Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The anger wells...

I don't even know what to say about it at this point. On top of already installed concerns about things like human trafficking, forced labor and various rights issues, we've been over selection BS that now seems trivial if remembered at all, the bait-and-switch on summer realities, winter fantasies and now news like this on the road to World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

Upon learning something like this, I tend to try my damnedest to understand how it could possibly be... which is to say that I fail miserably to understand. You see, stuff like this does not only makes me 99.999999% sure I would refuse an assignment at any Qatar World Cup in the foreseeable future. No, it also makes me ponder the notion of voluntarily walking away from a job I love just to keep FIFA's stink off my personal sense of humanity. As the years go by, tangentially working under Sepp Blatter's filthy umbrella, it eats at me. I always wanted to see the world, but now I think there is yet another place that isn't worth the human cost of seeing it. Then, of course, I eventually remember that the whole reason I do this job is so all of you don't need to spend the day massaging your temples over all the depressing nonsense that goes on in the world.

I don't have every answer, but there needs to come a day when the sport's global organization is either turned proper to some appreciable extent or usurped by a breakaway conglomeration. To be perfectly frank, I should call for it more even if it's not really "my area of the pitch" in this game. It is simply unacceptable that FIFA can't be bothered to know shit about shit when there's money to be grubbed - which, in today's soccer calendar, translates to ummm always.

In summary, I feel quite aggravated. Maybe I'm a dreaming idiot, but I hope you'll join me.

- Greg Seltzer


Mark said...

Amen! Amen!

dikranovich said...

no, I think the problem is that these people want to go to these rich oil countries for work, to make more money, but they have to read the fine print and know what they are getting in to.

im sorry, but the French footballer sounds like a cry baby. he has his family with him for gods sake. man the F up.

this whole situation seems like a good opportunity to spread the love around and get more of the middle east involved in 2022.

Qatar is in no room to negotiate terms, and we will see games in Tehran, how about Iraq? wow, one can really dream.

this is a chance to really make positive steps moving into the future, and im not sure that these hard line approaches are the best way forward.

Greg Seltzer said...

You have a severe mental problem.

Marc Silverstein said...

Sign me up

Freegle said...

I would never have imagined that we hadn't yet reached the apex of ridiculous things that dickranovich posts on this site but this is on a whole other level. Congrats on reaching a new high (or low as the case may be).

I always have a hard time with sports organizations trying to dictate social change and I think FIFA probably has no right do dictate something like this with their murky history. However, I see no reason that the PLAYERS should not be protesting this vociferously considering it it one of their own who is being mistreated.

A simple threat to boycott Qatar by the players could end all of this nonsense (seriously, is there ANYONE who things a Qatar World Cup is a good idea?) and allow FIFA to correct the matter in the best interest of the game but keep their party line of the value of expanding the game globally justifying Qatar as a sound potential host.

JBS said..., just wow. Your trolling is on another level, pal.

Unknown said...

I never post here but I’d like to take the opportunity to remind you that you stated that this site has a zero-tolerance policy for talk on politics. Not only is his topic profoundly political but profoundly important and I think this is a good example of how difficult it is to separate politics and sports. Between the stories of protests at the Confederations cup, the sexual orientation of Robbie Rogers, and Didier Drogba using his platform to promote peace in Cote D’Ivoire, there are a bunch of times when talking about the relationship between politics and soccer is pretty darn interesting. I understand your desire to keep divisive political debating off the site, but I think you might want to review your “zero-tolerance” policy, especially considering how strongly you feel about the politics (and a load of other issues) of having the World Cup played in Qatar.
p.s. you can block me now, I never comment anyway.

Greg Seltzer said...

Frank, the zero-tolerance policy is specifically for discussions of American politics that have no connection to the sport. This is specifically to avoid all irrelevant animosities. No reminder or review process necessary here.

PS - Why on Earth would I block you?

dikranovich said...

nobody is blocking anyone ninja. this is America.

I think Israel could be part of this 2022 world cup also.

beruit, tel aviv, Tehran, Baghdad, amman, Riyadh, demascus, and Doha. eight cities, eight groups.

Greg Seltzer said...

1 - The funny part is you think no one gets blocked in America.

2 - The Sepp already decreed there would no World Cup time share among countries (for what that's worth).

dikranovich said...

1. dude, I know people get blocked in America. ive been blocked by you, and im in America.

2. it aint worth much, because the guy has said all sorts of things.

2022 is going to be in the middle east. we should embrace that, not decry it.

UnitedDemon said...

dik, really.

A man who is trapped in a hostile nation with his wife and children with no way out.

We should embrace this, not decry it.

Pinch yourself. Now times that by hopelessness, depression, and involuntary servitude. Now add children. Don't fight it, that's empathy. You're welcome.

Greg Seltzer said...

1 - I've blocked you? Your continued posting has a funny way of showing it.

2 - The issue decried is not about the region where it will be, it is about what is occurring in the specific country. How do you not get this?

dikranovich said...

dudes..... first of all, it sounds like this French footballer could drop whatever claim he thinks he has and freely leave the country, yet he wants to get paid for back wages that he feels he is owed. that's what it sounds like to me.

americans, in general, are none to happy when people, non US citizens, come to our country and work, make money, and then don't pay taxes on the money earned, here in the USA.

this guy signed on to the Qatari way, and that is something everyone should keep in mind. he sure as shit did not go to Qatar for the quality football.

Greg Seltzer said...

I don't even know where to start with that. So I won't.

dikranovich said...

just take your time and take it one thought at a time, and we can take it point by point.

lets talk it through

dikranovich said...

what does everyone expect from a country the size of Delaware? I mean they are going up against the United States of America. they are going to do what they can to get that World Cup.

hey, working conditions are pretty bad all around the world and someone working for 300 a month might be coming from a country where wages are half that.

if I might maybe quote mr everlast from the house of pain. who said, "everyone better clean up their own backyard, before they go knocking on their neighbors door."

Greg Seltzer said...

That you actually think this feeling has a thing to do with some sort of sour grapes over losing the WC selection is exactly why I'm not discussing this with you.

Let's allow others to speak now, thanks.

dikranovich said...

mexico punches the ticket today for brasil. four teams from concacaf representing. that is really news worthy

Greg Seltzer said...

Then go harass a blog that is smart enough to be discussing that. And so now we've again reached the time when I start deleting comments if you continue to press on with the tiring disruptions of custom premise, strawman industry and intentional whackadoo.

No reply required, thanks.