:: Monday, July 03, 2006 ::

All balls are not created equal


Taking off !, originally uploaded by Hugo*.

These are French fans in Paris celebrating their deserved win over Brazil.

So much for Argentina then. Ah well, while my heart was with the Argentines, my money was on Italy, so maybe it will all be ok in the end. I am still leading the work sweep by one slim point. If Italy beat Germany it will be looking good. Straightforward enough then?

Interesting world cup facts and tidbits.

Via Inversk Street via Slugger the theory that certain players were refusing to sing God Save Ver Qween because of their catholic republican beliefs. Yeah, I agree, probably bollocks.

The Argentina-Mexico game was the highest ever ratings on Spanish language TV in the US. English speaking fans were apparently turning over to get away from the annoying commentators on the english language channels. Some things are the same the world over.

Adidas are winning the real battle - the sponsors war, with their teams doing better. And not forgetting the world proletariat. In this case the Thai proletariat who are producing the balls. As China Daily reports "But there are some secrets contained in the factory here that most fans presumably do not know: All balls are not created equal. Even with high-technology equipment and top-grade materials, the balls turned out here vary in weight by as much as 30 grams, or 1 ounce, with the final product weighing anywhere from 420 to 450 grams.

"The top players can feel a difference of five grams," Kitano said. This raises the tantalizing prospect that one of the workers in this factory making about $10 a day could help decide the outcome of a World Cup game by adding a few more stitches here, some extra glue there - enough to alter the trajectory of the ball."


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2 Comments:

You know I was joking, right? ;-)

By Blogger Darren, at 2:32 pm  

Yeah I meant, I agree with you, probably bollocks.

By Blogger Alister, at 7:00 pm  

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