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Hornswaggle is an alternate spelling of hornswoggle, an archaic word that means to bamboozle or hoodwink. I take my pronunciation from the late Harvey Korman in "Blazing Saddles" --

"I want rustlers, cutthroats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, conmen, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswagglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass kickers, shit kickers and Methodists!"

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Sunday, July 09, 2006

I am compelled to blog

Compelled, I say, by the bogus penalty kick awarded to France in the World Cup final that nearly ruined the game until Italy tied it up 20 minutes into the first half.

This is why the World Cup is so frustrating. The whole thing started when French forward Henry faked his big concussion 5 minutes into the game. He goes down like a ton of bricks after running into an Italian defender. No foul called, no observable contact to the head when Henry runs into the defender's shoulder, but Henry goes down like he's been drilled by Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Then it's the whole dog and pony show. Smelling salts, an ice pack to the back of the head. The announcers soberly assess the mood of French fans and what'll happen if Henry can't go on. Henry walks to the sideline, stays there for a moment and then jogs right back onto the field. A minute later a yellow card is given to an Italian player on a hard foul that was borderline as far as a yellow goes. Two minutes or so later a French player dives in the box and France is awarded a direct kick.

France's player should have been given a yellow card for diving, but instead Zidane (albeit masterfully and daringly) chips in a free kick for a 1-0 lead not even 10 minutes into the game. For the good of the game and in a moment of karmic justice, the Italians tied the game on a header off a corner kick.

These announcers suck. The color guy just said the refs have called the game "very, very well" in the semifinals and finals, "letting the players decide the outcome." Yeah.

.: posted by hornswaggler 11:24 AM

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