May 16, 2004

It's South Africa!: Forget your hockey world cups. South Africa have won the right to stage the real thing.

posted by salmacis to soccer at 04:07 AM - 31 comments

South Africa are generally acknowleged to have staged the best rugby union world cup. The football world cup is another level though. Can South Africa cope with all the tourists? Will Blatter regret insisting that the cup had to go to Africa, or will he be vindicated?

posted by salmacis at 04:09 AM on May 16

We'll find out... in six years!

posted by billsaysthis at 01:55 PM on May 16

I'll definitely be watching the 2010 World Cup at home.

posted by StarFucker at 03:01 PM on May 16

This better not mean ludicrous kick-off times like the World Cup in Japan.

posted by squealy at 03:17 PM on May 16

World Cup Japan was actually great- I could actually watch the games and still remain employed.

posted by tieguy at 03:57 PM on May 16

By 2010 every cable subscriber will have some kind of DVR (TiVo) and so regardless of start times we can watch it all. This will almost certainly be true for 2006 WC as well.

posted by billsaysthis at 04:51 PM on May 16

In the US, UK and similar countries, that is. Zimbabwe, Burma, that might be a different story.

posted by billsaysthis at 04:52 PM on May 16

billsaysthis: Never underestimate the incompetence of ntl. I'm hoping they will have sorted out interactive sometime this year.

posted by salmacis at 02:42 AM on May 17

I wouldn't hold your breath if I were you sal. *Fellow NTL sufferer*

posted by squealy at 06:30 AM on May 17

It's Lemieux! Forget about your soccer world cups. Mario is going to play for Canada. Nope. Still sounds arrogant.

posted by wfrazerjr at 12:00 PM on May 17

Then say Stevie Y. will play for Canada. You can't not root for the guy...

posted by MeatSaber at 12:28 PM on May 17

They're the perfect place, as long as the infrastructure holds. And damn, but I would love to go and see some of this tournament. Is it too early to start hanging around the airport with an I Need A Miracle sign? You think?

posted by chicobangs at 12:32 PM on May 17

(And in re: Hockey, what happened to the talk over the last few years about Canada no longer producing solid skilled players? There's not enough room on the roster for Vinny Lecavalier, fergodsake. I'm not taking Yzerman's or even Mario's spots away -- they've done too much good for too long -- but that's a pretty deep roster, even for a Canadian national team.)

posted by chicobangs at 12:36 PM on May 17

I was referring to the wording of the title of this thread, not Mario.

posted by wfrazerjr at 03:08 PM on May 17

squealy, I thought Sky (Fox/News/Murdochville) already offered some sort of set top box with DVR built in in the UK, sorry.

posted by billsaysthis at 05:06 PM on May 17

billsaysthis: He does. That's satellite, not cable.

posted by salmacis at 06:15 PM on May 17

Hmm, I must wander into more ice hockey threads and start talking about football. As if ice hockey was actually a sport in it's own right rather than boxing on ice.

posted by squealy at 06:38 PM on May 17

Squealy, you troll.

posted by chicobangs at 06:59 PM on May 17

I didn't come in to derail the thread. I came in here to express my displeasure with the shot at hockey in the title. I don't post threads entitled, "Soccer blows. Come in here and discuss hockey." If you think that's kosher, good for you.

posted by wfrazerjr at 09:17 PM on May 17

And I've been holding back responding to chico's post about who should and should not be on the Canadian team...we're really not trying to hijack your thread, honest... =D

posted by MeatSaber at 10:07 PM on May 17

Sal, if you get to see the matches, what's the difference?

posted by billsaysthis at 10:54 PM on May 17

I suggest, hockey fans, that we move here.

posted by wfrazerjr at 11:06 PM on May 17

What's hockey?

posted by worldcup2002 at 11:22 PM on May 17

chicobangs got me bang to rights. *shuffles back under bridge*

posted by squealy at 05:46 AM on May 18

What do you mean, what's the difference? One way you pick up the signal via satellite and the other way it comes through a cable. Oh yeah, and ice hockey people: for 95% of the world's population, "world cup" means only one tournament.

posted by salmacis at 11:58 AM on May 18

ok, easy on the ice hockey....remember, it can still kick your ass...and its very similar to soccer. second, the world cup is for soccer. but frankly, who gives a shit if the phrase 'world cup' is used for sports beyond soccer. Call it the Masters, it'll still kick your ass.

posted by garfield at 12:13 PM on May 18

Fight! Fight!

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:38 PM on May 18

just insisting on mutual respect.

posted by garfield at 01:35 PM on May 18

Respect! Respect!

posted by worldcup2002 at 04:44 PM on May 18

Call it the Canada Cup... ;-)

posted by salmacis at 06:42 PM on May 18

What do you mean, what's the difference? One way you pick up the signal via satellite and the other way it comes through a cable. Oh, how I love that dry British wit!

posted by billsaysthis at 08:25 PM on May 18

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