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