Thursday, December 8, 2011

Bad Romance

I've spent the last two hours pretending to read cases for class tomorrow. I have two papers to submit in 8 days. Not ITL and CPC. Juris and Evidence. There are internship mails to send out, tickets to book and a room to clean.

I promised myself I would get some work done tonight. But anticipation is a bitchy mistress. And the practice game tonight only stoked her fire. A man who once said, "Football, bloody hell" one night some 12 years ago, is, at this moment, on a touchline in Basel, staring at the prospect of crashing out of that very tournament he memorably won that night in Barcelona, ensuring that a boy of eight fell a little bit in love for the first time.

I may have fallen out of love with him and his team. But in times like this, I know I will not fall out of love with the game. Today, standing on the steps that lead to the court, when I saw Sidhant dispossess an opponent, and make a darting run down the right flank, the world seemed to make perfect sense. Everything else pales into insignificance.

I'm wide awake now, so I know I'm dreaming. Of glory, guts, gumption. Nothing will ever be ours. But what makes life beautiful is the hope that everything will.

6 comments:

Sush said...

I wish I had that faith. But, somehow, exquisite hurt from heartbreak? It only serves to draw you in. I stayed after Benfica 2005 and I'm staying now. A love that will not alter, it seems. :( :)

Vivek said...

Think of it as a lovers spat. It might soon be forgotten, maybe a response in the weekend and City slip up (I hope), or an exciting purchase in the January transfer window...

On another note, I just finished reading Scholesy's autobiography. A few youtube videos of his exquisite passing is just what the doctor ordered at times like this.

Moares said...

@Sushers: I know you'll hang in there.

@Vivekanna: Increasingly, I seem to be finding solace in the little prizes. The Premier Football Leagues (5 a side, under lights, basketball court), the Spiritus' (inter-college sports fest hosted by college), and inter-batch tournaments. It's a beautiful, beautiful game.

Piper said...

Into the Semis for the third year in a row, I am told, Sir? Is this the moment at last?

Moares said...

@Piper: 3 wins in 3 as of now. But we all know what happened last year :)

deepblueskiesanddarkbrowneyes said...

I loved the end. It made so much sense, especially with respect to footy, take that from an Arsenal fan.

Also, why watch Scholes' passing when you can watch his volleys?

Keep writing, man! Cheers.