Plus one supposedly burning question you can safely disregard
The Left Bank
June 24, 2012
Among the many pleasures of the tournament, Franck Ribéry ranks high on my list. Even yesterday, in the loss to Spain, I thought he was the only French player who would not let go of the bone. On the flip side, has there been a more disappointing player in this tournament than Karim Benzema? No, there has not—not by a long shot, and not even by the vast span of inaccuracy that accompanied his long shots, which were basically the only shots he had. Did the French ever complete a series of passes equivalent in its tumbling length to that previous sentence? No, they did not.