Monday, July 10, 2006


In extra time of last night’s World Cup final, before countless watching millions, Zinedine Zidane, a reserved and inoffensive man off the pitch but with unsurpassed creative energy on the pitch, walked resolutely up to Marco Materazzi, one of the Italian defenders who had been cramping his style for the past 100 minutes, and dropped his nut squarely on the Italian’s sternum. WOW!

Namby-pamby football commentators and pundits wrang their hands.

Of course, if playing to the rules is foremost, what Zizu did was bad. If causing your team to win is foremost, what Zizu did was bad. If the principle of non-violence is foremost, what Zizu did was bad.

But as a manifestation of pent-up energy spontaneously releasing... WOW!

Setting aside good and bad, it was certainly the most memorable moment of the match.

Goodbye Zizu. And thank you.


Anonymous shundo david said...

Thank you for this one Mike. I have looked at your blog a few times this year, on furlough from Tassajara, and this one chimed completely with my feelings.
I look forward to getting to read some more some time, and perhaps to get to meet you back in the UK, where I am from

Monday, September 18, 2006  
Blogger Mike Cross said...

Hi David, Good to hear such an echo coming back. Itis one of those Zen paradoxes, I think, that in order to get ourselves going in the right direction, we have to get beyond right and wrong. It is a koan that Zidane solved in spectacular fashion. You are welcome to visit us here when you get back to the UK.

Monday, September 18, 2006  

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