June 30th, 2008

breaking bad

Euro 08 Final: Spain vs Germany

An excellent match, and the better team won. The whole Spanish team, but in particular Torres I thought, gave it their full heart. I love to see that. Torres just kept running and running. He's terrifically fast, like Michael Owen used to be. His goal was very courageous. Whereas the German side really got on my nerves.

Before this tournament I didn't think I'd enjoy it, but it has been brilliant entertainment (with one or two dull matches). I think possibly the best team won.

I often do the ironing while I watch telly. It's no problem during dramas, which obviously follow some sort of rhythm which I subconsciously understand, because you just know when to look up, when it's safe to look away. But I tried that for the first 7 minutes last night and it just didn't work. Football doesn't follow a predictable rhythm, but sets it's own structure as it goes, you have to watch it in a different way.

The other thing I find is that football brings back that feeling I was talking about last week, that we live in this narrow band, with the future utterly non-existent. That's because in normal life, things are fairly predictable, so your model of the world includes a model of the future which is almost always pretty accurate, but in football that model is sometimes suddenly overthrown, so you are aware of how unreal the model is.