Get Your Country's Technology-Related Excuses For Not Winning The World Cup In Now

from the there's-always-next-year dept

The next World Cup (wait, can we say that?) soccer tournament begins in less than two months, and it looks like some folks are already lining up the excuses for when their team underperforms on the pitch. The latest one: blaming the use of iPods and video games for preventing teams from building a "collective spirit." An English coach started the riff by saying, "I'm not a big fan of these big earphones on the way to games," and that "my thing with the iPod generation is that when they leave the ground and go away to their closeted little lives they shouldn't forget what's got them where they are and what impact they can have." It should be added that his team currently lies near the bottom of the top English league, and their problems likely run much, much deeper than their players' headphones. But hey, just like when your nation fails at the World Cup, it's a lot easier to blame technology than anything legitimate, like at the last tournament, when Brazil's poor performance was blamed on Ronaldinho's interest in scoring on his PS2 (and his girlfriend) rather than for his team. This pining for the good ol' days also ignores the idea that technology can deliver some benefits to players and their teams as well, and that the current generation of players might be more effective at bonding over some video games than beers, cards or whatever else their forerunners got up to.


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    Dark Helmet (profile), Apr 19th, 2010 @ 2:58pm

    To be fair...

    "Brazil's poor performance was blamed on Ronaldinho's interest in scoring on his PS2 (and his girlfriend)"

    I'm fairly certain we're all interested in scoring with Ronaldinho's girlfriend....

    http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&rlz=1G1GGLQ_ENUS304&q=ronaldinho's+girl friend&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=univ&ei=0dHMS8SoLIH98Abo1fyDBQ&sa=X&oi=image_res ult_group&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CBEQsAQwAA

     

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    :Lobo Santo (profile), Apr 19th, 2010 @ 3:03pm

    Re: To be fair...

    Hear hear!

     

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    Txknight (profile), Apr 19th, 2010 @ 3:25pm

    lol, but the computer simulations said we would win, the other team must have cheated

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 19th, 2010 @ 8:15pm

    the masnick converted the football market to free now all the players dont spend time on the field practicing they just sell lotttttsssss of t-shirts.

     

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    AdamR (profile), Apr 19th, 2010 @ 8:49pm

    Re: Wow!

    TAM(pon)!?

     

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    Dementia (profile), Apr 20th, 2010 @ 3:27am

    Re:

    Might want to re-read the author's name. It wasn't even Mike.

     

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    The Groove Tiger (profile), Apr 21st, 2010 @ 2:00am

    Re:

    the tam can't even read the name of the author of this post.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 21st, 2010 @ 8:10am

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    TAM speak with forked tongue !

     

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    Marcus Carab (profile), Apr 21st, 2010 @ 5:53pm

    I must admit, I don't love the social trend of everyone wearing headphones all the time, though I'm guilty of it fairly often.

     

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    Sofia, Jun 16th, 2010 @ 9:32pm

    HEADPHONES

    Does anyone know what brand are those headphones all the players are wearing?!? I think the have a B on the side???
    PLEASE HELP

     

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