Thursday, July 18, 2013

Hello, I'm psychotic.

Sure, Sepp Blatter would do anything to protect the up front cash - but he has another thing coming if he thinks he can get this past the top European leagues. Over at FIFA house, they've fallen too in love with sending World Cups (including the last Under-20 edition) to places with uninspired citizenry to filch through infrastructure spending.

The major federations all look the other way... that is, until you try to affect their games. What a silly man, the nutball who clearly doesn't understand the realistic reach of his overinflated self-interest. Oh well, it will be nice to see him finally lose at some nefarious thing.





- Greg Seltzer

27 comments:

Unknown said...

The Qatar World Cup was always completely absurd. I can't imagine the leagues accepting this, but on the other hand, Qatar 2022 can't be played during summer, it'll be a disaster.

Oh, and FYI, the expression is "another think coming" not thing.

Like "if he thinks he can do this, he has another think coming."

I always thought it was thing too until I saw a list of commonly misspoken expressions, and then had it corroborated by others as well as some online research.

Bernardinho said...

^That's fascinating, and actually sounds more hip to boot!

Greg Seltzer said...

I am aware that the original expression was "another think coming" - however, the one I used has since also become an expression in its own right. For example, every time I use it, I'm recalling the Judas Priest song. :)

dikranovich said...

I believe Michel platini is on record as saying he is in favor of something more along the lines of an MLS schedule. Who is the head of uefa again?

Desert Rat said...

It doesn't matter who the head of UEFA is, or FIFA either. International dates are negotiated between the leagues and FIFA/UEFA/CONCACAF/CONMEBOL et. al.

If Europe's leagues aren't willing to release their players for 6 weeks in December/January/February (whatever time frame it would be played in), you don't have a World Cup. Or at least, not one that's worth paying any attention to.

And, oh, by the way, any idiot who has ever spent a summer in Arizona (a place which is cooler, by comparison, than Qatar in mid-summer), could have told $epp Blatter that a Summer World Cup in such a place was going to be a New Miserable Experience to end all such miserable experiences, particularly for fans.

I give it about 2/3 chance that the Cup gets pulled from Qatar and farmed out to somebody in Europe or North America that has an existing infrastructure in place to accommodate it on short notice, because I think there isn't a snowball's chance in hell that it gets played in winter.

Greg Seltzer said...

Platini has said such things, but he's dreaming. Nobody will go for it.

dikranovich said...

I believe it was James Cameron who said can do, means must do.

JMart said...

All of the above and more. A place that's miserable in the summer, hates women and alcohol is a pretty tough sell to any reasonable person.

And then you have to potentially displace the Winter Olympics! The IOC, another notoriously corrupt organization, is gonna fight this tooth and nail!

dikranovich said...

Desert rat, please don't confuse yourself. The head of the machine controls the machine. That's just the way it is, and some things will never change. Arizona ain't that hot. It's a dry heat and it is not as brutal as humidity which sucks the air out of you. Besides listen to the man. World soccer is going to be changed by 2022.

Jacob Klinger said...

A lot's going to change in nine years. Qatar won't be exempt from that. But it's gonna be any cooler.

Jay said...

That's why I love NSC: a Sepp Blatter beatdown becomes a snarky comment on global warming. I, for one, can imagine a near future where half of Qatar's inhabitable land has been turned into serene, uninhabited coastline by a foot of rising ocean levels.

(Hey dik: film needs form.)

Desert Rat said...

You're a pollyannaish moron, dikranovich.

Anybody who thinks Arizona isn't hot, or is a dry heat has never been here this time of year. Today it was 110 degrees. And there's a strong chance of rain, so it's not exactly a *dry* heat, either.

And the point is Qatar is worse, since you clearly failed reading comprehension.

And what's going to change between now and 2022 to turn Qatar into a paradise on Earth exactly.

And frankly, La Liga, the BPL, Serie A, and the Bundesliga will tell $$$epp Blatter to pound sand.

Desert Rat said...

And further to my point, ESPN is reporting that the Premier League has already told $epp Blatter to sod off.

http://espnfc.com/news/story/_/id/1501626/premier-league-winter-world-cup?cc=5901

heythisisrobbie said...

Lol, can you guys imagine the type of goofball training sessions Jurgen would come up with ahead of a 125F World Cup?

Seriously though, we might actually have a chance to win a winter world cup. It'd be UEFA youth squads vs. MLS players. And a 125F game time temperature would slow Spain, Germany, and the rest of Europe down as well.

This is going to be awesome to see how everything unfolds. Regardless it'll be a giant taradactle egg on FIFA's face. It's too bad Blatter will likely be retired by then.

Jacob Klinger said...

@robbie Or, 10 years from now we have a team that could contend in a tournament that's been moved to home soil.

Then again, MLS All Stars laying a beatdown on European teenagers is kind of hilarious, too. Don't count out Sweden though.

heythisisrobbie said...

Damn your unbridled enthusiasm, Jacob.

I guess Julian Green will only be 27 then ;-).

evan said...

since most people here never been to qatar i will give you a heads up:

in summer you cant walk outside for more than 2 mins without being drenched in sweat.

doha is qatar: go east there the gulf, west is the american air force base, south is a few industrial cities, and far north is heavily guarded natural gas fields.

they are currently building a new city 20 miles from doha from scratch call lusail that will hold 1.5 m but in reality it could be rather empty by the wc.

doha is built out with no room from expansion really and traffic is already a major issue.

booze is cool in hotels (as long as its not during ramadan) and there is one liqueur store in the country and it is adjacent to the center for islamic affairs.

there have been four or five coup attempts in the last four years that just dont get spoken about. there is definitely support among qataris for there NOT to be a wc there.

just my two cents. a lot can change in 9 years but qatar is far off from pulling this off. i hope fifa enjoyed their bribes since the wc has zero business being played out this way.

ewocky said...

Sorry for the non sequitur, but does anyone know where to find pricing/availability/tickets for the August friendly in Sarajevo?

I'll be kind of nearby and am thinking about going, but my google skills have failed me miserably so far. No ticket link from ussoccer.com and I've tried lots of combinations of "tickets" and the country/stadium name to no avail. I even made a couple of attempted queries in Bosnian via google translate... those were a disaster.

downintexas said...

No worries, by 2022 MLS will be one of the top 5 leagues in the world, there will be many top players from all over the world playing in MLS. So it won't be youth teams ect. But regardless Europe won't do well with the heat, plus they never really win when they play outside of Europe

Greg Seltzer said...

Well... Spain did just win in South Africa. :)

Jacob Klinger said...

And Spain beat the Netherlands in the final.

Also, Germany took third.

Justin said...

Greg, sure, but they won in South Africa in winter! (And, so there, we've already had MULTIPLE winter world cups!)

downintexas said...

true, but Europe traditionally struggles outside of Europe, at least with time changes. Yeah and it was winter.

dikranovich said...

I think we can real put down El Salvador hard tomorrow. It is going to be intense. There are only about half a million salvadorians living within 100 miles of b'more. I'm sure half of them will be there. Churro s for everybody....

This is a game to send a clear message of intent. Beckerman, Holden, and mix disk form a three man triangle that should really shine tomorrow.

We should see four, maybe five goals tomorrow and with Besler an airtight defense.

Jay said...

Hurry up and get your own blog already, dik. We're talking about Sepp Goddamn Blatter.

dikranovich said...

You're such a hooligan aunt Esther!

Jay said...

Yes, clearly. I would definitely throw you onto the railroad tracks, or hit you with a broken beer bottle, or punch your horse in the face.