"Is Zurich Burning?"

The good news is that Jack Warner is finished.

Any number of questions remain, such as whether or not CONCACAF will continue to rent it's office space from him for $300,000 a year and whether there's any chance in the world that the Soca Warriors will be able to recover the $20 million he openly and shamelessly stole from them while every football association and official in the world looked the other way and pretended not to know about it, while at the same time spouting juvenile nonsense about Respect for the Game and Fair Play.

But Jack Warner is finished.

And that's a good thing.

Except that he's leaving behind a crippled organization, an empty shell filled with the venal and corrupt old men who used to be his partners and accomplices.

Sepp Blatter will be re-elected on Wednesday amid a flurry of promises that he will proceed to crack down on corruption, and all the corruptocrats who hold the Beautiful Game in a stranglehold today will breathe a sigh of relief.

It's not just that Sepp Blatter promising to wipe out corruption is like Al Capone promising to wipe out crime: it's patently absurd.

Rather, it's that Sepp Blatter, the one man - indeed, virtually the ONLY man - who nobody accuses of stealing a single dollar, has already stolen something much more important:

He's stolen the games' soul.

He was elected in 1998 in a coup organized and financed by adidas, whose bag man spent the night before the vote slipping envelopes filled with cash under the hotel room doors of the members.

By 2002 the organization was so corrupt that ISL, FIFAs' "marketing partner" was shoveling so much money in bribes to the Executive Committee that they lost track of who to send it all to and ended up mailing some of the checks directly to FIFA headquarters.

When ISL collapsed, it was discovered that all the money that TV broadcasters and commercial sponsors had paid in had gone straight out to ExCo members - men with names like Leoz, Texiera, Hayatou and Warner - as bribes and nothing was left. FIFA was dead broke.

And Blatter had been the man in charge the entire time.

Incredibly, he managed to find a bank which would allow him to leverage the revenues from the 2006 World Cup - four years away - and he showed up in Seoul (after a whirlwind tour of the world financed entirely by Mohammad Bin Hammam) with $200,000 checks for everyone. ExCo member Chuck Blazer stood up in front of the Congress and made an impassioned speech about what a great man Blatter was and reminding everyone that they were going to get their money and Blatter was re-elected.

So here we are almost ten years later.

Blatter has presided over a scandal involving bribery, greed and open flouting of the rules and will face a vote in two days.

And there isn't even an opponent running against him.

FIFA's Executive Committee is meeting as we speak.

Of course, the two members who were caught asking for bribes prior to the vote last December won't be there.

And Jack Warner and Mohammad Bin Hammam won't be there.

But guys like Leoz, Hayatou and Texiera (who is now being investigated by his own government for rampant criminality if the awarding of contracts for World Cup 2014 projects) are still sitting ther.

Blazer will be there too. Six months ago he was the one guy that everyone in FIFA loved to death. Now you wonder if anyone will speak to him.

Franz Beckenbauer will be there. He told reporters yesterday that he thinks Blatter has done "a wonderful job" and is glad the Ethics Committee stuff is over so FIFA can "get back to normal".

Jerome Valcke will be there. He admitted to reporters this moning that he did indeed send Jack Warner an email saying that Bin Hammam thought "you can buy FIFA as they bought the WC", but that Warner "only released a portion of the email".

Ah yes, the old "my remarks were taken out of context" defense. As if there was some conceivable context whereby that comment is anything other than an admission that Qatar bribed ExCo members to vote for them.

The shocking thing isn't that he said it. Rather, it's how casually he said it. Like it's an accepted, not particularly interesting, well-known fact.

Which, of course, it is.

In 2014, the Championship match of the FIFA World Cup will be played in the Estadio Maracana in Rio de Janiero.

Observing the game from the luxurious private box which the contracts obligate the host to provide him, will be Sepp Blatter, presiding over the proceedings like a Pharoah.

He won't care what you think then any more than he does today.

He'll have gotten everything he wanted.

He's been in that chair a long time and presided over a lot of scandals. This one is bad but come Thursday morning he'll check in to his office just like always.

He wins. Like he always does.

Have a nice day.