Archive - June 20, 2010

My Country

Generally speaking I don’t believe in patriotism… anyway of thinking that in its heart believes one group of people to be superior to others doesn’t seem right to me… however…

Right now I am so proud to be from New Zealand. To be from this nation at the bottom of the earth that is punching so far above its weight in the Football (soccer) World Cup. I am proud not because of patriotism but because of simple statistics.

New Zealand has 25 fully paid professional soccer players and yet we manage to draw with Italy, the current world champions. It doesn’t make sense to our logical mind that this could happen, after all there are nearly 4000 fully paid professional soccer players for Italy to choose from.

But the truth is when the whistle blows its eleven men versus eleven men and the statistics go out the window.