Now that the smoke has cleared and the champagne has temporarily stopped flowing in Rome we can look back at the last 2 unanswered questions. Who won the GoldenBall as the top player (voted on by international journalists) and what in name of Geniuses made Zizou headbutt Matta?
Well the Golden Ball was won by the headbutter....weird how everything revolves around him. He narrowly edged Cannavaro (the deserved winner) and Pirlo was third. You can check out the actual vote tallies here. The other award winners are listed here.
Now onto the exciting shenanigans...according to the SOS, an Anti-Racism organization based out of France (great PR dept.),.....drum-roll please.....Matta called Zizou a 'Dirty Terrorist'. Now here are my points - keep in mind I have NO IDEA what was said.
- The smack talking was very non emotional...when saying something vile, you usually have some pretty good animation in your face to go along with the venom....Matta was pretty non-chalant.
- Do you really say something that racist/evil to Jordan, Ali, or Tiger Woods in their prime? How does that even cross your mind?
- This whole scenario then is inherently saying Matta is smarter than Zizou...can that be?
On a funny side note my buddy AC dropped me this note regarding this whole crazy affair. About the difference in international sporting diplomacy...
The reason that soccer players/European jocks are wussies
- your teammate gets in an argument with some dude, and
then next thing you know he gets a giant headbutt is lying
on the ground in pain. If that happens on any playing field
in the US, from HS through pros, then Z is in danger of
having a teammate of the dude on the ground rip his head
from his body. But in soccer, all the players start running
around with their hands in the air, clucking like chickens
and pecking at the ref. Not one dude from Italy so much as
even threatened Z or challenged him in any way for crushing
their teammate. I just don't understand that. World cup or
no - I don't care. If Josh Howard headbutts freakin James
Posey with 3 seconds left in game 7 of the NBA finals,
there would be a fight. No questions asked. Or do you
think Shaq and Haslem would have just run over to
Joey Crawford and start clucking away instead?
Not a feathery touch with the sporting comparison, but an interesting point nonetheless.
One other item from a friend, actually before the final. As I was blindly rooting for Italy, he picked France. As we were finalizing our stakes, here were his last words about France's chances:
'I will let zidane's actions speak. Drinks on the loser?'
Unfortunately we can't make Zizou pay for the drinks G, but his actions certainly spoke volumes, fateful words indeed.