And then it's all over

For the World Cup: The Italians never grew on me the way the French did but I have to admit they probably deserved to win. As usual, they had a fantastic defence but this time their forwards did their jobs too. But, it's the Italians. I can't drum up much enthusiasm for them (or their win).

For Zidane: Not much to write here except what many others, better at writing than me, have written--Oh, why, Zizou? Unlike the English players (who all seem ready to slag off Sven) Zidane's always been a quiet sort so he will probably not explain what led to a moment of madness*.

For moments of madness: We had Rooney, we had the McBride being headbutted, we had Figo twisting nipples and getting away with it, and then we had Zidane.

For hanging out in the (same) pub all day throughout the tournament: Really, what is there to do now?

For fun days as a student: Teaching is just not the same, I reckon. Tonight, I have a 3.5 hour class on "Cross-cultural Communications", a topic I've never taken as a student nor been much interested in**. I've been told there will be student presentations (but those can't go on for 3.5 hours, surely?) and not much else. If I were a student, I wouldn't need to worry about that. Now, I am trying to figure out what to talk about, if (when) the presentations are done.

For my taking over PTSD with footy-related stuff: It's very appropriate that the second season of the Doctor and the World Cup both ended a day after each other. Maybe E will be back in writing now? Soon? After all, there's only so much of my drivel PTSD readers can be expected to read.

* This has not stopped many from speculating, as seen in this comments thread to a Guardian post. 817 comments and counting on Zidane and his head butt with many commentators automatically assuming his actions were in response to racist remarks by Materazzi. Many then link this to colonialism, immigrant rights and so on with quite a lot of the commentators excusing Zidane's actions. Neither Materazzi or Zidane has said anything about the subject so far.

** A brainstorming session with E and ArmyGuy on Friday led to some suggestions for cross-cultural communication though all were ultimately unworkable in class on a practical basis (and unpostable on PTSD).


At 7/10/2006 11:27 AM, Blogger peter said...

seriously, a cup final being decided by penalty kicks? that's horrible, especially because Italy didn't win so much as that one French guy choked on his PK.

besides, after zizzou got kicked out, France still dominated-- Italy made no serious shots with the man advantage, and France played most of that time on the attack. horrible way to end a championship.

At 7/10/2006 12:47 PM, Anonymous serena said...

horrible way to end any game in the cup match i'm afraid.

At 7/11/2006 12:32 AM, Blogger Priya said...

True. But if Treziguet hadn't bottled it and handed over the match to his Juve mates,....if Zizou hadn't headbutted Materazzi,...if if if

Can't summon up energy to comment much now. Knackered after having to go in at 7.30am

At 7/11/2006 6:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Show your pride. Support your world cup team.


At 7/11/2006 8:13 PM, Blogger Priya said...

Hey anonymous, too late isn't it? Besides, I have my team's badge all over (yes, those who know me in RL can now snicker and nod their heads)


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