My [male] bimboic approach to football tournament – no offence to the fans out there – is more like watching the American Idol. And hence, my only contribution to the blogosphere (if you can call it one) is my quick drawing of one fine Spanish player who scored the golden goal. Spain has won the UEFA Cup first time in 44 years, so I read. 44 years is a long time. I for sure am much younger than that. Ha!
Before I met Cynthia, who is one football fanatic, I seldom watch football matches on TV. I can’t remember the name of this dude whom I’ve met in an International school back in the UK, when I was 17. I think he is an Malaysian and on his wall, he had this huge tournament chart that tracked the World Cup progress. What a hardcore fanatics he was. Not only that, he had a large collection of magazines and I remember there was a ring binder – from a magazine publisher I suppose – that contained some of the finest moments in the soccer history in forms of illustration and writing. I guess that was what people did prior to the advent of Internet, filing contents month after month. My friend would show me all the wonderful passes from the world famous sorcerers using the materials inside this ring binder of his. Pele, he pointed out, is a legend and here is why. I have not met anyone that passionate about football until I met Cynthia.
She is really one of the kind. And because of her, I found that watching football matches can be entertaining. For the past couple of world tournaments, I have religiously watched every single match live, even more so than Cynthia.
This year, because no one talks about football in my work place, I can afford to watch some of the recorded matches during the sane hours. Still, we took leave and watched the final match live. Cynthia joked that she would pick up either Spanish or German as a new language depending on the outcome of the UEFA Cup final. I guess it is going to be Spanish then. And ya, we love the music played whenever there was a goal. Both of us would jump out of the sofa, hands waving in the air – that is if the goal is not against the team we support.
PS. Interestingly, I have also equated watching the football tournaments to the American Idol back in the Word Cup 2006.