FA Cup- Fulham 0, Tottenham 0- Wait, They Do That in Pictionary.

Posted on March 9, 2010


This is the FA Cup.  It’s not Pictionary, unless it’s some kind of new, animated Pictionary, featuring hyper-realistic drawings of people playing sports, and I think I would have heard about that one from Glenn Beck already.  But it’s the FA Cup quarterfinal- and Fulham and Tottenham were busy basically having a tickle fight of a 0-0 game.

The tie in a tournament is one thing that, as an American and a soccer fan (but let’s face it, an American first) I’ve had to get used to.  So, it’s a tournament….and the score was the same…. so everybody went home and decided to do it again some other time?  It’s polite, for sure, but it’s totally contrary to the American ethic.  Example: in American football, to get a tie the teams first have to go through ‘sudden death’ overtime, which ends only when each team has proven itself categorically incapable of scoring.  They’re extremely rare.  You have a better chance of being struck by a meteorite while petting Bigfoot.  And basketball will NEVER end in a tie- they will go to six overtimes in order to avoid one.  The last tie in basketball happened during the Lincoln administration; and at that time it wasn’t even basketball, it was foosball, and it was only a tie because Lincoln had to go address Gettysburg.

So I was a little surprised when the game was ended at nil-nil, and everybody left without rioting or demanding their money back.  Actually the idea sounds like something the owners came up with in the first place. (“You mean, we’ll make them pay to watch the exact same game happen a second game?  And they’ll do it?”  “Quite right, Higgins.)

I’d be quite happy with 0-0 at Juventus tomorrow, though.  Does that make me a hypocrite?

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