Monday, June 26, 2006

Footballnomics: Is it Going to be on the Menu?

OK - it's the World Cup month. That explains why Ujang and I who are football-maniacs and can boast to have been members of the FEUI football team (not that it's something to boast about, really - we were crap!) have been too quiet. Yes, unlike some colleagues (like our European friends in Kafe Depok, for example) we don't really keen on capitalizing the World Cup fever by offering special menu on footballnomics or econofootball.

Why not? First, in an after hours discussion among the Cafe Salemba bloggers, we felt that multidisciplinary discussions are not always useful in practice. That says, economics may not be improved or better-off by using football analysis. But more importantly, football in itself has already been interesting. Much more interesting than economics. Other than vanity ,analyzing football game using economics approach will make it be boring.

Second, the aforementioned hosts will be so busy following the World Cup that they won't have time to think about all of those cute references they always seem to find. Their posts will be pretty much like this.

Third, we have to admit there's already a number of excellent blogs with footballnomics posts out there. See for examples here, here, here, or here, In short, if you really need your footballnomics fix, there are plenty out there.

Fourth, the Manager keeps reminding us that when we did talk about footballnomics (examples are here and here), the responses were okay. But when we talked about life's other distractions such as food, raunch, polygynous marriages, and of course stupid economic policies, the responses were much better.

So, there you go. The Cafe will be a place for those seeking reprieve from the suffocating fever that is the World Cup. Sick of the World Cup? Come to the Cafe! Some of you will probably say this is just a clever ploy to bring in more female readership. We categorically deny the accusation.

1. Ujang contributed to this post. In fact, he was the one reminding me that we were once players -- crappy players, so we chose to become economists instead.

2. It's football, not soccer. That is a political statement.

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