On the general theory that nothing is more pleasing than putting ESPN on every metaphorical grass knoll, I have a Second Gunman theory to explain why FIFA is contemplating changing the rules on overtime to eliminate ties in the World Cup.
I think the World Wide Leader is behind it.
Stay with me here: ESPN, an American broadcasting giant, paid FIFA tons of money to televise the World Cup. Lots of Americans, being Americans, hated all the ties, particularly in the early rounds. So suddenly -- voila! -- FIFA president Seth Blatter is talking about either instituting a shootout at the end of 90 minutes, or sudden-death overtime.
The purists will no doubt howl. Even I, a non-purist, hate the idea of shootouts to end World Cup games; sudden-death overtime, however, I'm all for, because nothing is more anticlimactic than watching a team unknot a tie in OT and then have to slog through 10 or 15 more minutes to make it official. No one with a sense of drama possibly can find that appealing.
But as far as changing the OT rules one way or another ... I smell the hand of the World Wide Sugar Daddy putting pressure on FIFA to make the World Cup more worth its while.
Or maybe Kevin Costner has a better explanation.