Crime, loud horns and boredom. Blah. Plus, I saw some reference to a goal scored eighty minutes in – how long do these games last before they end in a tie?
Traffic jams that tie up fans for hours, the incessant backdrop drone of the vuvuzelas, the abomination of a ball that has a mind of its own, frigid winter weather, ticketing fiascos and an alarming decrease in the number of goals — 1.56 per game one-quarter of the way through the tournament — all add up to a less than a celebratory start for 2010.
Even the players realize it.
“To be honest, all the games I’ve watched haven’t been exciting,” said England striker Wayne Rooney.