Originally Posted by pasag
Lots of points to address here, but this is going around in circles and your steadfast and sometimes irrational support or minnows and globalising the game isn't helping. One I don't care what the Rugby WC or Soccer WC does. I don't care in the slightest and their no proof either way to me. Second, and most importantly your whole argument well, Australia are better than the rest by a fair margin, so the fact that the minnows are much worse than the other 8 sides so it shouldn't make difference is so flawed I can't begin to discredit it. The gap in class, and you can point to Pakistan or whatever but ti doesn't change the facts that are as clear as the light of day is huge. Australia are currently the best in the World, by the next World Cup another side may be and the dynamics of the top 8 or 9 sides may change alot. But the minnows will always be minnows, they'll still be crap, they'll still be rubbish and they'll still be devaluing the World Cup by their mere presence. Just because Australia are better than everyone doesn't give you the right to start introducing poor sides into the comp. And as I've said before and I'll say again although it's getting annoying repeating myself to you over and over, the minnows in the WC, together with the concept of globalising the game is totally farcical and idiotic.
Ok so you can say that Australia might not be the best side come the next 4 years and things might change a lot but you don't see the same thing can happen with the minnows too? Look at sri lanka in their beginnings! Are they still crap? are they still devaluing the wolrd cup with their mere presence? NO! And just to get it straight, the minnows doesn't devalue the tournament by their presence or anything else for that matter. And just because the top 8 elites are better doesn't give you the right to decline other teams in the world
cup which you don't even let any countries from the world take part in it other than the elites, what kind of **** is that. No what would be idiotic is having the same tournament every year with a different name- Champions trophy and World cup. And calling it the world cup while you let the select few play. There's nothing wrong with the concept of globalizing a game, it just takes time. What devalues it is Australia kind of, so are you going to exclude them because they dominate so much? No, and again the minnows doesn't devalue the cup and as you said we are just going in an cycle because you're ignoring the facts that it's not a select few tournament, it's the world cup and there's no such thing that says it has to be the best against the best which would be australia against australia.