Friday, December 23, 2011

What in the hell is going on this month?

We picked up bad mojo somewhere. Maybe it was something I ate, I don't know. Whatever the supernatural cause, our month of weirdness rolls right along with a Jermaine Jones to-do quickly brewing over in Germany. Soccer America's Paul Kennedy gives the succinct yet full info and feel for the situation sparked by the Schalke man's midweek DFB-Pokal madness here.

As I mentioned in last week's MLSS nightly recap, the US international has now seen nine yellow cards in the last 10 MIners matches - and that's not even including what the hubbub is all about. I've reached out to everyone about this, but nobody answers (maybe I should stop telling ze Germanz vy Ich ben collink in aedfants, ja?).

As such, allow me to turn this over to the blog Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung proper Bundesliga scribe Peter Körte for the "prevailing wind" around Jones right now. An excerpt kindly translated properly by BigSoccer poster smithfan:

Lousy, lousier, Jermaine Jones

An attempted assault, a lousy, characterless action which didn't occur in the heat of the moment, but with deliberate intention. Jones went calmly near the group, searched explicitly for Reus, went to the "right" side, it all proved that he had planned this - in contrast to the affective action which led to his sending-off later on.

You don't even have to continue talking about Jermaine Jones, about his tendency to whine and his moaning reaction after he had been ignored by Joachim Löw. Jones still wouldn't belong in neither the German nor the American national team even if he did play better football than he ever has. Basically, he doesn't even belong in the Bundesliga. There are nasty tackles, horrible dives (Robben!) and not acceptable insults to referees (Klaas-Jan Huntelaar). But an assault like this, where the deliberate intention was so obvious, that hasn't happened before.


Oi vey - part soixante dix, right?

As it so happens, I cannot count in German.

- Greg Seltzer

1 comment:

Cam said...

this might be the hockey player in me coming out, but you need some players who compete "on the edge" to make a successful team, you want someone to make the other team a little uncomfortable