Bestest

datePosted on 08:52, June 18th, 2010 by Lew

Stuart Dye’s column which uses perfectly sound* logic to reach the conclusion that the All Whites are the world’s fifth-equal-best football team,** is a bit of fun. The only problem is that while reading it I kept getting flashbacks to the flimsiest rationalisations of the left’s 2008 election campaign. By careful selection and weighting of the criteria by which to judge the political field it was possible to argue — at times convincingly — that Labour and the Greens had it in the bag, and that’s what many people did instead of taking a long hard look at their team’s performance.

Ironically enough, I’m pretty sure those picking the criteria and making the rationalisations weren’t surprised in the slightest when their outcomes failed to eventuate.

Delusional partisan jingoism in a sport where we have a snowball’s chance: harmless. In politics: not so harmless.

L

* For unusual values of “perfectly” and “sound”.
** Above us are Brazil, Germany, the Netherlands and Argentina — and by now Mexico and Nigeria Greece, which I suppose makes us seventh equal.

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4 Responses to “Bestest”

  1. StephenR on June 18th, 2010 at 10:31

    By careful selection and weighting of the criteria by which to judge the political field it was possible to argue — at times convincingly — that Labour and the Greens had it in the bag,

    Out of curiosity did any of these not involve ‘great success’ for Winston Peters? Seemed to be the only ‘credible’ way for the Left to get there.

  2. Lew on June 18th, 2010 at 11:16

    Yeah, many did. I seem to recall that NZF passing the 5% threshold (a fair bet at the time) could still not realistically have resulted in a viable Labour-led government, though.

    L

  3. SPC on June 18th, 2010 at 14:11

    If Slovakia played and beat Paraguay before we play Italy we would be favourites against the defending champions.

  4. SPC on June 21st, 2010 at 02:23

    Oh well, with Paraguay’s convincing 2-0 win over Slovakia, there is no way we are favourites now.

    Still, we have gone out to a 1-0 lead early on.

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