June 13, 2010
Though the jokes, harsh tabloid headlines, and misspelled comments on YouTube keep coming, England goalkeeper Rob Green was immediately over his mistake that allowed the U.S. to take a 1-1 draw from what turned out to be a friendly competition between the favorites of Group C. Because he is 30. And he is a man.
Says Green via the Guardian:
"It is regrettable and not what you want to happen but that's life and you move on. You hold your head up high and get to work in training. It won't affect me psychologically. I'm 30, I'm a man, and you have hardships in life and prepare for them."
So have your chuckles about how "it's not easy being Green" and call it the "Hand of Clod" if you like, but Green isn't bothered. He told BBC Radio:
"Dempsey hit one and it's one I should have saved. Full stop.
"It's very disappointing, but it's happened.
"The most important thing is not to let it affect myself.
"I had 50-odd minutes to play in the game [after that] and represent my country and I did that I didn't let if affect me mentally.
"I didn't let it affect my performance. It's about mental strength and worse things have happened to people."
Impressive resolve. And he's right. Think of the people who have actual hardships and wish their biggest problem in life was goofing up in football match and how Green's error really shouldn't impact England's chances at advancing to the knockout stage. After you finish redubbing the Kermit song with humorous lyrics about Green's mistake, of course.
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