July 8, 2010

Soccer Mom - Not

Last night Ralf went to watch the big Spain-Germany game at a friend's house while I stayed home and watched Glee. He came home later looking pretty low.

Now let me just mention here that I haven't been following the World Cup at all. During the first week I had to keep asking which tournament it was again so Ralf took to sprinkling his public comments about the world cup with verbal cues for me so I wouldn't embarass him.

Eventually it sunk in. World Cup: check. Germany playing: check. German flags on cars everywhere: related to World Cup.

Generally speaking, I've been very supportive, even when Ralf watched some big game last Saturday instead of picking me up at the airport. And I bought trading cards for our daughters, who can name all the team captains.

Anyway, professional sports aren't really my thing but I wanted Germany to win. I mean, it's nice to see the Germans excited about something. Plus I like black uniforms.

So, as I was saying, Ralf came in looking pretty bummed and I'm very caring and empathic so I paused Glee and asked him who won.

Ralf (curtly): Spain.

Me: Well, they're nice. Who lost?

Ralf (in disgust): You're kidding, right?

Me: Um... Germany? Wait - does this mean Germany doesn't get to play in the final game?

No answer, just a head shake.

Me: Do you want to talk about it?

Ralf (struggling to find to find the right words): Not with you!

Me: What? I'm trying to be supportive.

Ralf (heading up the stairs): Don't try.

Me: You could have married a German, you know! Or a MAN!!

Ralf (morosely): I know. Good night.


  1. Football is not a matter of life and death - it's much more serious than that. ;-)

  2. I'm with Ralf on this one.... ;p

  3. Poor Ralf. There's always next year. I'm sure you'll be just as supportive then. :)

  4. Haha, this made me laugh. I totally will use the marry a man argument next time, with Adam.

  5. You have committed fatal flaws and you must repair your relationship with Ralf. What about an autographed photo of the player than contributed most to the loss?


  6. "Not with you!" hee!

    I hope Ralf has recovered.

  7. I'm not sure how I feel about the concept of "excited Germans."

  8. So, I am lucky Corey has no idea (like you and I) either?

  9. I take it Germany did not have made it to the finals, then?!?
    You should see me during Superbowl Sunday -- anything but having to sit in front of a TV watching the BIG GAME. I'd rather scrub the bathroom than feign interest in football, or soccer, for that matter (and I'm not much of a Hausfrau!)
    I think it's in the genes. When I was growing up in Germany, my dad would take us kids on bicycle trips when there was a big soccer game on: the streets were nearly devoid of traffic and thus much safer with everybody inside watching TV!
    Our neighbors and friends thought we were a very odd family indeed...

  10. I'm waiting to see how long it takes the car-flags and side-mirror covers to disappear...

  11. Better yet, he could have married a German man.

  12. Well my sympathy with Ralf.It was sad to see the Germans lose the match the way they did against Spain.Well, i hope they put up a better show next time.Having said that,we will have a new winner this time.

  13. I actually love fussball, while finding football and baseball unbearably boring. Probably because I played it in school and understand it. I only wish that the US feeds were decent: in the US only Univision follows the action properly.
    When thinking about moving to Munchen (again) the possibility of seein games live is quite tantalizing:).

  14. Actually, he couldn't marry a man. IN Germany, he could have a civil union, which works for football purposes.

  15. Hey G hope to finally see you in Munich one of these days. And thanks for that clarification, Headbang8!

  16. arrrr... 'There's always next year.' the world cup is every 4 years ...

  17. Not to worry!There is always next year,this support is for Ralf. But you always be supportive to Ralf whenever there is any problem...

  18. Please don't lose hope. I can imagine how low Ralf could have been after Germany lost. It tends to happen so with most of the sports lovers when their favorite team loses. So this time you have to lead by giving maximum support to Ralf to make him normal. Best of luck.


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