I got home after I watched Bahrain's best and finest footballers grass-roll and fake injury thier way out of some get-together footballers have every four years. I am writing and behind me on TV switzerland and Turkey are fighting with every tissue of muscle to knock each other out. Switzerland came in with a 2 nil lead. They got in and scored another... but did the Turks hang their boots already? They were mentally prepared to get back in there... and surprise surprise they tied 3 - 3 at the hour mark! It doesn't matter if they do qualify or not... at least they gave this day what it deserved.
How about we compare that to us? Basically, fans, players, politicians, and everyone were divided in two halves. The first half was so sure we were going to qualify and prepared for the celebrations days before the game (and I was part of that), and the other half was preparing to lose. They voiced subdeud low self esteem before the game, and sure enough, our boys put on red shirts and rear-guarded their penalty box like a 2 foot wall in front of a 9 foot tsunami!
Now, to the people that are supposed to manage the team. Did you ever entertain the posibility of T&T scoring one goal throughout your trip from the carribian to the gulf? Certainly a possibility when their forward got a golden boot award after he won the champions league in 1999! Its not fair to get off on them hard from my side, because we were all along until we got here.. its just a shame we got this close.
Now let me change this sour subject into something else I wanted to blog about when I was wondering which in-road to take to watch the "after-qualification-celebrations." Before the game started, I could swear I saw advertisements on the sports channel for 2 new newspapers and 4 different colleges. In a decent society, colleges and newspapers are the most intellectual institutions harboring the elite, and producing mind and management. Introducing a publication is fine, but whats up with these double door universities? Do they actually certify doctors and bankers and lawyers? Do they fail weak students? I mean you ran an ad on TV and I signed up for class.. the customer is always right..so if I answered Shakespear died in World War 2, by God he died in WW2! Now print out my certificate!
Does anyone see the implications of allowing these classrooms-on-wheels taking in University of Bahrain rejects and telling them "its ok to cry.." ? I guess this gets back to my original point.. we are not preparing the coming generations to take on the world. We are cutting corners, blinded by the all mighty dinar. Rather than license the dozen universities we have, why don't we do it right the first time? Pool in all those resources, fund a proper research programs in all kinds of discipline, and cough up a proper budget to bring in top school professors, and a little shed of self-respect of admitting the competent rather than the wealthy? I would hate to get gray and old, rolled into an operation room, and the doctor's certificate looks like it was faxed to him!
PS: Turkey just lost the tie.