Monday, June 19, 2006

Offside for women

With the current sports fury around here (Edmonton in the Stanley Cup finals, and the World Cup on right now) I found this great explanation of offside for women. For the first time in my sports challenged life I actually understand what offside means! For all you sports challenged individuals out there, here goes...

You're in a shoe shop, second in the queue for the till. Behind the shop assistant on the till is a pair of shoes which you have seen and which you must have.

The female shopper in front of you has seen them also and is eyeing them with desire. Both of you have forgotten your purses. It would be rude to push in front of the first woman if you had no money to pay for the shoes.

The shop assistant remains at the till waiting. Your friend is trying on another pair of shoes at the back of the shop and sees your dilemma.

She prepares to throw her purse to you.

If she does so, you can catch the purse, then walk round the other shopper and buy the shoes! At a pinch she could throw the purse ahead of the other shopper and "whilst it is in flight" you could nip around the other shopper, catch the purse and buy the shoes!
BUT, you must always remember that until the purse has "actually been thrown", it would be plain wrong for you to be in front of the other shopper and you would be OFFSIDE!



Trent said...

Doesn't really work for me. I must be a guy.

Magnus said...

Well, I used to know what offside meant but after that explanation I can't seem to remember anymore.

Thoth Harris said...

Yes, offside seems like a little bit of an obscure or annoying little rule. Like why can't you just shoot the puck at the opposite team's net whenever you want?

Offside is simple. If I understand it correctly (I think I do):

If any member of your team crosses over the big middle line before the even one member of the other team has crossed it, then it's offside.

There. It's simple and explained in one sentence...right?

Geosomin said...

But where the puck is is involved to isn't it?