Today a bunch of us gathered for the World Cup final between France and Italy. Honestly, I had no loyalty towards either country but was for France based on the fact that the intern in my department had France and would win $$$...and in return would buy drinks for us. However, this should be kept in mind. A general rule of thumb is this: The team I cheer for, generally loses.....and it's almost a given.
Anyway, disappointing and embarrassment is all I have to say for France. The match was excellent through 109 minutes...then the 110th minute came. Zidane, the captain, decided to intentionally headbutt an Italian player. Absolutely inexcusable...and an embarrassment. His last game ever on the international stage and instead of riding off into the sunset as a hero or even well respected, he'll forever be remembered for being red carded with the game on the line. I think the lasting image will be as he walked off the field past the world cup trophy. You know they say a picture can be worth a thousand words....this one was it.
In any case, it's sad to see this happen on the world stage like this with so many watching. I am glad that the ref consoled with the side referees and got the call right. It's almost as if you knew from that time on...that Italy was going to be victorious. It just had that feel. He also didn't argue...he just kind of looked dazed and headed off the field.
I feel for him knowing full well that he will forever be linked in history to his stupidity for that one second...instead of his splendid play throughout the 2006 Cup. It's like a lot of things...the bad news dominates the good. And this just in: He won the golden ball. Ha!