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Monday, April 30, 2007

Criticism of Iraq World Cup Format Mounts

Media monitors have reported that television viewers are increasingly switching off the ‘World Cup of Iraq’, disappointed with the ‘seemingly endless’ nature of the format of the competition.

This has been echoed by a number of prominent critics who are asserting that the governing body responsible for the Iraq contest should simply ‘get on with it’ and ‘establish a clear winner’.

‘In my view, the format needs to be reconsidered,’ said Les Murray, Head of Sport for SBS, ‘initially in the opening rounds of the competition, viewers thrilled to the shock and awe of well-played if one-sided contests. But then the round robin stage kept going and going. Was it necessary for all these sides to play each other again and again? I mean, my God, even the deadly dull Cricket World Cup was able to find a winner after just 14 months featuring 12,086 games!’

‘Fan expectations are simply being frustrated all over the shop,’ said Peter FitzSimmons, a sport commentator for the Sydney Morning Herald. ‘They’ve been promised a quick and exciting comp many times only to be let down. Many of these have come from the widely fancied US team – first you had Rumsfeld the US Captain suggesting that their team would be back victorious in short order when he said of the World Cup: “It could last six days, six weeks. I doubt six months.” And then you had their Manager Bush in front of a “Mission Accomplished” banner when just one team – the overrated Ba’ath squad managed by Hussein– had actually been eliminated.’

With mounting injuries on all sides, there is increasing support for a change in format to a sudden death knock-out phase.

‘Let’s get a move on,’ said Channel Seven’s Bruce McAvaney, ‘I for one look forward to the day when there’s just one team left standing. And frankly I just can’t see Australia taking gold this time around.’

16 comments:

nick cetacean said...

hello? hello? is this thing on?

sheez

Jo said...

Needy doesn't really suit you, Cetacean.
Nonetheless:

Brilliant post! Topical! Insightful! Executed with the ease and grace of an acrobat!

nick cetacean said...

Needy doesn't suit me?

Christ, have you been reading this blog?

Jo said...

Answer him, Christ.
And none of that brimstone rubbish.

TimT said...

Executed with the ease and grace of an acrobat!

An epileptic acrobat, perhaps.

The Man at the Pub said...

I'm dreading the penalty shoot-out and the victory celabrations.

redcap said...

I'm rather looking forward the ritual culling of the losing coaches.

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