Wednesday, July 19, 2006

for those in need of heroes

in Je t'aime, Zizou, sydney morning herald columnist james button offers an eloquent take on the man, and his final moments on the pitch:

After the taunt, Zidane walked away from Materazzi, stared at him for a few long seconds, then moved towards him. It was as if, in front of 2 billion spectators, he chose his fate. As if he chose his mother over his motherland, sticking up two fingers to fairytales and imaginary multicultural bliss. And so the France of 1998 became the France of 2006.
bravo button, y zizou.


fatmammycat said...

I don't agree Finn, he let his mother his country and his profession down. If he had stayed on the pitch scored a goal and then stuck two fingers up at that whining filthy diving fuck of an Italian I'd salute him. But he let his temper get the better of him and Italy won.
Game over big fella, ya blew it and the abiding image will be of you walkng to the tunnel head down past the trophy you should have rammed up that diver's arse, or at least held aloft.

finn said...

thanks for the response, FMC -- i go back & forth on this. when it first happened i was shocked, dismayed & critical; and i did feel zidane let his team down. but then i considered there's more happening on that pitch than a game and a team -- there are fallible individuals with their own histories, triggers and ethics. zidane demonstrated his fallibility, but while you might call it "losing his temper," i'd call it putting his own values above his team's & country's. if you believe that's wrong, we'll have to agree to disagree. but i'm totally with you on the "filthy diving fuck of an italian."

finally, who's to say france would have won with zidane still on the field??

fatmammycat said...

I do believe they woulda scored, but I always think I'm ya still. That's the great thing about being older.

Subhangi said...

When Zizou did that I was screaming "NOOOOOOOOO" but in the end I forgave him. Materazzi deserved a good kick in his b*lls.