it so I am interested.  The rules of soccer are ridiculous.  A clock that counts up and not down, rules to limit scoring, rules to limit substitutions, and the strangest rules about fouls/penalties that exist.

So here are my proposals for rule adjustments:

  1. Scoring: American’s love games where people score.  The offside rule in soccer should be abolished.  This would encourage cherry picking, add to scoring, and totally change the way defense is played.   0-0 ties are a waste of money.  If NFL fans attended a game that ended with no resolution with a 0-0 tie the fans would burn down the stadium.
  2. Clock:  Ok shorten the halves to 30 minutes but how about a clock that counts down and is stopped between dead balls.  The purist will talk about the continuity and fluidity of play but that is a dead issue.  How about a game where you actually get a set amount of time for game play.  Soccer players stall and waste time and the “stoppage time” is a mere fraction of the amount time wasted during dead balls.
  3. Substitutions: Why on earth would soccer want to limit the number of substitutions?  Substitutions not only let more players play but add an element of strategy about when and how to substitute.  I say soccer players should be able to sub in and out at any dead ball like American football or basketball.
  4. Fouls:  Fouls will always be arbitrary but giving one team a man advantage when some fouls out?  That is an absurd rule.   Let try this how 6 fouls like NBA basketball and you foul out.  Then you are out and someone else is in.  Technical/flagrant fouls are like yellow cards 2 and you are out.  Extreme flagrant results in a red card.  But when you are out someone else is in.  Control the aggression and the game but no one should have a man advantage.
  5. Instant replay:  All sports are dealing with this but soccer must add instant replay.  Stoppage of play or not get the call right.  The outcome should not be affected when technology can show a referee the correct call.

The US game versus Algeria was drama and great fun to watch but to wait till the 91st minute to get 1 goal.  Geez fix this sport someone please.

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Hangings and Plantings

We moved into a new house at the end of April after a 2 year struggle.  We sold and we moved which in turn created its own set of struggles. After the house had been on the market 23 months I decided to build something permanent.  Well semi-permanent anyway.   Being quite discouraged I figured the only way to really sell it would be to use reverse psychology.   (I never took psychology in college though!)   So I read a blog about a raised garden bed.  My wife do not garden we spray round-up on weeds.  Round-up is our miracle grow.  The idea of a small (and I mean small) garden seemed intriguing.   My father had intermittently planted a garden when I was a boy and I thought my own girls would enjoy it.  Mainly I thought they liked to play in the dirt anyway so why not give them a legitimate outlet.  To complicate matters even further a co-worker and friend told me about the square foot gardening method.  Then a church friend had done it and subsequent discussions fueled the square foot gardening fire.  In the meantime I found this great site that gives great advice about square foot gardening including a great color coded planting schedule.    So yeah this was supposed to be a short story not epic… $200 later I had successfully built (with the help of my lovely wife and children of course) a raised garden bed.

Two weeks later at almost exactly the 24 month anniversary of the house being on the market the house was finally under contract.  The buyers came by our house a week after the contract was signed to have another look at the house and mentioned that the garden box was one of the house’s main attractions.

You just never know what might sell your house.  Today I hung a picture in the house.  The first one.  We have a part of a plan of what goes where but nothing concrete yet.