soccer

2nd May
2011
written by Dame Suzy

Say what you’d like, but I don’t think it’s mere coincidence that sees Madrid’s defeat at the Bernabeu to a much lesser team occur right after Mourinho announces to the world that the team he coaches doesn’t stand a chance in its game at Camp Nou. Allowing three goals to Zaragoza is simply unheard of.

I am pissed because Real Madrid has the potential to become a solid team, not simply dependent on big names but actually gel as a team. Granted, the manner of picking players with different playing styles doesn’t help, but I really want them to succeed without the flash of cash they’re known for.

Stop badgering your players, Mourinho. You are single-handedly responsible for your team’s last performance.

25th March
2011
written by Dame Suzy

Karim Benzema has been on fire lately. Congratulations! But what threw off his game in the first place? The little scandal with the underaged hooker? I think so. Learn from the Italians. Choose an older, established, respectable one instead, and avoid the damage to your career and your game. Perhaps it’s through the help of special consultant Zinedine Zidane, who perhaps has been successful at least during his football career to keep any scandals under wraps, but something’s given Benzema back his shwing.

17th January
2011
written by Dame Suzy

Just an FYI that David Beckham’s Porsche sold for $217,100. And congratulations to him and wifey on their upcoming bundle of joy!

12th January
2011
written by Dame Suzy

I saw the picture of the matte black Porsche on the U.K.”s Sun website, and instantly thought of the junker featured on American T.V. show Californication. I thought surely this vehicle was vintage with its spray-painted looking exterior. But no, it’s a 2008 model with all the trimmings. There is a house in my neighborhood that has two vehicles parked outside poorly spray-painted a matte gray. I have often thought of donating money to them to get decent paint jobs. Now I can make the same offer to the dealers selling David Beckham’s vehicle.

Its ebay auction end date is set to be Dec. 14 (off from Dec. 12 a few days ago) and no longer features the soccer legend’s name in the listing.

It never ceases to amaze me how cheap-looking can be extremely expensive and lucrative to those involved. I can’t be resentful. I can only be envious.

29th November
2010
written by Dame Suzy

Is it the Catalan entrepreneurial spirit that also permeates its football? Or the success of its youth program which produces top-notch players many of which the Barcelona squad gobbles up when they’re barely out of diapers? Is it that a lower center of gravity via short players gives Barça a true competitive advantage? Or is it that Real Madrid has put all of its eggs in one basket via Cristiano Ronaldo? Before the game started, I believed Real Madrid would win because they have done far better than Barcelona in recent Champions League games. The slaughter really was a surprise. Of course, I didn’t understand why Raúl Albiol, such a big factor in the defense so far this season, wasn’t on the field. And I was unaware that Gonzalo Higuaín had failed a recent fitness test. Would their participation have made a difference? Did Casillas rely too much on what he thought should have been offsides calls? Let’s just say that Real Madrid, having been defeated by Barcelona and sometimes soundly, in their five latest confrontations, better learn something or face the facts that they will always be runner-up.

12th October
2010
written by Dame Suzy

About a decade ago, I thought long hair on a guy was hot. And it still is on occasion, but not on most men that sport it.

Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuaín cut their hair a while ago, and Carlos Tevez and national goalie Sergio Romero have finally jumped on board, leaving their starting lineup clean-cut for the first time in recent decades (I think). Argentina as a country was once recognized for its long locks, but now it is more clean-cut than its Spanish rivals/teammates. Spaniard Sergio Ramos of course finally gave his famous long hair a trendy trim over the summer, but Catalan Carles Puyol is still a hold-out.

Perhaps Argentina has lost its identity, but in the meantime it has gained the respect of this writer.

10th October
2010
written by Dame Suzy

Thank you, Kickette, for letting me know about this awesome ad that features David Villa exchanging jerseys with Dwight Howard, a U.S. basketball player.

30th September
2010
written by Dame Suzy

Seriously? Suspending an athlete for allegedly possessing minute amount of a performance-enhancing substance in his body? Why should athletes be just ordinary people? Why can’t we see their potential – using precautions of course to protect the athlete’s health? With all this technology available to us, why should we race like Neanderthals? Let’s embrace a bit of technology and the human body. We don’t race bikes made of round wheels made of rocks, competitive swimmers don’t race nude, so why not add a little “juice” to the athlete’s diet?

26th September
2010
written by Dame Suzy

So apparently, the Mexican national team was prohibited from bringing girls back to the hotel (why?) even after the game, but disobeyed orders and did bring some. Maybe they brought fourteen prostitutes and one transvestite. Maybe the girls and boy just happened to be in the hotel and heard the noise and joined them. Who cares? What are the odds that there will be a transvestite partying with you sometime without your knowing? 100%. I know, because it happened to me. Of course, the girls I partied with were transsexuals – that’s different. But I did not realize it until I was in the taxi with them! And you know what? We had a great time! Except that one of their friends kept grabbing the front of my neck wondering if I was a transsexual myself. Sorry to disappoint but a baby came out of me. But keep partying!

25th September
2010
written by Dame Suzy

I have the opportunity to watch Italian Serie A games, often in high resolution, but I find myself more often than not disappointed. Part of it is my ignorance of the players, so I don’t get personally involved, but I see bad play as well. Just today I saw Roma versus Inter Milan, and there are some moments and lots of shots on goal, but nothing of amazing quality minus the daring and successful header in the last seconds of stoppage time. I am familiar with Brazilian Júlio César and Marco Borriello, the man whose newest hairstyle he copied from Pepe le Pew, the famed cartoon skunk, but other than that, none of these boys sound familiar. It doesn’t help that Italy’s national team features players without reputations. I’ll give them another shot or two, but I don’t expect anything revolutionary. On the other hand, that Roma crowd is exceptional! You can imagine the roar of the crowd being similar to when gladiators ripped each other apart.

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