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Thursday, June 22, 2006

EXTRA: TDH in mourning

The pain is almost too great to bear. Just when we were showing signs of life, just when we'd gotten the momentum back, just when it seemed like everything was coming our way (as Carlos Santana would say), there was Markus Merk, hereafter to be known as Markus "F*cking" Merk, running with arm outstretched towards the penalty spot.

If a single reader of TDH would like to explain how Onyewu's header justified a penalty, by all means, please do. For now, however, TDH will be contented with vile revenge fantasies of the kind evinced by this lovely little portrait, doubtlessly created by one of MFM's previous victims.

And as if that weren't enough, Owen may be out for the rest of the year. TDH can only look longingly at those photos of Owen and Shearer reeling away after Owen's first goal in the black and white. All in all, a very black day for TDH.


Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

as we say over here, pepani, abambo. Zimachitika. Roughly, sorry, big man. Shit happens.

I just saw the replays, it didn't look like a penalty at all, but can't say I'm too upset. I saw the BBC showing celebrations in Accra - fantastic!

I got something like forty text messages in the seconds after the game ended. Everyone is just so pleased that one of the African teams got through.

Italy looked awful, though. The game ended 1 all. Inter scored first, then Pippo equalised for Milan.

6:17 PM  
Anonymous Palms said...

Disgraceful refereeing. just the pits. Merk has been shocking this World Cup in every game I've sen him officiate. If it had been one-all at half time, the US surely would have gone on to win. And the blatant play-acting from the Ghanaians in the second half would have put the dispicable Portuguese to shame. A great injustice. Hopefully the Brazilians will piss on the 'plucky' Africans.

The refereeing in this tournament has been generally appalling. These are the best refs in the world? Bollocks.

6:19 PM  
Blogger The American Geordie said...

I agree that the Ghanaians used every trick in the book to kill time and get fouls called, but I wouldn't have expected anything different from Argentina, Spain, S&M, or many other teams. And to be fair, I can't assign all the blame to them and to Merk. We had no tactical originality - way too much Route 1 football. Putting on Olsen for Reyna seemed strange, since he's not really a midfield general. Donovan was playing crummy and should have been subbed early. Johnson came on with fresh legs and didn't even run. Ugh.

10:02 PM  

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