I was watching the presentation ceremony at the conclusion of the World Cup Hockey match between Argentina and New Zealand.
First up was the winner of the Man of Steel – best defender. After the Argentinian answers typical questions – in English, of course – the presenter specifically requests him to say a few words in Spanish for their fans. Porcupyn’s score: Indian award presenter 1, Dick Enberg 0. [Another thing I noted, the cheque was presented but the amount was also not loudly announced. My point being that the matter of importance is that the dude won the award, how much he got for it is – for the moment – moot]
Next up was the Argentine goalkeeper for the Man of the Match for a match-saving performance (Argentina won 1-0). He is asked whether the team is ready for their last pool match (vs lowly, in field hockey ;-), Canada) – ‘How many goals are you planning to score?’ To his great credit, the goalkeeper dodges the question and says ‘We are looking to win this game’ Porcupyn’s score: Argentinian team 1, Pakistan/Indian teams 0 [teams from the subcontinent are, more often than not, guilty of underestimating their opposition; case in point Pakistan’s loss to South Africa yesterday!]