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Monday, December 6, 2010

Lowering the Bar

The Gulf Cup, a two-week soccer tournament just concluded in Yemen. The event is being hailed as a smashing success, primarily because no one was killed.

Seriously, according to the New York Times, people were so concerned about the seeming inevitability of disruptive terrorist strikes that they were literally preparing their wills before traveling to the tournament. Which raises the obvious question: If you need to prepare your will before heading to a soccer tournament, wouldn't you rather just stay home and watch the thing on TV?

We've all heard the pilot's maxim that any landing you can walk away from is a good one. We get that, but we still don't imagine that pilots brag about not crashing the plane.


  1. It wasn't a pilot who said that. It was Stephen Hawking.

  2. Soccer = violence. That's just the way it is. Not like that namby-pamby football stuff that no one can understand anyway.

  3. JWR: Of course, you have a point: Soccer hooliganism is only one of many sports-related conditions begging form inclusion in the DSM-V. We want to point out, though, that the specific violence avoided in Yemen, was TERRORIST violence; we have faith that there was an appropriate amount of eye-gouging, random fistfights, and trampling.