And you thought the software industry was bad...

No matter how hard we think we play in software, football/soccer players are worse. Here's the evidence.

I am a rabid football (soccer) fan, with Arsenal my passion. I think when we die we are handed soccer balls and we spend eternity passing, shooting, dribbling...

And tackling.

The software industry has its own form of tackle, and open source has offered new ways to do them (Oracle's Unbreakable Linux, potentially Microsoft's application for Open Source Initiative certification, Microsoft and Novell's patent deal, etc.). But no matter how rough we think we may play, football players/thugs are worse. From Materazzi to Joey Barton, some footballers belong in a boxing ring, not on the pitch.

So, on this sunny Friday morning, I give you the worst moments of football series.

My favorite? Perhaps this kung fu kick from one of my favorite players, ever: Eric Cantona. It looks like it comes from The Matrix:

Ooh! Ah! Cantona!

Tags:
Tech Culture
About the author

    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.

     

    Join the discussion

    Conversation powered by Livefyre

    Show Comments Hide Comments
    Latest Galleries from CNET
    Best mobile games of 2014
    Nissan gives new Murano bold style (pictures)
    Top great space moments in 2014 (pictures)
    This is it: The Audiophiliac's top in-ear headphones of 2014 (pictures)
    ZTE's wallet-friendly Grand X (pictures)
    Lenovo reprises clever design for the Yoga Tablet 2 (Pictures)