Figure Four Football My Life 26 FEB 2008

FIFAWell, well, well. It is almost becoming a tradition now, but our bi-monthly four-man FIFA shoot out with Ryan, Karl, Jeremy and I does not seem to be showing signs of letting up any time soon!

Last night saw me hosting the boys again for our latest round in this epic tournament of blood, sweat, tears and potato chips and as per usual, it was an absolute goal fest of note. With each and every outing Karl and Jeremy are improving by leaps and bounds and last night was no exception, with them once again clinching their treasured single win as well as the first ever draw in this series. Hell, they were even as adventurous as to try playing with a team other than England for game, this time shooting for Germany (this didn’t last all that long though as after the first horrible hiding they quickly reverted back to old faithful England).

However, it is their skill in scoring goals that has alarmingly improved and this was easily shown up by the fact that Ryan wouldn’t abide by me selecting sides by picking a colour – instead he made sure that we stood a decent chance of thrashing the two upstarts by purposefully picking star-studded teams like Barcelona and Chelsea to put these two in their place.

Both sides scored some thrilling goals while there more than enough spectacular blunders from either side to keep everyone in stitches and the mood light enough so as to avoid bloodshed or overly sweaty controllers. The majority of the games were fairly tight, particularly to the middle of the evening, which was surprising considering that Ryan and I held the majority possession for all the games and were averaging well over 20 shots on goal per game! (Obviously we need to work on our aim a little if anything is to be read into that last stat if you ask me).

A first for the evening was something I’m pretty sure Karl and Jeremy don’t ever want repeated – we were forced to restart a game at half time after scoring an unbelievable 8 goals to their paltry, well, zero. Deciding that canned slaughter is never nice for anyone, we allowed them to change from England to Barcelona and although the follow up game was a little better from their perspective this time around, we still walked away with the win – again :)

As always tons of fun was to be had and everyone walked away from the night’s battling content and eager for the next round when hopefully we get to see even more brilliance from the dynamic duo of Mr Storbeck and Mr Nell as they continue to garner a little more polish with every outing!

After the two foreigners left for the evening, Ryan hunkered down and challenged me to some FIFA 08, probably to try and wrestle back the trophy after losing it to me on Sunday. Again, unfortunately for him, I managed to hold on come out the winner, winning 1 game out of the 2 game series (the other was a draw if the maths is puzzling you perhaps).

Don’t worry Ryan, and to quote the annoying announcer from the Dancing Stage series, “There is ALWAYS tomorrow!” ;)

About Craig Lotter

South African software architect and developer at Touchwork. Husband to a cupcake baker and father to two little girls. I don't have time for myself any more.