Checking out World Cup rumors

By CHRIS ZIEMER

(Editor’s note: Chris Ziemer, Sonoma Academy athletic director and head girls soccer coach, is blogging for The Press Democrat at the World Cup in South Africa).

June 18, 2010

Durban, South Africa –

Putting the TOP 10 World Cup rumors to rest…

I wanted to dispel a few rumors from South Africa, many of which I am starting with this post.

Robert Green…rumors about British Petroleum (BP) using his goalkeeper gloves to help with the gulf coast oil cleanup are untrue.  Still looking into whether they used the adidas Jabulani ball…

Speaking of the Jabulani ball…the translation of Jabulani means “to celebrate” not a few of the other translations floating around.  “Unable to be controlled”, “he who will not listen”, and “ball from hell” are all inaccurate

Platini feuding with Maradona…two of my all-time favorite players, can’t they just get along? Maybe Platini should spend less time worrying about Argentina and wondering why the average age of his country’s equipe is just two years younger than he is…

BP oil spill cutting into English retirement…no joking matter, but it’s fortunate it wasn’t FP (French Petroleum), especially with so many French players looking ready to retire…

Swiss goal being blamed on Spanish goalie Casilla’s girfriend…I was there in the stadium…she didn’t score it.  I did find it a bit strange that he kept looking at her, would move up 2-3 steps and she had a joystick in her hand.  She also had two braids and was wearing a really nice watch.  And, she was yodeling…hmmm

NBA championship reason Spain lost…Was the Spanish team preoccupied with fellow countrymen Pau Gasol’s quest for the NBA world championship?  I think a better question was did they even know he was in the NBA finals?  Seriously, is it over yet?  There has been no mention of who won here, although I haven’t exactly been looking.  I have nothing against basketball, but world championship…(not worthy of caps as it involves only two countries, Canada and the U.S. – why not North American championship?)…isn’t there like a five-country minimum before you can claim a world title?

Vuvuzela inventor in hiding…apparently, people are upset with him for changing the sounds of the World Cup.  Yeah, he’s probably hiding out in Hawaii or in the bank vault counting his money.

Cristiano Ronaldo announces facebook page on youtube…all while looking in the mirror (apparently it helps him focus).  Good timing Ronaldo, maybe next time announce your off the field distraction after you get a shot off on goal.  Still checking on whether he checked the number of hits it had at halftime…

Stadium security deemed too relaxed…I politely asked my way past seven security guards, none of which had guns or was over the age of 20, to get into the postgame press conference…I don’t see the problem…to their defense, I managed the same thing last spring at the Arsenal Emirates stadium in London after the Barca Champions League’s game…

Bottled water companies complaining about Budweiser beer being the official beer of the World Cup…something about cutting into their water sales as fans are having a hard time distinguishing between the two…I will keep looking into it…