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Conspiracies Aren't Just for Late Nights

I watched the Australia and Ghana game with Cas, who is not, by any stretch, a football fan. Still, he had a scarf, probably purchased for another sport he follows (he has many). Since Australia played pretty poorly against Germany, I was not feeling overly optimistic about the game against Ghana, but they scored early, and then ten minutes later had their front man sent off in an iffy red card on the penalty line. There's been a lot of talk about it, and while people suggest Australia could have won easily with Kewell still on the field, who is to say. The horns blew. The apocalypse hinted at looked to be particularly Australian. Cas said, "See, this is exactly what I was talking about. The refs are against us. We're what Fifa refers to as a developing nation, and they don't like our brand of football, man. We're too rough."

I wondered if the Australian fans would riot. That would be pretty cool. "I think you're making this shit up, man. Why would anyone bother to be against Australia? I mean, seriously, we're the holiday destination of the world."

"It's fucking true. Did you see that trip Ghana did? That was a clear red card, but what the dude get? Nothing, man, nothing."

I couldn't really argue with that, but mostly, I didn't bother because he was in full spin. A conspiracy for every sport, a theory for every occasion. I was starting to think that Cas ought to write a book called The Conspiracies in Sport, All of Them True.

For the most part, I was willing to overlook such conspiracy talk, and to be honest, I don't really give it any thought. However, I must admit, I was surprised to be flipping channels the next night, and coming across Santo, Sam and Ed's Cup Fever having a conversation with an ex Australian football star about the very same conspiracy. And I was like, seriously? Seriously? But maybe it's just me. I've just never really had any time for conspiracies, though I do like to hear a particularly good one--the Moon Landing Was Fake is a particular favourite of mine, but just as I find that one particularly funny, there are others that bore me, such as George Bush Organised 9/11 and JFK Was Not Killed By the US Government. My mind just wanders once people begin going on about them.

See, right now, I think that The Moon Landing Was Fake would make a great band name, or even a short story.

I should write that down.

(crossposted)

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cassiphone
Jun. 21st, 2010 04:17 am (UTC)
I suspect every team has their own conspiracy theories that they nurture! Once you're on the inside, the idea that anyone, even a referee whose job it is, might be a) neutral and b) randomly fallible, is quite galling.

benpeek
Jun. 21st, 2010 04:20 am (UTC)
that sounds like a conspiracy to me! teams with their own conspiracies pushing their conspiracies on the world to alter the way the world is seen.
cassiphone
Jun. 21st, 2010 04:23 am (UTC)
You don't push them on the world! The rule of team conspiracy talk is you only mention it to other people supporting the same team.

Or people who happen to be there when you are drunk/ranty.
benpeek
Jun. 21st, 2010 04:28 am (UTC)
the team conspiracy conspiracy: only talked about with people who understand.

i see now.

heh.
girliejones
Jun. 21st, 2010 05:11 am (UTC)
had my own heated discussion with the boy on the way into work today - having dated a ref and met a lot of other refs, refs don't actually care about the outcome of any random game. And if refs were clearly biased, wouldn't they get fired for like, not doing their job properly? But noooo ... its the refs! They are subconsciously biased ... why isn't it ever just "your team weren't as good as the other team, suck it up?"

(I might not get sport properly)
benpeek
Jun. 21st, 2010 07:22 am (UTC)
lol.
catsparx
Jun. 21st, 2010 05:38 am (UTC)
the moon landings had to be faked -- otherwise we might have discovered all those secret Nazi bases up there.
benpeek
Jun. 21st, 2010 07:21 am (UTC)
i reckon it'd be really cool if the moon landings were faked, but i am sure i'm alone in this.
catsparx
Jun. 21st, 2010 07:45 am (UTC)
behold my favourite youtube clip:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOo6aHSY8hU

Buzz Aldrin punching a moon landing conspiracy theorist in the nose
usmu
Jun. 21st, 2010 08:10 am (UTC)
I saw a dutch presenter argue that the FIFA is against video refereeing because that would eliminate the possibility for them to manipulate games. Which got quickly discounted by the other people at the table. Didn't convince him though. Apparently it's far easier to acknowledge conspiracy theories than it is to admit to sheer incompetence and stupidity.
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