Saturday, February 26, 2011

Tainted Championship

It was about one year ago today when I remember feeling euphoric after Laos won the WCP Cup and ended ROI's two-year championship run. It felt like an underdog story, or the New York Yankees getting toppled by the little guy or something like that. The last thing I wanted was a three-peat champion and in my mind the game seemed like a perfect way for the Saskatoon-loaded Ireland to meet its end.

One year later I'm having second thoughts after really thinking about Laos, their roster and all of the advantages that team has compared to every other team in the tournament. The more I think about it, the more I think that Laos are actually the Yankees, with all the money, player-pickups, and rule violations that they enjoy.

The money? Oh yes, the money. The dirty little secret about the Teppanyaki sponsorship that Laos enjoys is that they really, really enjoy it. Free food? Of course. Lots of free food? Definitely. Making offers to key players so that they 100% sure know there's free food? Only natural. If it sounds like a college booster recruiting star players it's because that's essentially what it is. Throw in some free shoes, and other nice things for cash-strapped players and bingo, you've got a star-studded Laos roster.

Now, you could say that every team still has to follow the heritage rules..... Oh wait, that's the other dirty little secret that isn't actually a secret about Laos, isn't it? Everyone on every other team is certain there's no way Laos has enough heritage. You can look at the players and instinctively know, but there's nothing anyone can do about it, that's for the tournament organizers to enforce.

And that's where Adam Ailsby comes in - the Striker for Laos who also doubles as the tournament lawyer and guy most in charge of checking heritage. If it seems fishy it's because it's a blatant conflict of interest. Not in a legal sense, just in a purity of the sport and tournament sense. Couple that Ailsby is always trying to seem like he's on some kind of moral holy ground and it's enough to make you gag.

So going into the 2011 tournament, let's just say there's no way I want to see Laos prevail again. I can handle the momentary euphoria from 2010, but if that were to happen again I think it would make me nauseous. Hopefully, a fully rules compliant, non-rich underdog can win in 2011 - that would make for a suitable ending.

35 comments:

Anonymous said...

sounds like someone is jealous that a team has resources and you dont, but perhaps there should be a resource rule? but then again you cant see whos doing what

Anonymous said...

the issue about herritage should be taken seriously by wcp commite otherwise they shouldnt make any rules coz they dont follow through wat they say which is a shame

Anonymous said...

I'm sure if teams would make the time to look for a sponsorship for there team they would get money, it would be consider a tax write off, the heritage ruling, ya i dunno thats a touchy subject

Anonymous said...

I want free shoes!

Anonymous said...

where the posts about norways lucky championship? seems like any team that wins you beak and leave out your own team who one. not better teams faults they can recruit players to beat other teams

Anonymous said...

haha I always like an Ailsby-bashing post

Anonymous said...

Playmaker one day you love a team, then the next you turn around and bash them. You post sounds to show more jealously than anything. I don't think the cheap shoes that players receive is that appealing. Its more of star players wanting to play with other studs. Hence why Norway can't seem to recruit any solid Saskatoon talent.

Anonymous said...

I'm agreeing with Playmaker as it would be nice to see Laos follow the heritage rules just as everyone else has to.

Anonymous said...

Who wouldn't be jealous of free Teppanyaki? Sounds delicious!

Anonymous said...

Laos should be forced to follow the heritage rules. The majority of players on that team that are no way, shape, or form from laos, yet we let it slip. Why? You ask. Not sure. Maybe we should ask those type of questions.

Anonymous said...

Honestly the Laos thing doesn't really bother me too much. As long as they look Asian to me, that is really all I care about. There are some non-heritage players but you are allowed a few and if they have the minimum heritage players filled by people that look Asian I am cool with that. Same thing goes with Nigeria, Botswana, Jamaica, El Salvador, and Chile. As long as they look like they could come from that area or surrounding then they should be able to field a team. Plus, if we want to get real technical Republic of Ireland is only looking for Irish players for heritage. Matt Leung is considered heritage but he is from Northern Ireland but nobody says anything about that. And Ailsby sucks as an investigator because he still hasn't figured it out. They never do, they couldn't be bothered guys. I would just put you have blood and go where you want to at least until Ailsby stops pretending like he is looking.

And as for Braden going after Laos, I must say I am little confused as well. I think it made you look a bit petty and trying to grasp at straws. So now I will just assume you hate any team that wins the Cup besides Norway. Classy, real classy.

Kirk Dooley

Playmaker said...

That's OK Dooley, I'd hate on Canada too except it wouldn't be worth the time because nobody cares about your team. I try and stick with topics that people are interested in.

Anonymous said...

Haha Laos doesn't get free shoes you idiot haha they pay for shit just like everyone else! And what's this about free food so what they happen to own a restuarant Its like any other team owning restaurant say like Greece, I'm sure they would get free food too and what's so star studded about Laos other then Josh Northey? Everyone just complains because they suck and can't find ppl! And ya I agree with Kirk, who are you to beak Laos? Just seems ppl beak who ever wins Cuz they won and complain cuz your team sucks!

Anonymous said...

Well done Braden, such an original topic. It was clever of you to try and change the topic from how you are a poor loser to how everyone hates Canada. The Canada story is done Braden, I think people are tired of writing about how much they hate Canada and the Dooley`s, and frankly I am bored of reading it. I also don`t think people are interested in the topic of how you think Laos and Ireland don`t deserve the title, but Norway does with the luckiest goal this tournament has ever seen. Not to mention that the same year you guys won, you lost to Canada who got 15th. However, I am sure you have some excuse as to how you lost, and we cheated or didn`t deserve it. Whatever the case may be Braden you have shown your true side as a player and a person and that is more of a interesting topic then your opinion of how teams don`t deserve the title.

Kirk Dooley

antonio said...

wrong again!! haha laos doesnt get free shoes either! they pay for there stuff like everyone else does! and so what if they get free food its like any other team say greece having a restaurant and giving them free food! and why do you care anyways thats the real question? obviously your jealous or have hate towards laos cause of that or you are just being a sore loser! it has nothing do with recruiting players and i think i should stop SI and bringing it to the blog with soo called boosters haaa. and how is laos star studded other then josh northey? like really its time for ppl to stop complaining cuz they cant find players because there team sucks!
everyone needs to grow a pair

Anonymous said...

I agree, I think you guys need to find a sponsor to cut down your cost. didnt u guys have Chad Anthony's dad sponsor u guys one yr?

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry Braden, but whining about a team and calling it a tainted championship becuase they have sponsorship is bush league and is pretty pathetic. Finding sponsorship is VERY easy if you get off your ass and ask a few companies (maybe start with your workplaces for cash or inkind sponsors). You're making it sound like Chinese food is giving them some kind of super human powers that boast their athletic abilities giving them an unfair advantage.

And regarding the heritage thing...it's not like they are the only ones that are doing it...there are TONS of 'fringe' heritage players that are 1/16 heritage from 10 generations ago. Northern Ireland is the same...many people on there have Irish heritage, but it's not from Northern Ireland.

Playmaker said...

Call it bush league if you want, it is what it is. Just writing for everyone out there who wanted to know. For everyone who is wondering, I don't have a hate on for any team (except Canada) but I'll write what I think about the teams that matter so don't take it as a shock when you see something.

And Dooley, never said Laos and Ireland didn't deserve the championship. I hope they wear their title belts around just like I do. It boosts my ego every day, especially when I think about how Canada has never had the sweet pleasure and probably never will.

Anonymous said...

So by saying it's a tainted championship, what else would you mean aside from them not deserving it?

Anonymous said...

you guys make soccer to be so boring, why cant we just enjoy playing instead of creating a lot of hate.

Anonymous said...

Norway was lucky to beat Greece in the playoffs of 07. Greece should of won but a coaching error cost the team. Let me remind you PLAYMAKER, Greece was winning the game by 2-0 with 8 minutes left. 1 goal was disallowed by Greece, a non call (HANDBALL) for a penalty shot in Greece;s favor. then u guys scored 3 times, yes a collapse by Greece, but dont tell me Norway of 07 was a good team. Greece was the best team, but we lost 1 stupid game by 1 stupid ref. You guys were shit, we could of spanked you 5-0. Greece, for 40 years in regina soccer, has never had a ref win us game. We are always on the other side of it. Its bullshit.

Anonymous said...

When I read what you just wrote about Greece, it sounds to me that in 40yrs of playing soccer in Regina you have yet to admit defeat while still maintaining your pride. Everyone hates to lose, I hate to lose, but in Regina is feels like players cannot do it without finding some excuse or reason. Why not just let is rest at Greece lost because they relaxed too much and Norway took advantage of their opportunities.

Anonymous said...

Greece is one of those teams that "shoulda won" should of beat Laos,Norway,ROI. I think Greece should of entered in the "should of won world cup tourny" cause they would win

Anonymous said...

"You guys were shit, we could of spanked you 5-0. Greece, for 40 years in regina soccer, has never had a ref win us game"

you must be a pretty shitty soccer player if you think its that important for the ref to win you a game... what do you want him to do? call a goal when its really a corner kick? if thats greece's strategy this year, then count them out. you are better off going out for dinner a few times to your greek family members restaraunts and testing which place has better baklava.

Anonymous said...

All im saying about Greece is,, is that Norway sucks.

Anonymous said...

Braden, you should take out that wcpcuptrashing blog link. I thought this tournament was supposed to be about highlighting something positive in our soccer community, not pointless trash talking and whiniing...really sad.

Anonymous said...

do you hold hands when you play soccer too anon:7:00 get real

SeenitDoneit

Anonymous said...

braden, stop making shit up. before you post non sense you should come talk to someone that plays for Laos. We have enough heritage players. We have team suppers at the resturant, We get cool gear, because we pay for it. Lots of our money goes into training time. Before you start bashing our team check your facts.

Boun Phoummabout

Playmaker said...

Boun, I didn't write this based on things that I was imagining. It's possible I went over the top a bit, but from what I've heard, what I've checked out and what reality is, I'd say there is much more truth than fallacy in this post. Nobody knows the entire truth except Laos, and let's just say I wouldn't expect to get the entire truth even if I asked.

Anonymous said...

How many non-heritage players can you have?

Anonymous said...

who cares how many non-heritage players they have, as long as the heritage minimum is covered.. what a dumb question..

Anonymous said...

They need to have 12... then all of their good players are non heritage.

Anonymous said...

no where does it say in the rules wether your good players have to be heritage or not. Not every team is going to have the same amount of "good" Heritage players.

Anonymous said...

there is none you donkey

Anonymous said...

lets try to name more than 11 non-heritage