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Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage

New Zealand just won the rugby world cup. By one point over France. It's hard to explain to those Americanish people among you what a big deal that is to New Zealand (we last won in 1987, but still kind of think of it as some kind of bizarre national birthright). Right now it's half past eleven in the evening and there are youths driving around honking and shouting "All Blacks" around the city.

I watched the game (I think almost everyone did, I don't even like rugby that much). It was a horrid experience, because you know so much hangs on it. To be honest, part of me didn't want us to win. Because it's overrated and a stupid macho part of our culture and SO MUCH funding gets put into it, instead of, you know, the arts, and hospitals and so on. But now everyone will be happy tomorrow (it's coincidentally a public holiday) rather than depressed. People will be self-congratulatory instead of as usual the endless rounds of recriminations and self-analysis. There won't be a spike in domestic violence tonight, unlike other times when we lost. Our right-wing government will be healthily reelected in November. And so on. UGH. It's a good thing! I felt proud of the team, and as usual a bit meh about being represented by a "fine team of men".

It's better than losing but still better would be if no one cared, or if it were just a sports game, or if people didn't live in fear of how their husbands might react if we lost. If it was just an enjoyment, rather than this national identity weirdness!

There are fireworks in the park now! We had no games here because the stadium was destroyed in the earthquake. But there's a "fanzone" in the park (with the pantless dudes on it as discussed earlier). And the sounds of great celebrations are forthcoming.

I'm a bit bah humbug, but I'm secretly pleased as well. It's hard not to be, in a weird way, even though I really don't care that much. DIFFICULT TO EXPLAIN. Bloody nail-biter of a game, as well. I HATE THAT I CARE!

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lilacsigil
Oct. 23rd, 2011 11:03 am (UTC)
Yay NZ - I'm just glad Australia wasn't in the final at all! I know exactly what you mean about hating that you care.
gretazreta
Oct. 24th, 2011 05:32 am (UTC)
It was pretty exciting. And conflicting! I'm happy for the players though, they did play a good set of games, and are getting lots of deserved praise today!
missyjack
Oct. 23rd, 2011 11:24 am (UTC)
I am from Melbourne. I know not this rugby of which you speak ;)

My city is currently all about the horses!
gretazreta
Oct. 24th, 2011 05:35 am (UTC)
Aha, it's the game when the ball bounces funny and then they all jump on each other. ;-)

Melbourne is my favorite. There must be so many expat NZers there, now, it's like the aspirational city for people from Christchurch who are into the arts. Like Americans head for LA, or something.
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gretazreta
Oct. 24th, 2011 05:27 am (UTC)
All negativity SHOULD be ignored, they did very well, and there's been a sunny kind of holiday today with everyone happy.
I loved seeing Ritchie McCaw afterwards, looking so shagged. Talk about the weight of the expectations of four million people on his shoulders!

:-)
jolietjones
Oct. 23rd, 2011 01:01 pm (UTC)
Lol, you are conflicted y/y? I hear you, I do and I'm so happy for the team - can you imagine the pressure they were under. The Captn looked like he was going to drop dead at the end. And as you say, women everywhere in NZ will breathe a sigh of relief.

gretazreta
Oct. 24th, 2011 05:28 am (UTC)
Ritchie McCaw is such a NZ kind of hero, he DID look tired, didn't he? He had a sore foot through the whole thing, apparently. Hell of a nice guy as well.

I could have probably kicked the Prime Minister in the nuts though. But that's just me!
amberdreams
Oct. 23rd, 2011 01:17 pm (UTC)
I didn't watch in the end, I'm surprised it went down to the wire like that - those Frenchies must be the jammiest team ever (except they didn't quite manage to win). I was secretly supporting Wales because they sing the best - I'd have loved to have gone to the Millennium stadium for the semi final - I mean, they had c68k people in there to watch a big screen, a bigger crowd than at the actual match!
Your nation needs to diversify its sports though, hanging everything onto Rugby Union is a bit crazycakes (though maybe not as crazy as cupcakes with little beating hearts in them...?)
Still, it is nice that a whole nation will be happy tomorrow, the whole of France would barely have noticed if they'd won.
gretazreta
Oct. 24th, 2011 05:30 am (UTC)
Crazycakes with little beating hearts FTW. It may be some days before I can eat cupcakes, after that. EW EW EW.
It was an AGONIZING game. But they hung on. I'm feeling a little bit more happy about it today, but it was a happy holiday!
scarletscarlet
Oct. 23rd, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
Well, that's nice. I was wondering who'd won. Talking to a friend about it yesterday and we both came down on the side of "don't personally care, know lots of people will be happy so essentially hoping for an All Blacks win" and yeah, the domestic violence topic came up in that conversation as well. A win seems like a relief to that worry, though the drunken celebrations probably still lead to some anyway. Either way, I had plans to line up a donation to Women's Refuge today, so that's still gonna happen.

I remember friends wearing black arm bands etc when France beat the ABs back in the early 2000s. Kinda strange the things that make people mourn when other stuff (like, say, a disaster with actual death) doesn't. Monkeysphere issues, I s'pose.

IDK. I don't so much care as I care that people care. Maybe we can all get back to the election now :).
gretazreta
Oct. 24th, 2011 05:32 am (UTC)
Man, I could have punched John Key in the face, being all smarmy at the awards ceremony. Actually if I saw him today, I'd still punch him. Rugby makes no nevermind on that instance.

:-)
_slytherin_girl
Nov. 8th, 2011 06:04 am (UTC)
So, I'm behind on LJ, but I wanted to comment on this because I know EXACTLY what you mean. For Canadians, it's hockey. I could care less about hockey. But when we were in the Olympic gold medal match against the U.S.? And won? Yeah, exact same thing. It's this weirdo 'Hockey is Canada's game!' crap and even though I didn't want to care, I was also secretly happy we won.
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