But this is a country where coming second is good enough.
Poland just lost to German in the World Handball Championships Final in Cologne, 29 – 24. They played well in the tournament, but their defense was weak this time, and the Germans used the home advantage well.
The headline on sport.pl is ‘Bronze in 1982, Silver in 2007, Gold…? Referring to the fact that maybe they will win a gold medal next time, in the 2009 championships, or maybe even at the next Olympics.
That’s a very Polish attitude. Everyone is saying that ‘second is the best Poles have ever done, in (the relatively obscure sport of) handball. So that’s great, isn’t it?’
Coming second for Poles is good enough. I am British and we have been ‘blessed’ with the amateurish attitude that ‘as long as we play well, that’s good enough’.
Consequently, the only thing we are consistently good at is...er...darts!
I prefer the American attitude: coming second is coming nowhere.
Poles lost in the handball final: period.
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Posted by beatroot at 2/04/2007