Had it not been for Nils Petersen scoring that goal this post probably would have gone a very different way. It most likely would have ended up being some kind of rant about other people and eye contact and just what the big deal is with all that. But I’m not ranting today, not about this and not about any of the other things which have made me angry lately. Because I’m not allowing them to get to me, I don’t want to ruin the good mood I’m currently in and so I’m not. I can’t remember where I read it or who they were quoting but there was something I read online the other day which fits perfectly. From what I can remember it was about if the recipient of a gift doesn’t want it then who does it belong to. And if someone else is angry then their anger is an unwanted gift. You don’t have to accept it. So I’m not. There’s plenty reason to be angry, encountering such ignorance about autism and disability in general is infuriating, all the more so when it comes from professionals. But as infuriating as such ignorance is it’s not surprising which is a depressing thought in itself, that it’s like you don’t expect anything better from such people.
When I get upset or angry about something I’m generally not very good at letting go, at setting it aside and getting on with the rest of the day. I have however managed to do that not just today but for the past several days. I haven’t miraculously gotten better at it. I’m not sure what the reason is just yet. There’s two possible contenders, both of them are connected but somehow the opposite of each other. The first possible reason is what I’ve termed my “Anger book.” It’s something new I’m trying out. I read about it a while ago in a book about autism. The point is that if something’s bothering you then you write it down and then it’s done, it’s finished. So you get to rant but you’re not allowed to obsess over it. The other reason is at the beginning of the week there was no-one to rant to. I wonder if rather than getting it all out maybe ranting just gets me more worked up. Maybe writing it down is the better option, a calmer way of doing so.
I don’t know what the answer is and right now I’m not trying to work it out. Today’s prompt is a very timely one, not only will I be feasting my eyes upon the first round of the DFB Pokal this weekend but also the final at the Olympics between Germany and Brazil. The match that’s the re-match of the historic 7-1 semi-final two summers ago. I never thought I’d get to see Nils Petersen in a German shirt, that by itself was a gift. But getting to see him score the goal that confirmed Germany’s appearance in that final, well that’s something else all together. Knowing that he did so as a Freiburg player, that at the least he will be going back to Freiburg with an Olympic silver medal. Tonight’s events are Petersen themed too because Bayern are drawn with Carl Zeiss Jena, so two former teams of his going head to head. Freiburg on the other hand will be taking another trip to Berlin on Saturday, which I have to admit is extremely ironic in light of recent events. They play SV Babelsberg, interesting connection there and some random trivia. Babelsberg is of course home to the famous film studio and my favourite film of all time Inglorious Basterds was filmed there.
Life’s not perfect, far from it but there’s plenty of things to be happy about. And for once I don’t have to look too hard to see them. I can’t fix everything and I don’t have any of the answers I’m looking for right now. Just now that doesn’t matter, I’ve got matches to watch, stories to write, stickers to collect and books to read. The season’s close to starting again and all the pieces are falling back into place. And with additions like these to my collection I’ve got little to complain about:
I’ve kept putting off writing anything lately, I just haven’t really felt like it. I couldn’t miss putting a post together for last night’s game however, it’s not every night you get to see Nils Petersen in a German shirt. Germany needed everything to go right last night, beating Fiji was never in doubt but they had to do that and score a boatload of goals in the process. As it turns out they did that and the result of the other game went their way too with Mexico losing 1-0 to South Korea. It was a very fitting location for the game that’s for sure, the Belo Horizonte stadium having played host to another high scoring game two summers ago, Germany’s historic 7-1 destroying of Brazil on their way to the World Cup final. There was one person in the squad for whom the Belo Horizonte will be very familiar territory indeed, the person in question having been a part of the German squad on that day. Though of course Matthias Ginter didn’t play in that game or any of Germany’s World Cup games in fact, he didn’t play tonight either. So I’ve only got the one picture of him, and it’ll be separate from all of Petersen’s pictures. This is Nils’ day and his alone, hence why Matze’s name isn’t in the title either. He’ll get more chances to play for Germany but Nils most likely won’t, so he should at least get the title to himself.
Germany needed to score a lot of goals and they did just that with Nils Petersen getting five of them. It would have been just that little bit more perfect had last night been his first game in a German shirt. Becuase on his Freiburg debut he got a hattrick against Eintracht Frankfurt. And on his official Freiburg debut (because he was on loan the previous season from Bremen) against 1.FC Nürnberg he also got a hattrick and scored a penalty, actually he scored three goals in about five minutes. To get back to tonight all of them were fairly typical Petersen goals, he’s not particularly overcomplicated when it comes to scoring. He’s pretty simple really, you need a goal and he gets it. That’s to say that none of them were impressive though, the fifth one in particular I liked, the looping head over the keeper. I’d be hard pressed to pick a favourite but I’d probably pick that one.
They should have let him take the first penalty, he’s an excellent penalty taker and hardly ever misses. I think I remember him missing one last year, but he’s usually pretty reliable on that count. It doesn’t matter, he scored the second. It’s been a difficult week but seeing Petersen score all those goals has certainly put me in a better mood. I know what people will say, it’s only Fiji, it’s not the A team and it’s not the same standard as the other international tournaments but I don’t care. I got to see Nils Petersen wearing the German shirt and scoring goals, something I didn’t think I’d ever get to see. It makes it even more perfect that I chose his name to be printed on the back of my Freiburg away shirt, because it’s white just like the German one. On the subject of perfection there is one final fact I have to mention. In the crowd at the game was a boy wearing a German shirt who had a sign saying “1-7 – one more time.” I found that funny and even more so now, he got his wish. But tonight was better for three reasons, Nils Petersen was there, they scored three more goals and even better they conceded none.
This is a picture I won’t get sick of for a while: