I have nothing against soccer. It's just that I'm the sort of sports fan who thinks 'thrilling draw' is an oxymoron.
But tonight the ABC, my ABC, led its 7 pm news broadcast not just with the *&%$#@ soccer, but with seven minutes of the @#$%*& soccer.
And at the end of the seven minutes, they said 'And we'll have more on the soccer later on in Sport.'
Sure enough, after two minutes on the crisis in East Timor, one minute on the dead-at-Australian-hands Iraqi bodyguard, and seven seconds on Roger McDonald's $42,000 Miles Franklin Award win, back we went to Stuttgart. Wow, I thought, Eddie McGuire will be pleased. Oh, wait.
After the weather, time for Stateline ... and bugger me sideways, there was the @#$%&* soccer again, in the lead spot and taking up half the program.
I almost wish Croatia had won. Personally, I'm with these blokes.