Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Getting sport into perspective

I remember sniggering at the ridiculous reaction of English people to Diego Maradona's hand of God incident in their match against Argentina in 1986. I worry that Irish people are in danger of behaving equally foolishly by over-reacting to the hand of Henry incident, but when I saw this song on YouTube my faith in the Irish sense of humor was restored.

For the record, I agree that the French goal should have been disallowed. I also agree that it would be a good idea for the soccer authorities to implement a procedure for referees to check video evidence similar to what is done in many other sports. However, the fact is that referees are human and frequently make several mistakes in each game (some minor some major). The current procedure in soccer is that the referee's decision is final and there is no way to get it overturned later. So we need to just get on with our lives and accept that we won't be at the world cup finals in South Africa next year.

Just in case you are not already familiar with the Corrigan Brothers, they are best known for their song "There is no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama"

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