Sigh. There really is nothing that can’t be blamed on women, is there?
Wacky World Cup note: The soccer might be over, but not the strange goings-on. Monday brought reports that England’s Football Association might ban wives and girlfriends from attending future international tournaments. It seems that some are blaming England’s disappointing World Cup performance on the distractions caused by Posh Spice and other extremely thin yet well-endowed women. The group of wives and girlfriends was dubbed the Wags by, well, wags in the press. Among other feats in Germany, the Wags dropped about $105,000 in an hour’s worth of communal shopping and danced on tabletops after running up bar tabs of more than $700. Many of the Wags stayed together at the same hotel, which created what the linked story felicitously calls a “paparazzi honeypot.” For what it’s worth, the FA is denying the story.
Honestly, it sounds like the Bush twins were visiting Germany.
I realize that sports fans often look for any reason whatsoever that they can pin their team’s loss on, but, look. It’s not like these guys didn’t know what their wives and girlfriends were up to. And is the whole Posh and Becks thing really news to anyone at this point?
The best part is that the Guardian article doesn’t have any more concrete information than the SI snippet. It’s all based on rumor and innuendo, and as the guy from the FA pointed out, it’s a bit early to talk of banning anyone from tournament play when England hasn’t even qualified for the next tournament.
So an otherwise respectable newspaper runs a bunch of tabloid-worthy gossip that sounds like a bad plot idea for Footballers Wive$. Why? Because it’s so much easier to blame women than it is to accept that England just didn’t play as well as the team that beat them.