The World Cup and World-Class Excuses

I’ll admit it. I enjoy watching the World Cup. So I have a decision to make this morning. Should I stay home hugging the easy chair and watch the U.S. play Slovenia? Or, on an absolutely perfect morning here in NE Ohio, should I venture into the real world for a long bike ride? Well, since I can’t run these days, I’ll opt for hitting the trail on the two-wheeler. Hey, it beats the elliptical trainer.

Still,  I’ll be rooting remotely for the U.S. team in a match that really is important if we want to advance beyond the first round. Saying that, if the U.S. team loses, there is no point in trying to come up with an excuse. Spain has a lock on that title.

Here’s the back-story.

Spain, one of the favorites in the tournament and one of the best teams in the world for the past few years, got its lunch eaten Wednesday by Switzerland. The reason? Well, the fingers are pointing at the goalie’s girlfriend.

Here’s from a story on The Huffington Post, “Sara Carbonero, Iker Casillas Girlfriend, Blamed for Spain World Cup Loss.”

Sara Carbonero, a beautiful sideline reporter and girlfriend of Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas, is being blamed by some fans for Spain’s shocking World Cup loss to Switzerland on Wednesday.

The Guardian reports that the gorgeous sportscaster is accused of distracting her boyfriend by being so close to the field before and during the crucial match. Casillas allowed the game’s only goal, and Spanish fans are worried that Carbonero could be to blame.

Woot. An excuse doesn’t get any better than that.

But it appears that Carbonero isn’t willing to play along and unlike most of her media counterparts actually had the balls to ask a tough question in an interview she conducted after the match. Again, here’s from the article as reported on The Huffington Post:

After the game, Carbonero interviewed her boyfriend and asked him about the team’s unexpectedly lousy performance. On live TV, she asked her lover, “How did you muck this up?”

Ouch. “How did you muck this up?”

And that’s essential the question members of Congress kept asking BP CEO Tony Hayward yesterday at another hearing about the oil disaster in the Gulf.

Too bad Hayward didn’t have either a good explanation — or a similar world-class excuse.


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