Thursday, September 19, 2013

Bait and Switch.. Money Rules in Sport

In 2010, following lots of palms greased in FIFA, the international governing body, Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup. Everyone NOT in FIFA, complained that holding it in Qatar in usual summer break would be a disaster. 
Everyone suspected that it would be switched to winter.. requiring a special schedule change that year. This never happened before even when the Cup was being played in southern hemisphere as it will be in Brazil 2014.
Well... guess what!

BBC: Uefa members back winter tournament in Qatar

Better Blatter 'Comes Clean'   Admits 'Politics played a part'.

Yeah... 'politics' meaning money!

It's inevitable. Politics has always played into these decisions. 
But the real travesty is that this was denied for years and Blatter lied through his nose even as several confederations including ours (CONCACAF) dumped officials for bribe taking.
"We looked like we were corrupt.  But we won't do it again.. Promise!!!!"

Yeah.... right!

Monday, September 02, 2013

Yet more inconvenient truths trap Arctic Yachters

Some people with more money than sense tried to make a global warming statement by sailing the NW passage in August... with results that cause me, and many others who actually pay attention to the facts, to chuckle.
Sailworld: North West Passage blocked with ice - yachts caught

Seems they been iced in.  They might have made it in the early twentieth century or even in the Fifties.. but they couldn't even have done it last year with the lowest sea ice in modern era.. and there's much lower temps and more ice in 2013.
If these folks had just looked at the live record, they might have thought better