28 June 2008

Real Football

I'll be glued to the screen tomorrow from 11am Central, watching a football double-header: DC United v. LA Galaxy, followed by Germany v. Spain. No sissy helmets; no tea-breaks every ten seconds; no waves of substitutes. And there should be plenty of goals, or at least chances on goal, as the only one of the four teams in question with much defensive prowess is Germany... and its captain (Michael Ballack) is injured and possibly will not play. Since the German defense necessarily begins with the strikers (the back four is astoundingly slow), that spells trouble. And conversely, the Galaxy has even more trouble spelling "defense" than does Kobe Bryant.