Dave "THE ARROW" Spencer checks in with his bi-annual blog! He also is taking some trash shots at the H-man.

Hondo S. Carpenter

CAN'T KICK THE HABIT

Do not pass go, do not collect 200 dollars and whatever you do, do not shake

the hand of the opposing coach after they knock you out in the once in four

year World Cup Soccer Tournament. After all it's the American way right?

Loose the big game the one that matters most and make excuses, blame the

refs, do whatever it takes not to except responsibility. If you don't know

what I'm talking about here's a little re-cap...

The U.S. men's soccer team needed a win against Ghana, that's another

Country, to advance to the second round of the World Cup. After tying the

game at one a piece the U.S. was doing all it could to take that score into

the half but according to the coach of U.S. team the refs had other plans...

In the tournament the clock doesn't stop for injuries, the time is just

tacked on the end of the half, so it's hard to gauge just how much time is

really left in a half. Anyway, during this "injury time" a penalty was

called against the Americans resulting in a penalty shot. Long story short

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL and because of that event the U.S. will be

watching the rest of the tournament while eating hot dogs and apple pie from

home sweet home.

Then, after the game, the coach of the U.S. team neglected to shake the

opposing team's head coach and instead left the field in a tirade and

proceeded to make the aforementioned excuses to the media. Mind you, the

opposing team declared the day a national holiday in Ghana and people only

had to work a half day so they could watch the match, that just illustrates

what this game means to the rest of the world and illustrates the lack of

class this country's representative (the coach) doesn't have. t

Back to the bigger picture four more years, all the hype and once again out

in the first round. This sport is huge everywhere else and still we

Americans are lagging behind and it doesn't have to be this way, Team USA

didn't loose because of a penalty kick they lost because they couldn't put

enough shots on goal. Granted there have been way to many yellow cards and

penalties in general but make the adjustments, they had a defensive strategy

that didn't work make a change and by the way defense might win

championships, but offense gets you past the first round.

Good riddance to bad rubbish. Now the real sport can be played, teams that

deserve to be there are, teams that leave everything on the line can battle

it out for the rest of the Tournament, we've reached the one and done stage

and things are getting heated. So if you are a fan of finesse play,

precision passing, strategic maneuverings and the ultimate athletes or

basically everything Hondo isn't then by all means tune in. I know I will,

I finally have cable.

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