Monday, July 10, 2006

Walk On Zizou - You Are Too Great To Go Down

The World Cup final match was going to be Zinedine Zidane's last match of his career. And one would have expected that the great man would go out with a bang on an all-time high. But unfortunately, he went out with a red card. I found it really cruel that Zizou could not even come to the podium to collect his medal and wave to the crowds one last time.

To all, I would just say, please don't remember Zizou for that one moment. Remember him for all those other moments in his long career where he has dazzled, entertained, scored and just achieved greatness through his deeds...

I am no France supporter. Infact, I am an Italian supporter through and through. But some part of me identifies with his actions. This is because, a couple of years back, I too have gone through something similar. Not on the same level or stage as Zidane, but a similar incident, nonetheless.

It was the day at Sanskriti 2004 that I won the college debate with my team, won Persona and got ejected after the semi-final win in the Rink Football tournament, coz I lost my head. My team went on to win the finals, but that one moment of madness turned a beautiful day into something not so beautiful. All in one day...

They say that life and sport are great levellers and I have truly believed in that. I was only 19 then and I have since learnt self-control and I don't get angry too easily, but that moment will always stay with me. But I am a nobody. So, it doesn't matter what went by.

My point is: In this day of intense media hype and scrutiny, people will read too much into Zidane's act and come up with sinister motives. I have already heard quotes like: "disgraced the occasion with his madness", "short-fuse", "unpardonable" et al. The newspapers will need to sell and the tv channels will need to keep broadcasting and hence, they will repeat and keep on repeating this act again and again. When the next World Cups come up, there will always be mention of this act of Zindane's, even if no other ones are mentioned.

These are uncharitable to any human being. Leave alone, someone who has achieved greatness through his deeds. Anger is also a human emotion and it is a given that Zidane was provoked into doing what he did. Whatever be the provocation, one might or might not know. But let us know that human beings play the sport, not robots. And let's treat them as such. It is my guess that the provocation might have something to do with Zidane's family. That was my gut feel. Even someone who gets angry easily will never react if you try to attack what doesn't mean something to her/him.

I realize as I am writing all this, that in some way, probably, I am trying to exorcise my ghosts subconsciously by using Zidane's name. Probably yes. Probably no. But when I write: "Zizou, I Understand", I know I mean it absolutely, fully and unequivocally.

But for all those who see a flaw in others, please remember: "We are sometimes human. But we are always human beings."

Walk on Zizou... Whether you are allowed to be great always or not, you are allowed to be human always. God made us that way...

4 comments:

Anshum said...

Call it coincidence or pure instinct.. But I sensed this post coming... Well written ...

Maverick said...

@anshum: ;) call it coincidence or pure instinct...

one of the commentators said yesterday: "great men always live on the edge... and are prone to easily go over to the other side at times... its because of their edginess that they are great and it needs to be controlled which doesnt happen always... but thats the root of their greatness... so, there u have it..." hahahaha.... ;)

jokes apart: last night was like a sudden sense of deja vu, which i hadnt recovered from probably when we had spoken... i mean it was too eerily coincidental in the sending offs... though one for a head butt and one for a verbal butt... hahaha

Hashim said...

Only a true fan can recognise greatness....lets not dwell on what the rest say because its inconsequential....Very well written.

Swapnil Nadkar said...

hi naveen, have left a comment on your IIMs vs. ISB post. please take a look & comment! :)