Unsolved Mysteries: World Cup Edition

CUE: Robert Stack, walking into frame, with a serious expression on his face. ROBERT STACK (eye brows slanted, sly smirk): Join me. Perhaps you may be able to help solve a mystery.

What mystery you ask?

Well, none other than the biggest mystery in sports right now: what was the penalty that cost the United States what would have been the deciding goal in the final few minutes of yesterday’s game against Slovenia?

And in case you didn’t watch the game, this image really is about all you need to see:

us-slovenia-penaltyImage Source: Imgur via @TicketRadio

[Note: The time in the upper left hand corner says 90:05, but this is a replay of the infamous bad call that occurred a few minutes earlier. That was confirmed for me here.]

Just looking at this image, what team would you assume is committing a penalty?

By my count Slovenia (in white) is holding five of the six American players in the frame. And poor Michael Bradley, down in the corner, actually appears to be on the verge of getting some what-what-in-the-butt from his Slovenian defender.

If you looked directly under where it says “90:05” you can see a Slovenian defender reaching his left hand to impede the progress of Maurice Edu. As anyone who watched knows, he was unsuccessful in this endeavor:

Edu scored a thrilling goal that should have won the match…

…were it not for this guy:

usa-slovenia-refImage credit: Digg

Somehow…inexplicably…Koman Coulibaly called some sort of violation on the U.S. And what makes it even worse is that no one has any idea what it was because Coulibaly would not explain himself on the pitch and FIFA won’t let him now.

So…U.S. and Slovenia tied 2-2, in what certainly was the most thrilling game of the 2010 World Cup thus far.

Fortunately for the U.S., the tie – plus England’s tie with Algeria – leaves the U.S. in control of its own destiny: if we can beat Algeria, we’ll move onto the knockout round. It’s that simple. If we tie, then the waters get murky.



About Jerod Morris

I love words. I write for Copyblogger and founded MSF, The Assembly Call, & Primility. I practice yoga, eat well, & strive for balance. I love life. Namaste. Say hi on Twitter, Facebook, & G+.

Comments

  1. This was disgusting to watch, so how did FIFA handle things?
    This guy is a one-and-done, meaning no more World Cup matches for him.

    But still, this stupid thing won't change the fact that USA had a draw, instead of (what they should've had) a W.

  2. Be honest Jerod, half the reason for this post was so you could link to the what what in the butt video

    • Actually talking about the match, I am a big believer that a team should never have to rely on a call from the referees to win/lose a game. Blaming the refs instead of taking responsibility is pathetic. The US did themselves no favors giving up two relatively easy goals in the first half. That game should have never come down to a blown call.

      The US need to come out and control a game from the start and not wait for some someone to play hero or, in this case, villain.

      • Good, overlooked point.

        Still, all that said, it's somewhat difficult to do in soccer where goals are so hard to come by. If a ref makes an inexplicable call on one of the few times you score a goal, it's a powerless feeling. I agree that the US needs to come out and play better, but they did everything they needed to do in the second half to win. And sadly, it didn't even appear to be borderline. It didn't look like there was anything close to a violation. In this case, I can see why they were so frustrated…but all of the outrage should have been balanced a little bit more with your perspective.

    • Guilty as charged. Saw it on Tosh.0 last week and had to get it in somewhere. I was going to post about the Cubs finally finding their new fight song, but decided not to alienate North Side readers more than I already have.

  3. Hello! This is kind of off topic but I need some guidance from an established blog.
    Is it very hard to set up your own blog?
    I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out
    pretty quick. I’m thinking about setting up my own but I’m not sure where
    to begin. Do you have any ideas or suggestions?
    Thanks

  4. We stumbled over here from a different web address and thought I might
    check things out. I like what I see so i am just following you.

    Look forward to finding out about your web page again.

  5. I intended to send you this tiny observation in order to say thank you over
    again just for the pleasant concepts you’ve provided here. This is really strangely
    generous with you to provide extensively exactly what many of us
    might have marketed as an ebook to help with making some money for themselves, principally
    seeing that you might have tried it in case
    you decided. The tips additionally served as the easy way
    to fully grasp someone else have the identical dreams similar to mine to grasp a little more in respect of
    this matter. I’m certain there are thousands of more fun instances ahead for individuals that read through your site.

  6. Sweet blog! I found it while surfing around on Yahoo News.
    Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo News?
    I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there!
    Many thanks

  7. Hi, for all time i used to check webpage posts here in the early hours in the
    dawn, for the reason that i love to gain knowledge of more and more.

  8. Thank you, I’ve just been looking for info approximately this
    topic for a long time and yours is the greatest I’ve came upon till now.

    But, what about the bottom line? Are you sure in regards to the supply?

  9. naturally like your web site however you have to check the spelling
    on several of your posts. A number of them are rife with spelling problems
    and I to find it very troublesome to inform the reality
    on the other hand I will surely come back again.

  10. Hey there! I could have sworn I’ve been to
    this website before but after reading through some of the post I realized
    it’s new to me. Nonetheless, I’m definitely glad I found it and I’ll be
    book-marking and checking back frequently!

  11. It’s genuinely very complicated in this active life to listen news
    on Television, therefore I only use internet for that reason, and take the most up-to-date
    news.

  12. Thanks for the good writeup. It actually was once a leisure account it.
    Glance complicated to far delivered agreeable from you! By the way, how could we communicate?

  13. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter
    to be actually something which I think I would never understand.

    It seems too complex and extremely broad for me.
    I’m looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

  14. Thanks for ones marvelous posting! I quite enjoyed reading it,
    you can be a great author. I will be sure to bookmark your blog and will often come back
    from now on. I want to encourage one to continue your great writing,
    have a nice weekend!

  15. Thanks a bunch for sharing this with all folks you really realize what you’re speaking approximately!

    Bookmarked. Kindly additionally seek advice from my web site =).
    We could have a link alternate arrangement among us

  16. Aw, this was a very nice post. Taking the time and actual effort
    to make a very good article… but what can I say… I put things
    off a whole lot and never seem to get nearly anything done.

  17. That is a good tip especially to those fresh to the blogosphere.
    Brief but very precise information… Thank you for sharing
    this one. A must read post!

  18. Hi there, i read your blog from time to time and i own a similar one and i was
    just wondering if you get a lot of spam feedback? If so how
    do you reduce it, any plugin or anything you can advise?

    I get so much lately it’s driving me crazy so any help is
    very much appreciated.

  19. Does your blog have a contact page? I’m having problems locating it
    but, I’d like to shoot you an email. I’ve got some suggestions for your blog you might be interested in hearing.
    Either way, great website and I look forward to seeing it develop over
    time.

Trackbacks

  1. […] Speaking of the US/Slovenia match on Friday, here’s something of a break down of the ill fated call which cost the US a goal and then win. […]

Speak Your Mind