MICE THAT ROAR
June 23, 2010 5 Comments
I have to be the first to admit that I had no idea that New Zealand actually had a National Football (soccer to me) team called the “All Whites”, nor that they had actually qualified for the World Cup in South Africa.
When a friend told me these facts, I suggested to him that he must be kidding, and that he should go and check his facts.
Victoria and I decided that we couldn’t bear to watch their first game against Slovakia, as it was sure to be a bit of a slaughter, and we couldn’t bear to watch a NZ National Team getting beaten so badly. As you can imagine, being All Black Rugby fans, we have gotten used to NZ Football Teams giving a decent account of themselves, even if they do seem intent on embarrassing us every four years at the Rugby World Cup.
We were amazed, but delighted and proud, to learn that they had actually drawn 1-1 with Slovakia.
We decided that we would actually watch their game against Italy despite the fact that together with the rest of the world, we believed that this would be a humiliating defeat by the reigning World Champions.
When the “All Whites” took the lead in the first half we just couldn’t believe it. Our screams and gyrations were so violent that all our dogs ran whimpering from the room. To then hold Italy to a 1-1 draw was an incredibly awe inspiring performance.
It reinforced the fact that in the right circumstance, with the right attitude and commitment, even Mice can Roar.