Why is the World Cup better than the Olympics?

Mick Hartley asks, “Why is the World Cup so much better than its global rival, the Olympics?” and gives 12 reasons …. our favorites …

  • You can’t harness football to political ends as you can with athletics.
  • The Olympics is not only about racing against other competitors, it’s also a race against the drug-testing rules. The whole event is fatally compromised by drugs. With football it’s not even clear what drugs would be appropriate: given the history of the sport, probably booze and fags.
  • Football’s always got an element of chance.
  • Footballers are normal guys who just happen to be very good at football. Olympic events are full of tree-trunk-thighed weirdos.

The Footie,” Mick Hartley, June 11, 2006