I’m pressed for time so just a bit of housekeeping this morning.
First, I’d like to thank the FBI for arresting half of FIFA. It’s about time!
I’ve been sitting back and watching this unfold with my jaw on the floor. We’ve known FIFA is corrupt for, like, the last 20 years! They are ostensibly a non-profit and yet they have the cash on hand of (as Arseblog says) Scrooge McDuck!
They made a movie. They made a movie about themselves. With Tim Roth as Sepp Blatter. It takes a special kind of hubris to make a movie about yourself. Emperor Nero would have been proud of that move. And get the tag line of the film “The saga of the World cup and the three wholly honest and deeply ethical men who created it.”
That is some weapons grade hubris my friends. Let that loose and you can tear down an empire. Which is basically what’s happening.
This is an organization that became so brazenly corrupt that they hired a vice-President who is a banker from the Cayman Islands. What are the Cayman Islands known for? Could it be…. financial crime? Are you surprised to learn that he is in charge of CONCACAF? And that he was one of the 9 arrested today?
Sadly, I don’t think anything will change unless FIFA get a president who will clean house and I mean clean house as in: ban the brazen bribery, institute transparency, stop acting like a criminal organization that is above the law, you know — stuff that no one wants to give up. Basically, they would have to destroy FIFA and rebuild it. And I honestly don’t see anyone strong enough to do that.
So these arrests, even if they lead to jail time, or even if they take down Teflon Blatter, won’t change the culture of FIFA.
Speaking of culture and hubris… ok that is a terrible transition. But remember last year when I did that survey of Arsenal fans’ transfer expectations? There were some pretty amazing results from that survey and we are going to be revisiting that this week: for example, 97% of fans believed that Szczesny was good enough for Arsenal. I wonder what percentage of them believe that now?
I’m going to write a post about the survey results tomorrow. Then later next week, after the FA Cup final, I’m going to redo the survey and send it out to the fans here and on twitter. So, I guess we will find out how much support Szczesny still enjoys.
One of the things that came out of the survey was a host of names that Arsenal fans wanted Arsenal to buy. I tracked their progress this season (statisitcally) and plan on writing about many of them and how their season went. One funny note, I plan on comparing Falcao and Welbeck. And of course, salary will be a consideration.
Here is the list of names:
Seamus Coleman (Everton)
It’s going to take me a while to get through those comparisons but hey, we’ve got all summer.
Right, that’s all I got today. I have to get to work. Later!