From smack-bang in the middle of the bell curve

Big boys do cry

In sports on June 25, 2006 at 5:49 am

The first game was as if a welter-weight contender had blundered into the ring against a heavy-weight. If you supported the scandinavians, it was painful to watch and you were in fact thankful when the end came. The other one though, was markedly different. Mexico and Argentina went at each other hard, for all of regulation time. Mexico scored the first goal to show why they’re the #4 ranked team in the world. The day however belonged to the bigger South American name in the game as they won in extra time. As the cameras panned over the exultant Argentinian bench and they piled on each other, you saw the odd figure in green on the pitch, each spaced from the other similar figures, trudging towards their bench.

My enduring image was a closeup of one of the faces as he stood still, as though petrified, looking into the distance. Face lined with fatigue, a far-off stony expression nevertheless, the only sign that he might be made of living tissue apparent in the moist eyes. He finally blinks as an Argentinian player approaches him for the traditional exchange of jerseys. They hug, the victor and the vanquished. Wholehearted, because, the former knows that his opponent was worthy and with some quirks of luck, the roles could easily have been reversed. The latter, though his will, fragmented like eggshells that have been stepped on, aware that his opponent was just that l’il bit better on the day. He doesn’t grudge him his win, but that doesn’t ease the lump in his throat, or that heavy feeling in his chest. It will be a few days before he can smile, he will play other times, and win. But for now, he has to deal with that unduplicable feeling, that comes with wanting something with every fibre of your being…and being denied. Not for him, the excuses about unfair refereeing or insufficient training or incompetent teammates. He and his team will walk off the pitch with head held high, cliches about the importance of winning (those oft-quoted by ‘the onlookers’, those who wouldn’t dare step on the playing field themselves but take viacarious pleasure in tearing down those that come off second best on it) don’t apply here. Its funny that you think of them as absurd on two occasions – when you win and when you lose . It then…must really be about how you play the game

  1. Wow,Awesome.Loved your post.But hey Argentina it is mate.

  2. niiiice. must give it to you, buddy. that was very well written. and the argentinians are hot too.

  3. i fail to see why argentina is such a hot favorite…but they have looked exceptional most times…

  4. by the way…thanks n! or shud i say…that girl from that brazilian city >:)

  5. dude…you write well and everything but when it comes to sports..stick to writing about cricket. It has a certain..effect πŸ™‚

  6. they are hot. and they look good. does there have to be another reason?i put my money on brazil, tho, loyalties and everything.!@#$ ##$%

  7. ok…actually read through it this time and lets just say…aaahh.How do you do it!

  8. i dunno…must be an inherent skill…but what?!

  9. oh forget it…you don’t deserve to know. no more ‘gushing’!

  10. Jeez, Don’thaveaclue…This person gets an orgasm reading your posts.;)How can you not get it, even after such eloquent expressions.:PAnd now you have disappointed them,lest you didn’t get the last comment either.*slaps forehead in disappointment*

  11. oye anonymous…this is the anonymous who has orgasms reading don’thaveaclue’s posts…koi problem?

  12. What if I did? . Are you trying to pick up a fight ?

  13. That really depends.But no. More interested to know why you would have a problem.

  14. Ford Prefect hears that theres a fight of orgasmismic proportions about to commence on this blog … Donthaveaclue – I am sorry mate… Football never interested me much .. but this here has the potential of turning into something quite interesting … Let the games begin…

  15. Anonymous – Depends on what ? you too busy heving orgasms all day long or just plain chicken ??Ford Perfect – Sorry to disappoint you but no thanks…. BTW I love your blog…

  16. ford…dude! thats offensive! so, anons, only one sane way to settle this. wud u please proceed to ur corners and come out mudwrestling at the bell. btw..someone thinks u’r perfect…looks like u scored πŸ˜‰

  17. Awsome Idea dude … I might just fly in to Mumbai to witness this .. As for the scoring … Perfection can sometimes be the resuld of bad typing skills πŸ˜‰

  18. Anonymous – depends on how big a problem you have. all those orgasms I keep having keep me quite busy and satisfied. You should try it sometime.Ford – I love your blog too. Not orgasmic but entertaining nevertheless.Don’thaveaclue – you and i need to meet.

  19. You have been tagged.

  20. eh?

  21. Explanation on my blog in response to Ford’s comment.Try it.It should be fun.

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