October 24th, 2004 • 5:34 am
The end of the unbeaten run is obviously a crushing disappointment. The fact that it happened at Old Trafford, and just one game short of the symbolic 50 mark doesn’t help.
But what is really disappointing is that, once again, what was supposed to be a “massive” game had so little to do with actual football and so much to do with negative playing and dubious refereeing decisions. The final score line doesn’t mean anything. The turning point was the penalty awarded to Manchester United. Yes, Sol Campbell didn’t have to stick his leg out, but once again a United player “made the most of it”, as they say, in a manner that was both theatrical and rather disgraceful. (You might have noticed that, earlier on, when Thierry Henry fell a bit easily in the box, he got up right away and went on with the game.) Of course, since Rooney is English and finished the game off with a meaningless tap-in, he’s going to be branded as a new hero, when in fact once again the entire game was decided by theatrics and dubious refereeing, i.e. things that have absolutely nothing to do with the intrinsic value of the teams or this particular player.
I also wonder if it’s possible to be uglier and more obscene in one’s celebrations than RvN was after scoring his penalty. What’s the great merit in scoring a penalty? What else did RvN do in the game that warranted such celebrations — apart from that typically ugly kick on Ashley Cole’s leg that went unpunished, as usual? What a despicable, ugly, inelegant, rude, and crude player RvN is. He doesn’t create anything. He specializes in pushing his way around, preferrably in the box, when the referee can’t see him. And then he celebrates obscenely after he’s been gifted a penalty kick by the referee, as if he had any merit. What a jerk.
Oh well, at least the pressure is now off. No more record to break. Let’s get back to the usual business of scoring goals and playing nice, elegant football against teams that actually value quality sportsmanship above ugly demonstrations of dubious pride in alleged footballing prowess.
$14.99 for this? Geez. What a rip off. That is definitely the only Pay-Per-View game I am watching this year.