I’ve never surfed, but I’ve always wanted to. I’d be lousy at it: I was never good at sports that require great or flexible balance. And I’m actually one of those hammerheads that likes wiping out; it makes me laugh.
I’m not much of a soccer fan, although I did watch 5 World Cup matches … just to be part of the fuss.
But … I have to admit the sequence leading to the winning goal by Mario Götze was a real thing of beauty:
I like this version, although I’m not sure what language is being spoken (Turkish, maybe).
The replays starting at the 0:43 mark of the video show the steps it took:
The ball at midfield, and then a forward pass (I know … rare in soccer),
The ultimate goalscorer knows he’s offside now, so he works himself onside towards the center of the field,
An aggressive sprint deep into the corner against loose triple coverage,
A really good crossing pass that offered zero opportunity as it threaded loose double coverage,
Then Götze taking control with a chest rebound with both feet in the air, and
A strike on a ball still in mid-air.
Stop the video just after the goal (around the 0:52 mark). There’s 8 Argentinian defenders plus the goalie, all in decent positions, covering the quarter of the field shown. There’s only 3 Germans; the rest of the team is trailing the play because it usually never works out this well, so containing the action around the goal is important.
Very, very, memorable. I can’t get it out of my head.
… With an over abundance of players, the Winnipegs decided to field two teams in 1933. The best players played for the 'A' team which kept the Winnipegs name. They wore blue and white jerseys. …
In 1934, the Winnipegs wore new uniforms which were blue and gold. …
… In 1936, during a game against the University of North Dakota, Winnipeg Tribune sports writer Vince Leah remarked "these are the Blue Bombers of Western football." This phrase was referring to then heavyweight champion Joe Louis, known as the Brown Bomber. From that day forward the team has been known as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. …
I was unable to determine when they started calling Joe Louis “the brown bomber”. But, he started fighting professionally in 1934, and was on every boxing fans radar after he defeated Primo Carnera in June, 1935. So, the 1936 date for Winnipeg seems plausible.
Now, it is the official position of the franchise:
I have a love/hate relationship with New Orleans. I lived there for almost 9 years, and loved it, but we moved to get away from it.
I hope I’m interested enough in New Orleans to pay attention longer than others, experienced enough to know that you have to be that way, and yet still as neutral as can be reasonably hoped.
In short: I’m not surprised by this little tidbit of news about the blackout at the Super Bowl.
Entergy told New Orleans City Council members that the company still doesn’t know why the device triggered …
But the relay’s manufacturer, Chicago-based S&C Electric Co., says it believes it knows why the problem happened: The relay, it says, wasn’t operated at the proper setting.
System operators essentially put the relay’s trip setting too low, S&C vice president Michael Edmonds wrote to CNN in an e-mail. The electrical load exceeded the trip setting, so the relay triggered, he said.
“Based on the onsite testing, we have determined that if higher settings had been applied, the equipment would not have disconnected the power,” Edmonds wrote. …
Asked whether Entergy agrees with S&C’s characterization of the problem, Entergy spokesman Mike Burns responded:
“Tests conducted by S&C and Entergy on the two relays installed at the Superdome shows that one relay functioned as expected and the other relay did not.
Let me read between the lines for you.
The local(ish) company responsible, Entergy, told the local poo-bahs that it’s not responsible. It’s the fault of the bad guys from out of town. You know … like FEMA.
The manufacturers (wearing black hats because they’re from out of town) note that the relay failed because a human set it at too low a level.
Both the local utility and the out-of-state manufacturer agree that “one relay functioned as expected and the other relay did not”.
Let’s parse that one. This is like saying you couldn’t make it to work because you’re car didn’t start; the beauty of that excuse is that it doesn’t say that you tried to start your car. In the same sense, Entergy’s excuse is completely consistent with the manufacturer’s explanation: that a human made a setting on one device that was too low, and a different one on another device that was OK.
In short, New Orleans screwed up its Super Bowl because New Orleans is a place where things get screwed up.
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