These are crazy days. Crazy in a good way. Crazy wonderful, crazy beautiful, crazy magical.
Like the long summers of the 70s where every day seemed to be involve playing outside, swimming wherever we could, and life seemed very simple indeed.
Yet, as well as this gorgeous weather, we’ve got something more this summer, something both surprising and exciting.
At the time of writing this, England are performing well at the FIFA World Cup, and Germany are out, having finished last in their group and being knocked out by South Korea.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love the Germans, some of the best people I’ve met on my travels were German, but this is football, and there’s no denying they have been our nemesis for a long, long time, so to see them go out of the World Cup was, if nothing else, a bit of a relief as well as a shock.
Of course, I initially put this down to the full moon that night. Weird stuff happens on a full moon, that’s where the word lunatic comes from. It makes sense if you think about it – the human body is around 60% water, and just look at the effect that the moon has on water, and it’s obvious it’s going to have an impact on us.
Much as I’d love to argue the point now that Germany went out of the World Cup because of the incredible Strawberry Moon , I think there’s a much simple answer.
At that level of football, or any sport for that matter, one of the critical success factors for a team is “attitude”.
Currently the top goalscorer in the World Cup is our very own golden boy Harry Kane, and here’s what he has to say on the matter:
“To achieve what you want to in life you have to believe”.
I can’t help but think this attitude has been passed down from Gareth Southgate, my new hero. He’s created a culture of positivity, belief and team spirit and it’s showing on the pitch.
In contrast, there’s definately something afoot in the Germany camp, and whatever is going on, it’s clearly not conducive to good performance.
Look at the attitude of Neuer, the German keeper who thought he’d be able to do a better job that his own teammates in midfield, and as a result, was responsible for Germany’s ultimate humiliation in that second goal.
Let’s compare that to the heroics of the South Korean keeper, who maintained his position as the safe pair of hands and gave his team the confidence to send out the reigning champions.
It was unbelievable. Maybe not full moon madness, just a case of teamwork making the dream work. Attitude counts for so much, in sport as in life, and when you’ve got a team with the same attitude, supporting each other, things just flow.