Sunday, December 02, 2007

Justice is Served

Corinthians, the most popular of the four teams from the city of São Paulo (excluding teams from the surrounding suburbs), has been relegated to the Série B. In 2005 Corinthians won a Sèrie A marred by a refereeing scandal, and recently the Federal Police recorded a phone conversation in which Corinthians' former president admitted to paying referees to buy the championship. The CBF -- impotent in the face of injustice, powerful when called upon to defend the powerful -- took no action. However, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, or poetic justice, or something, took over and Corinthians survived relegation in the Campeonato Paulista on the last day (and only because of a São Paulo victory) and today concluded a horrible campaign with relegation. Now if Flamengo can get relegated next year, I'll think justice has finally come to Brazil.