The Refs Should Just Tell us the Winner

The word of the month for this edition is vuvuzela. You know what it is, the annoying high-pitched buzz during the World Cup matches. Sounds of the vuvuzela have filled homes and restaurants across the world this summer.
It’s really not a bad sport, this foreign football; it’s pretty much a combination of my two favorite sports: hockey and football, so what’s not to love? Plus, there’s no interrupting the action with commercials. Only for halftime.
What I do have a problem with are teams playing for ties getting no shots on goal the entire match.
This lack of aggression just seems un-American. Sports mean going all out, right? Not passing a ball around, keeping it from the other team for 90 minutes.
So here’s the Captain’s World Cup rule: 0 points for a tie that ends in 0-0 in group play. If there are goals scored and it’s a 2-2 draw, OK, give each team 1 point, but awarding points for a draw where potentially no goals are even scored, come on.
Really, why don’t the refs just get together and tell us who they want to win, and announce one team victorious, and save everyone a lot of time and emotional investment, soccer being consistently the most poorly officiated sport I’ve ever seen.
The controversy over officiating has perhaps gotten more people in the U.S. involved in international soccer than anything in the past. Americans like to have something to complain about, and soccer referees give them that.
It’s nice to have sports to watch at 7:30 a.m. You even have a choice some mornings between World Cup and Wimbledon.
Well, get outside and get some sun and jump in some water. Jr. feels a little more comfortable in his personal wading pool than at his Infant Swim Resource classes.
And to the reader who says there’s no food culture in Murfreesboro: have you been to KFC lately? Go ahead, try the Double Down sandwich.
When eating a sandwich I’ve often said to myself, “I wish these pieces of bread were really slabs of fried chicken.”

Bracken Mayo, Editor in Chief


About the Author

Bracken, a 2003 graduate of MTSU’s journalism program, is the founder and publisher of The Murfreesboro Pulse. He lives in Murfreesboro with his wife, graphic artist and business partner, Sarah, and son, Bracken Jr. Bracken enjoys playing the piano, sushi, Tool, football, chess, jogging, spending time in his backyard with his chickens, hippie music, climbing at The Ascent, bowling, swimming, soup, tennis, sunshine, revolution, defiance and anarchy. He can cook a mean grilled cheese, and can fry just about anything.

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  • Nell lile

    Hello Bracken,

    Have a great day.
    My Love to all and a big
    hug to Bracken, Jr.

    Mama Nell

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