It's World Cup time and that means sports fans worldwide are focused on important issues, like complaining about vuvuzelas
and this year's soccer ball, the Jabulani
, which will push fan and player hatred of the 2006 ball, Teamgeist
, into the background.
Why does this happen (the ball complaints, not the vuvuzelas) every World Cup? FIFA, governing body of Big Football, loves controversy, that's why. So FIFA has strict regulations on the size and weight of the balls but makes no regulations at all about the outside surface of the balls. Thus, we go from an inordinately smooth ball one World Cup to one with ridges the next.