Swearing and football October 10, 2005Posted by BiB in Uncategorized.
I’ve noticed there’s rather a lot of swearing in this blog, which I hope isn’t minded awfully, and that I won’t get ‘flagged’ (or sent off) for.
Now forgive me playing the het and trying to be one of the boys, but I have to mention two sporting events which thrilled me this weekend.
The first is Kimi. I actually couldn’t watch the race because I was busy with nonsense, but apparently the flying Finn drove like a total dream and put a bit of vavoom back in the sport. He’s rather stolen the real champion’s thunder this season, methinks, and I hope he’ll thrill us endlessly next season, if he hasn’t drunk himself permanently over the limit by then…
The second is the African qualifiers for the World Cup. Is everyone/anyone else as thrilled as I am at four countries gaining qualification for the first time? As I zapped idly on Saturday evening, Eurosport was showing (at the same time as a German channel was showing the incredibly dull England-Österreich) Cameroon v Egypt on a bobbly pitch in Yaoundé. Now I like Cameroon and remember Roger Milla wiggling at the flagpost with glee. But I also knew that if they didn’t win and Côte d’Ivoire (or Elfenbeinküste, as the country is called in German) did, then the latter would progress for the first time ever. In the fifth minute of injury time, with the score on aforementioned bobbly pitch at 1-1 and with relentless pressure from the home side – I think I’d make quite a good het – it all seemed to have paid off and Cameroon were awarded a penalty (and they’d probably all somehow heard that C d’I had won or was winning in Sudan). Unbearable tension. Up steps local hero, sends the keeper the wrong way and… whacks the ball off the post and covers himself in opprobrium. Poor bloke. But hurrah for C d’I. And more hurrahs for Angola, Togo and Ghana, all also there for the first time. Obviously I’ll be rooting for ‘our boys’ next year – I hope they’re based in Berlin – but I shall be following the fortunes of the ‘minnows’ too. Go Angola!