As I gear up for a big rant that's coming...just wait
I watched many World Cup games this weekend - almost all of every game, except for the 7:30am games. Sadly, they were largely boring, which isn't atypical for the first games in the first round. Things should get better. I think the officials have been spectacular. I mean - really amazing. I haven't seen one call, even in high definition slow motion, that I think was obviously wrong - although Autralia's Tim Cahill's straight red card may have been a little harsh. Even that, though was kinda the product of several hard challenges Cahill had earlier - although the proper thing to do would have been to caution him for those.
Kudos to announcer Efan Ekoku for using the tremendous phrase "shot by a sniper" to describe one player who took a dive. That needs to be used much much more. And wasn't it surprising to see the tough Germans, who are not known for their dramatically enhanced dives, get two yellow cards for "simulation" - that's "taking a dive" in English. Of course the two players on the German team who got the yellow cards were from Turkey and Brazil originally.
Some quick links:
1) Vegas Rex: When Newspapers Attack - a lot of interesting thoughts about what passes for "blogging" these days, and what it means to be a blogger and create actual content.
side note: I'm predicting right now that in the next few weeks, you will see a blog that tends to favor hype over substance ranting about the NYSE's weekly Program Trading stats. The numbers will be off the charts as a result of June expiration, and the annual Russell Reconstitution, which is the biggest program trading event of the year. Goldman will probably dominate the statistics, and a lot of the shares will show up as principal trading, since this is a trade where customers ask for capital commitment. I'm just saying - it's totally predictable, and not even unusual, now we'll see how it gets spun...