Hold your head high Mexico

By CHRIS ZIEMER

(Editor’s note: Chris Ziemer, Sonoma Academy athletic director and head girls soccer coach, is blogging for The Press Democrat at the World Cup in South Africa).

Durban, South Africa –

A note to today’s teams…

Mexico – take pride in being the best team that has been eliminated thus far.  Unlike England, you did impress everyone here until the end.  Had you not faced Argentina, you might still be playing, but even with a questionable goal, they were still the better team.  

Germany – I’m sorry I doubted you.  I came to my senses in the end, but you showed England what a World Cup performance is like.  I will have to think long and hard about your matchup with Argentina.

England – Any questions?  Hold on to your excuses because it wouldn’t have made a difference.  Well, at the time it would have, but even at 2-2 it was to be  the Germans day and they were the far better team.  At least you can hold on to winning your group … oh, sorry, the U.S. did.  Well, then hold onto your convincing performances which led many folks, especially those based in England, calling this a team capable of competing for the title.  That’s right, there weren’t any convincing performances.  Well, hold on to your passports as you make your way home as nobody in South Africa is sad to see you knocked out, as your overpaid mega-stars failed to perform or inspire.

Argentina – Apparently, life in Diegoville with BBQs, beer and your WAGS is working.  The spirit you bring to the Cup is refreshing.  You better eat well before the next game as Germany will be ready to show the England game wasn’t a fluke, although England clearly was a fluke.

Televised soccer will never be the same…

Tonight, I watched the Argentina vs. Mexico game in Sony 3D at a movie theater with approximately 450 other fans.  Apparently, I am the only one in the U.S. who didn’t see Avatar, so my 3D experience has been limited.  I should disclose that while in South Africa, I am working with SportsMark, who services many of FIFA’s partners and sponsors, including Sony. I went to the game by myself (my wife chose to watch it in the hotel), and I paid approximately $15 for my ticket.

I had no idea what to expect and I felt like I jumped in Messi’s backpocket and played in the game.  The action was so real that at times I felt like the ball would hit me or Marquez was going to tackle me.  A few times balloons were sent toward the camera and several people reached up to try to catch them.  It didn’t hurt that the theater had the most comfortable seats, and I was both relaxed and on the edge of my seat. 

The only downside is that there seemed to be fewer camera angles presented, but that will change.  I know some big games have been shown in Sony 3D before, but this is clearly the wave of the future.  My prediction is if they can find a way to make it less expensive, it won’t be long before 3D glasses are as common as the remote control.

Who are you rooting for?

I was informed today that our tickets for the Netherlands vs. Slovakia game are being delivered to me by Miss Slovakia.  Hopefully, she will still deliver them when I tell her my wife and I are rooting for the Dutch.