England Football Player Blames Video Games For Team Failure

from the what,-no-other-countries-have-playstations? dept

We see all sorts of problems being blamed on technology, but here's a new one. An English football/soccer player is now blaming video games for England's inability to reach the finals of the Euro 2008 football championships. It's not entirely clear what is so objectionable about the video game consoles, as his comments aren't exactly clear in terms of reasoning: "We would have the best team if we could go into every household and throw away every PlayStation, Xbox and video game." Apparently, other countries are better because people have nothing better to do: "Other countries seem to bring on world-class players, countries like Argentina and Brazil where often it's football or nothing. In contrast we live in a country where we have choices and perhaps the will to do it, the need to escape your own situation, is not so clear." If I'm parsing that correctly, it sounds like he's actually saying it's pretty much all progress that's to blame. If the country were in squalor and the only way to survive was to play the sport, then the national team would be better. He may be right... but, of course, it means that (beyond happy fans), you'd have a pretty miserable country.
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    football, 30 Jan 2008 @ 1:10am

    Re: lol

    that's a plain lame excuse. perhaps whoever said that may have sent most or there free time just doing that instead of other stuff. football may not have exploded in the us but it sure as hell has exploded just about everywhere else in the world.We don't? I thought it was just that those across the ocean are a bit dense to understand the whole "sarcasm" concept, but if you say so." We don't? I thought it was just that those across the ocean are a bit dense to understand the whole "sarcasm" concept, but if you say so. the english don't have a sense of humor, perhaps he got his metaphor for video games from Elton's take on the internet? WTF?!?!?! this is so ridiculous its hilarious! hell, based on that logic school is bad too, because there are so many good athletes that would be able to play on the team if they didn't have hours of homework and school to attend! lol... not only that, but not everyone is interested in sports, hell, I don't even watch them (well, some times...)! Seems like when something doesn't go your way, either blame video games, the internet, or the government. welcome to 2007. lol
    (i just can't take this guy seriously at all! lol)
    This is pretty funny, this guy is blaming video games for his teams laziness. He must understand that FIFA 08 is just a video game, an while he is moving his fingers he should be moving his ass. Don't blame others for your short comings buddy.

    do u all think that is too long lol. have fun reading it lol

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