Owgee Speaks: Is #Holland’s 3rd Place Better Than #Argentina’s 2nd Place?

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tumblr_n8o9qjyIw81s3vfuto1_500I caught the last few seconds of the Final World Cup match between Germany and Argentina. Amidst the many noisy conversations, most of which Messi’s name dominated, I managed to hear a girl say, “Why are they so sad now? They came second!” when the camera focused on a sobbing Argentine player.

As I walked back to my room, I could not stop thinking about what she had said. These Argentinians should be happy they made it to the final; after-all, big teams like Spain and England fell out in the knock-out stages of the tournament, I thought.

Suddenly, I could relate. This must be how it feels when someone makes a 4.45 or a 3.4 to graduate with a second class upper or second class lower from university. In case you are not familiar with the system, an extra 0.05 or 0.1 would push one into first class or second class upper respectively.

Just the other day, some course-mates and I had discussed school, exams, final results, life after school, etc. “Abeg o! I prefer to get 3.5 to 4.4 o! All na still second class upper, one of us had said. Looking back now, I totally understand what he meant.

Most of us want to get to the final and win the cup. Many people are not interested in getting to the final only to come second place. Sometimes, coming sixth seems even better than coming second. The common scenario where one comes second place in class and takes the report card to the parents only to be told, “Does the person who came first have two heads?” also comes to mind.

When last semester’s results came out, I found out I had scored a B in one of my courses. I was quite disappointed because I had expected better but believe me, when I saw the raw scores, I was even more disappointed. The B was a 69! Just 1 mark away from an A… and the course was a 3-unit course! I was so sad, I had actually told my friend, Funmi that I would have preferred a 65 to the 69… That would have been less hurtful.

Anyway, thank God the World Cup is finally over, the better team won and life can go on. Better luck in 2018, Argentina.

Have you ever come so close to a mark and wished you had not? Share your experiences!

~Corn and pear.

Owgee speaks at owgee.wordpress.com

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16 comments on “Owgee Speaks: Is #Holland’s 3rd Place Better Than #Argentina’s 2nd Place?

  1. I feel you so much owgee, second-class na second class O.
    There is no first class upper. It is really painful missing the mark
    just by a hair length. I once had an unexpected Score back in school it was really painful. I expected nothing less than an A, I got a C. In fact the C was aggregate, until I saw the overall result that I knew I was privileged. Life must go on….

  2. I feel you so much owgee, second-class na second class O.
    There is no first class upper. It is really painful missing the mark
    just by a hair length. I once had an unexpected Score back in school it was really painful. I expected nothing less than an A, I got a C. In fact the C was aggregate, until I saw the overall result that I knew I was privileged. Life must go on…. We should not be defined by our results. If it’s good, we should try to best our personal bests. If otherwise, we should try to be better.

  3. bobby on said:

    Nice one owgee. I think dats what made me go through pharmacy, d knowledge that after best graduating student all of us na second.

  4. M. Tahir Hassan on said:

    Nice write up. It reminds me of the 2014 World Cup campaign by adidas which says “allinornothing which simply says that playing in the World Cup will put you under huge pressure and requires great commitment so you must give your all to stand a chance. To some individuals or teams, it is 1st or nothing and this explains why some of the Argentines could not stop the flood of tears.
    When I was in primary school, I cried bitterly the few times I came second at the end of the term. I got into secondary school and I also cried when I saw my 1st result and I wasn’t among the best 3 but what happened after? I never bothered again. I just read to pass and did not worry myself over 1st, 2nd or 3rd. That was my own target and so was never disappointed because by the Grace of God I passed without being among the best 3.

    Last year, I got called for a job I have been dreaming of for a long time. I came first in the written test but missed out on the job because of my inability to respond properly to a question I was asked during the interview. Missing out on that job gave me a bleeding heart. It took me a while to recover. TI prepared to emerge top but I couldn’t and so I was angry.

    In summary, I feel the pain you feel on missing out (narrowly or not) on 1st position has more do to with your expectation. Some will be glad finishing second and will see 1st place as a bonus while to others, only the best is good enough for them.

  5. Kels on said:

    I totally agree. 3rd place could be better than 2nd at the World Cup. Then again, 4th place is the worst ever.

  6. John on said:

    Lol.. No be lie sha, I’d rather get a 2.5 than get a 3.49, na still d same tin.. A frnd of mine graduated wit a 3.34 nd decided 2spill nd come bck 2make sumtin higher than a 3.5.. Na so e be, ‘NEARLY’ naim dey pain pass..lolz

  7. Austin on said:

    Nice one Owgee. I enjoyed the read.

    I think though that coming 2nd is always better than third, especially considering in this instance that Argentina beat The Netherlands to make the final. As for the CGPA part, the higher is always better. It’s your best effort anyway.

    I felt bad for Messi. I would have felt worse for Schweinsteiger if the Germans lost it.

    You write well.

  8. I totally relate with this! I remember when I was being interviewed for my current job a few years ago, my Boss then asked me “How come you didn’t graduate with a 2:1”? I felt terrible initially since my CGPA was pretty close to a 2nd Class Upper grade, but didnt “do the needful” to upgrade my scores when I had the chance. I let him know that they were interested hiring me for the job not becaues of my CGPA, but because of the value, skill, experience and results that they want to get and believe they will get from me.

    I got the job eventually though, but that comment still stays ingrained in my subconscious till date.
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  9. Chuba on said:

    Spot on Owgee. You’re line of thoughts are always interesting. You could pass for some world class football pundit with this manner of analysis. This football pundit has got something extra though, she writes well, very well.

    Then when my favorite club – Arsenal – would be on the verge of losing 1-0, I’d wish they conceded more. I felt it was better to lose by more goals than just one. It was always more painful especially when you begin to think they were very close to getting a point out of the game but for the lone goal conceded.

    Argentina must have felt really bad, it’s always harder to recover from when you lose out in a final, especially in the manner in which they did -1nil.

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