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    Why there are 45 minutes to each half in football

    There is only one thing more exciting than a woman who loves cars: A woman who loves football.

    Unfortunately, in the imperfect world that we live in... not everything goes our way.
    In a woman's world most men would love handbag shopping too but we don't see that happening do we?)
    So just a few days ago I was talking to a very very shy girl friend of mine whom I would here refer to as Susan (not her real name) and she was asking me about football.

    Here's how the conversation went (or at least what I can remember of it).

    Susan: What is extra time?

    Stewie: Extra time is the two 15 minutes halves you have after the initial 90 minutes goes by without a goal being scored. If no goal is scores in the 30 minute extra time, there will be a Penalty Shootout.

    Susan: Oh... so the actual football game lasts for 90 minutes?

    Stewie: Well yes. Two halves of 45 minutes.

    Why are there 45 minutes to each half?

    Stewie: .... What?!

    I mean... why did they decide to have 45 minutes to each half instead of 30 minutes or 50 minutes?

    Stewie: Because..... those... are.... the rules...???

    But why do they make the rules like that?

    Stewie: I don't know... that's just the way the rules are!

    Susan: How can all of you men love such a stupid game that has rules that don't even make sense?
    As you can imagine, I quickly change the subject before the conversation heated up but I went home that night to think of an answer, even asking quite a few of my football crazy friends for an answer.

    I went back to talk to her the next day.

    Stewie: Eh... I have an answer to the question you asked me the other day.

    What question?

    HAH... the woman knows what's coming and she pretends not to remember asking me that question to avoid the shame of facing the FANTASTIC AND LOGICAL ANSWER I have prepared for her.

    Stewie: The one where you asked me why one half in football has 45 minutes instead of 30 or 50 minutes.

    Susan: Oh yes... tell me... what's the answer?

    Ok fine... maybe not...


    Well it's like this.

    In the old days they decided that each minute should represent each ball in the game.
    Now each team has 11 players right?

    And each player has two balls.

    So that is 22 balls each side.
    Now since there are two teams, that makes a total of 44 balls in the game.

    You get it?

    Susan: So where is the 45th ball which accounts for the 45th minute of each half?

    ie: That would be the soccer ball that they kick around.

    Susan: .....

    Makes sense right?

    : What a stupid answer... I hope you didn't stay up all night thinking of this stupid answer.

    I did stay up all night thinking of this answer. You asked me such a stupid question I found it painfully hard to find a stupid enough answer for your stupid question. Yet
    , tell this to your boyfriend and I'm sure he'll say it's a damn good answer.

    Tell this to your girlfriend and I'm sure she'll tell you it's a stupid answer.

    My baby thought it was a stupid answer :(



    • couldn't you just say something like people need rest ? =.=

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 05, 2006 1:11 PM  

    • Well, i gotta admit thats a damned good answer !!! 45 balls !!! Yeeeeee Haaaaaa.....

      By Blogger robin, at July 05, 2006 1:54 PM  

    • haha.. heard this before liao.. find the ans very funnie but actually quite logical also maybe that's why gers dun play football bah... cos ours will only be 1 min?

      By Anonymous addee, at July 05, 2006 1:59 PM  

    • ^^ But then can say 1 min represents 1 boob XD

      By Blogger Ãngelu§, at July 05, 2006 2:10 PM  

    • if you get women footballers to all wear very very short skirts and show some clevage i bet the women's world cup will be more watched than the men's

      why do u think women's tennis took off? :P

      By Blogger Boss Stewie, at July 05, 2006 2:38 PM  

    • Why can't just say... So that the players' stamina can be used evenly and equally on both half of the games?

      By Blogger Jason, at July 05, 2006 2:38 PM  

    • that's a DAMN good stupid answer!... hope ur having fun back home

      By Anonymous -ice-, at July 05, 2006 2:58 PM  

    • ahhahahah.. i think its a darn good answer!


      By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 05, 2006 3:31 PM  

    • jason: then she'll ask me.. why must full time be 90 minutes then? why not 80 minutes?

      ice: oii... don't tell me you're reading blogs while at work.. tsk tsk... i think i need to have a word with citigroup in london

      max: you're the first girl and probably only girl to say that...

      By Blogger Boss Stewie, at July 05, 2006 4:27 PM  

    • I like!! ;) Smart one. If ever anyone asks me (which is no one), I know what to tell them. Heheh.

      By Anonymous Alynna, at July 05, 2006 5:42 PM  

    • It's a damn good answer! I'm gonna try this on my bf.. hahaha

      By Blogger chocolat-latte', at July 05, 2006 7:47 PM  

    • I didn't understand football until my bf actually sat down and explain what is offside and such.. now i watches world cup like anybody else.. it's an epidemic..



      By Blogger chocolat-latte', at July 05, 2006 7:48 PM  

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      By Blogger Jason, at July 05, 2006 10:20 PM  

    • Because jugding by the time of the ball flying around here and there, anything less than 90 minutes are not enough?

      Or perhaps, use the same answer you answer for the previous question.

      45 balls in the game, each 1 takes 1 minute to pass around mah 90 minutes loh. :P

      By Blogger Jason, at July 05, 2006 10:24 PM  

    • haha.. this is a good answer indeed!!

      By Blogger Pianonee, at July 05, 2006 10:47 PM  

    • that is a good idea jason

      By Blogger Boss Stewie, at July 05, 2006 10:49 PM  

    • copy cat! i seen this stuff before d....u copy ppl...and somemore blogging like ur damn fucking story....

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 06, 2006 12:19 AM  

    • ish, boss.. u got hater? haha

      By Anonymous cely, at July 06, 2006 12:28 AM  

    • pay attention to this paragraph

      "As you can imagine, I quickly change the subject before the conversation heated up but I went home that night to think of an answer, even asking quite a few of my football crazy friends for an answer. "


      meaning NO I obviously did not cook this up myself... please learn to read.. it'll help you at some point in life

      By Blogger Boss Stewie, at July 06, 2006 3:09 AM  

    • cely... you can't blog and not expect to have haters :P

      By Blogger Boss Stewie, at July 06, 2006 3:17 AM  

    • Mmmmmm soccer chicks... *drool*

      oh, yeah, nice post dude. LENG ;)

      By Blogger Jackson, at July 06, 2006 6:13 AM  



      hahahahahahahahahaahah YEAH~!

      By Anonymous adrianbaby, at July 06, 2006 8:07 AM  

    • hehehe.... i like the answer.
      and boss, don't stereotype all women.
      i like football and beer.
      too bad boyfriend don't share the same interest :(

      By Anonymous Katze, at July 06, 2006 10:24 AM  

    • ok i'm sorry katze.. i forget sometimes there are cool women like yourself

      By Blogger Boss Stewie, at July 06, 2006 10:51 AM  

    • Waddup Stewie. Long time reader, virgin poster. By the way, love your blog.

      Next time you're stumped by a woman, remember these words...'Hey! I almost forgot. Did you hear about the massive shoe sale in (insert shoe store here)'. It's like using one of those memory eraser things in Men In Black.

      By Blogger flaminglambo, at July 06, 2006 12:20 PM  

    • ah flaming... i've tried that so many times it doesn't seem to work anymore

      By Blogger Boss Stewie, at July 06, 2006 1:12 PM  

    • hahahha...

      By Anonymous Bunny, at July 06, 2006 2:43 PM  

    • hahaha... that's actually quite a good answer =P

      By Blogger -R·K-, at July 06, 2006 3:00 PM  

    • uhm. i'm a girl. and sure, it's a pretty dumb question, but you were really smart to have thought of it. haha.

      By Anonymous Vera, at July 06, 2006 4:32 PM  

    • vera i didn't think of it... one of the friends i consulted told me about it... :P

      By Blogger Boss Stewie, at July 06, 2006 7:20 PM  

    • Told my baby that too. Sad thing girls are just too smart for em stupid answers these days...


      By Anonymous Lance, at July 07, 2006 4:43 AM  

    • bah, who cares about football...

      S15.. mmmmmm, pure sex :D

      By Anonymous omgwtflol, at July 07, 2006 8:26 AM  

    • Damn funny....As a girl, I initially thought it was stupid but then I saw the 'logic'. hee hee good job

      By Blogger Dawn, at July 07, 2006 1:32 PM  


      By Blogger Boss Stewie, at July 07, 2006 6:05 PM  

    • LOL!! Ya know, as a guy, i gotta say; dats quite a cracker ya whipped up overnite, as u would imagine :) Then again...what susan n u're baby says is quite true...wikipedia.org is the world at u're fingertips thus you could've known the real answer in a few minutes instead of losing those few hours of u're beauty sleep XD

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 07, 2006 11:58 PM  

    • Well, I would say..."I'm not sure, you could probably go find an answer or the web....type it in google." Well if she says "why don't you look it up". It's obvious it's a game she likes to play. Then say "I can't really be bothered." Then you are home free :)

      I say if she wants to ask you some sort of question which most probably no one knows the answer to, then let her do the work of finding it. Then you aren't playing this stupid game with her and causing yourself all kinds of unneeded pressure/stress. Most likely all her boyfriends are paying too much attention to the game instead of her.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 09, 2006 12:45 PM  

    • cool answer, but it seemed like susan was able to grasp the idea of 90 minutes per game so wouldnt it be alot easier if you just told her half of 90 is 45?? :). and if she still insists on knowing the answer, just tell her to shut the hell up and finish the popcorn (assuming you guys were having popocorn during the game hahaha), she's not your girlfriend anyways :).


      By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 11, 2006 5:40 PM  

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