Goals Matter

Oh, good grief.  This is what you get when you have ignorant people talking about matters they know nothing about:

Should The U.S. Women’s World Cup Team Have Run Up The Score Against Thailand?
Not only did they run it up to an absurd outcome (13-0), say critics, but they danced their way through it, celebrating after most goals. At what point is an opponent sufficiently beaten and even humiliated that mercy can be shown?
The answer is: Never, bro. This is Trump’s America now. The cruelty is the point.

Oh FFS, this has sweet fuck all to do with Trump, or “Trump’s America”.  Here are the facts.

In professional football (okay, soccer) competitions, goal count matters — both for and against.  If two teams are tied in terms of wins, losses and point totals (usually, three for a win, one for a tie and zero for a loss), then the deciding factor is the goal difference between the total number of goals scored by  the team and the goals scored against  the team.  All other things being equal, the team with the higher differential will go through into the next round, or (in the case of league tables) be named the champion.  All teams know this, and there’s no “mercy” in professional soccer, no “running up the score” and certainly there’s no “cruelty” in scoring as many goals as you possibly can against your opponent.

And I’ll finish with this:  assume that the U.S. team’s group results showed that (say) Germany won their matches 4-0, 5-0, 4-0, 3-2 and 3-0 (5×3=15 points, goal difference:  17),  while the U.S. team won their matches 13-0, 2-1, 3-2, 2-1 and 2-1 (also 5×3=15 points, but goal difference:  18).  In this scenario, had the U.S. not run up the score against Thailand, then Germany would win the group and go on to the next round.

Under these circumstances, not running up the score and failing to progress would probably cause the U.S. team’s manager/coach to be fired, and rightly so.  As I said earlier:  goals count in professional soccer.

This weepy-waily shit about cruelty  and running up the score  comes from the modern pussified culture where participation trophies are awarded, scores aren’t kept and the won-lost record isn’t tallied.  In the real world, as with everything else, life is less forgiving.

As for the so-called reporter who wrote this silly article:  ignore everything else he ever writes, because if he screws up something as easy as this, he’ll probably screw up something important.

8 comments

  1. Seems like this is the ne plus ultra of the phrase, “Don’t hate the player, hate the game”.

  2. On the other part of the lawn, sjws are moaning that the girls are paid less, despite being able to score 13 goals.

    They’re about as consistent as cake batter made with aggregate fill.

  3. Does Trump even know about Metric Football?

    As for the post goal celebrations, how is that any different from the carefully choreographed “impromptu” post goal celebrations in ‘Murican Football? I think there is sexist discrimination at work here!

  4. I saw another article where they had a response from one of the team captains of the USA Womens team. She brought up that of course they’re going to celabrate every goal. For most if not all of this team this is the first time they’ve been in the World Cup and these are their first World Cup goals. And as for holding back and not running up the score she said something about not holding back and playing to the best fo their abilities for the entire game.

  5. “” Metric Football “” holy crap, I just almost fell out of my chair laughing so hard RandyGC, it all makes sense now, I never understood why soccer annoyed me but most everything metric annoys me, thank you.

    As for Trump, not very likely he cares much about girls who mostly like girls running around kicking balls.

  6. There is only one organization that has the responsibility of making sure the U.S. women’s team doesn’t run up the score…the Thailand women’s team. If you’re not up for the task meet them at midfield shake their hand and forfeit the game.

  7. I get the score counting, but back when I participated in such activities I had more than one coach insist we act like we’d been there before and expected to be again. And now I’ll go back to contemplating the dark night of Windies cricket…. And the less said of USACA, the better.

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