Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Monday morning cultural quarterbacks

PARIS (Reuters) – the organization S.O.S Racisme required of the international Federation of football (FIFA) an investigation into the circumstances which surrounded expulsion of the leader of French play Zinedine Zidane for a blow of head, at the time of the finale of World of football against Italy.

“According to several well informed sources, it would seem that the Italian player Marco Materazzi called Zinedine Zidane a “dirty terrorist””, the organization wrote in an official statement. “If this assumption is confirmed, the Italian player would thus be guilty of a racist matter”, it added. “Whereas the whole of World Cup was dedicated to the fight against racism (...), we ask that FIFA show itself to be the greatest example of that declaration.”
To begin with, terrorists are not a “race”.

As bad as trash talk is, it’s sure isn’t the worst thing that’s been said on a field.

One kind of trash talk isn’t any worse than any other kind of trash talk. If someone thinks it ‘racial,’ that doesn’t mean the headbutt was any less worthy of a red card. If someone has had a racial comment made to them, it’s not like it suddenly makes you a foot shorter and completely helpless.

No-one has the slightest clue what they said to each other. Judging by the time of their exchange, there is no way in hell Materazzi had the time to read out a whole press release by SOS Racisme.

That greaseball that grabbed Zidane had it coming.

The fuse is lit!