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Monday, July 10, 2006

The Nature of Games

Neither Lucy or I follow sports, but we became impressed with Zidane after viewing a great montage of him on YouTube.com. The next thing you know, we were drawn in. Rather than watch it on television at home, we found the perfect place in NYC to join the frenzy - in SOHO there are two bar restaurants across the street from each other: one French (Felix) and one Italian (Novecento), with a second Italian restaurant (La Streghe) on the corner. They had multiple large screen televisions playing the game and plenty of patrons spilling out the sidewalk. The scene, of course, was very impassioned - jeering across the street by one fan group to the other, chanting, singing national anthems, etc. On the way home, we reminded ourselves that both teams were extremely good and that although very sad for the French, disappointment is one of many aspects of the Nature of Games....

13 comments:

anne said...

Yeah...a game about a billion people watched. Glad you enjoyed it too!

Brian said...

You know, our post title bothered me, so after speaking with Lucy this morning, we changed it from "Just a Game" to "The Nature of Games". Here is my comment from the Paris site:
So much is invested in work and emotion by the teams and fans, that to say it is "just a game", although technically true, also kind of invalidates the efforts and passions of all and the sad feelings that the French have. This experience made me realize how fans can really be affected by the outcome of games. And that disappointment is one aspect of the Nature of Games.
Brian

Michael said...

Thanks for the terrific commentary on the match from NY. It's amazing what sports can do to bring people together...fans or not!

Eric said...

Yes, thank you very much for this live report from NY. I am surprised to see that - some - americans got caught up by the world cup whereas I know you're not too much into soccer.

In Europe, it's really an important matter and having lost after all these expectations is really sad.

You're right it really has an influence on the mindset of the fans (that is basically everybody!). And though, there are much tougher things in life than losing a soccer game!

Mark said...

Amazing at may seem to Americans huge 'football' games such as this can shift the mood of a country and therefore the economy. Things have not been good in France over the past few year’s, they could have certainly done with winning the world cup.

edwin s said...

Well, at least the French can celebrate Amelie Mauresmo's Wimbledon win. No French women has won it for nearly 80 years. C'est la vie Zidane!

Tomate Farcie said...

I like how you merged the two pictures together. As if you were saying "both team really deserved the applause to have made it this far." And they do!

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