Friday, August 29, 2008
How Do You Spell Portuguese Soccer?
Just let me rant a bit today:
I have a fondness for the Portuguese top division, but man, this is Mickey Mouse management at its absolute worst. On an international level, Portugal produces impressive talent; no need to run down the list, but a quick glance at the rosters of the top clubs in the world tells you all you need to know. Domestically, however, is a different story. There's very little to be savored among what remains on the club level. There are many second-tier Brazilian imports; and the top clubs are rife with either corruption, financial peril or greed.
So you'd figure that the powers-that-be would do everything in their power to promote the brand, market the big clubs, the stars and the rivalries (e.g., derbies).
So why oh why is Benfica playing Porto in Week 2 (this weekend) and Sporting in Week 4? Why do we have two of the three marquee derbies out of the way by the middle of September? Oh wait, it gets better. Guess who plays in Week 5? C'mon, guess!
Yes, you guesssed it: Sporting and Porto!!
To borrow from Internet vernacular: WTF!!!
In a league desperate for attention, desperate to keep its two Champions League spots, desperate for positive news, why would it do away with the derbies by Oct. 1??
I'm confounded by the abject stupidity of this. Are these guys that married to the randomness of the schedule draw? Is it in the best interest of the fans and the championship to have these huge matches out of the way months before the title is to be decided? Wouldn't Sporting-Porto two or three weeks prior to the end of the season (or heaven forbid, in the final week) serve the greater good much better than in Week 18 some time in February?
How much work would it have been to, you know, before you release the schedule to the public and the clubs, you know, like read it first? And have a look at the matchups and say, "Well, it's kinda top heavy. Why not move week 5 down to week 14?" Who would it hurt?
What a joke! Anyone seen my Mickey Mouse ears? I know someone who would like to borrow them.