27 junho, 2006
Ó Shô Fernando Correia...
No aqui em S. João Baptista muy lido Weekly Standard (www.weeklystandard.com) podem-se ler as seguintes pérolas:
"Soccer is the perfect game for the post-modern world. It's the quintessential expression of the nihilism that prevails in many cultures";
"soccer could be played without using a ball at all, and few would notice the difference. The game consists of 22 men running up and down a grassy field for 90 minutes with little happening as fans scream wildly.";
"Mostly soccer is just guys in shorts running around aimlessly, a metaphor for the meaninglessness of life.";
"Watching men in shorts scampering around has its limitations. It's like gazing too long at a painting by de Kooning or Jackson Pollock. The more you look, the less there is to see.";
"DESPITE HEROIC EFFORTS of soccer moms, suburban liberals, and World Cup hype, soccer will never catch on as a big time sport in America. No game in which actually scoring goals is of such little importance could possibly occupy the attention of average Americans. Our country has yet to succumb to the nihilism, existentialism, and anomie that have overtaken Europe. A game about nothing, in which scoring is purely incidental, holds scant interest for Americans who still believe the world makes sense, that life has a larger meaning and structure, that being is not an end in itself, being qua being.";
"Another reason why soccer will never enthrall Americans is that the game is contrary to nature.";
"But soccer players use their heads, deliberately, to contact the ball. This is contrary to all human instinct, which is to keep the head out of the way of danger.";
"any game which prohibits the use of the hands is contrary to nature.";
"Soccer denies its players this most basic human ability. Players cannot catch or throw the ball. But they can hit it with their heads. If one were to set out to invent a game fundamentally at odds with human nature, soccer would be it."
Por outro lado, o nosso E.Pi.Centro, no Público de hoje, diatriba o seguinte arremoque:
"O futebol substitui no imaginário contemporâneo o tema da guerra, e as guerras que hoje persistem são as dos desafios de futebol."
Mas será que já ninguém consegue ver um jogo de bola sem se pôr a opinar sobre isto e sobre aquilo?
Fónix, que assim isto é o mesmo que ir ao cinema com o Jorge Leitão Ramos...