Monday, June 21, 2010

I Spy a Villain

On Friday, I watched a show with a really good villain. The heroes had fought a hard battle, coming back from behind to nearly defeat their foes. When suddenly, at the very end, when victory was in sight, the villain enters the scene, stripping the heroes of their glory.

I am, of course, speaking of the World Cup match between the USA and Slovenia, and referee Koman Coulibaly's decision to disallow a last minute game-winning goal from the US.

What were his motivations? What could he possibly gain by
making such a bad call? Or perhaps he wasn't man enough to admit his mistake?

The US had struggled through the first half, going down 2-0 in a game they were favored to win. But in the second half, they rallied, coming back to score two goals to tie it up. And then came the glory. A goal in the final minutes to give them the win. But a penalty was called. The ref declined to say who the foul was on or what they did, and to the shock of viewers around the world, the goal was disallowed.

On Wednesday the heroes journey continues as the US plays Algeria. A win will put them into the next round. A loss will eliminate them. Let's all cross our fingers that these heroes can overcome the evil forces of the referee.

Watch the disallowed goal here. (By the way, finding a clip of this was surprisingly hard.)


  1. Don't blame him, he's just a product of his environment:

  2. What's more...the ref didn't speak English or the Slovenian language.

  3. That's a great article, Graham. Thanks for keeping me so informed. Gussie, I'm pretty sure the ref didn't even speak "soccer" either :)

  4. Woot! Woot! WE WON! WE WON! WE WON!

    In case you're confused, I just watched the game against Algeria. AND WE WON! WE WON! WE WON!

  5. There was no confusion on my end. We watched the game too. There was some yelling, some jumping up and down, perhaps a few chest bumps.