Sunday, October 19, 2008
Yes, Liverpool came back. Yes, Valencia's two yellows were not exactly Rob Styles territory in terms of refereeing. But Wigan let everyone know Anfield is no fortress.
But a word or two for Zaki. First of all, the goals. Magic. Second of all, the positioning. How often have we seen a normally composed defender bauble a pass from the keeper? Yet few other strikers would have pounced on it with such authority, or finish with such good graces.
I knew a Zaki, in my first year of university. He was my roomate for a time, a Pakistani national on his way to completing a degree in management after an ill-advised turn in engineering. We would walk home together, and he would always suggest the fastest route. "Take the hypoteneuse," he'd say, usually when presented with a park or a parking lot.
Here's to Zaki, willing to take the hypotenuse to goal while others rely on the killer pass or the pin-point cross.