A Country of 1.2 Billion Just Lost a Soccer Match to a Tiny Island Ranked 174th in the World

TIME

India, a cricket-obsessed nation, is not really known for its soccer prowess. Ranked 141st in the global FIFA rankings, the South Asian nation of 1.2 billion is commonly known as one of the sport’s “sleeping giants.”

The giant stayed asleep on Tuesday, as the Indian team slumped to a 2-1 defeat against the tiny Pacific island of Guam — a U.S. territory ranked 33 spots below it at 174 and with less than 200,000 people — in a World Cup qualifier.

It was Guam’s second consecutive win after beating Turkmenistan 1-0 and it puts them at the top of their qualifying group, CNN reports.

India, on the other hand, were dealt their second consecutive defeat after losing 2-1 to Oman at home last week and face an uphill battle for qualification.

“We are disappointed,” Indian football coach Stephen Constantine said after the match. “Today the difference was very much visible…

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Black sandy shores

Black sandy shores Philippines, circa September 2012.   When I took this photo more than ten months ago, I found myself in my usual reflective mood.  I usually find myself that way when I’m by the ocean.  I was a few days away from starting my dream job and this trip was yet another reminder that I had to re-prioritize.  It didn’t matter that I was frustrated with the way things were turning out for me just a few weeks ago.  All that mattered was what ahead–mysterious and unknown– and that was okay.  Everything that went wrong  before was washed by the waves, carried away, and life was made new again.

 

“I said, I prefer the ocean when it’s gray. Or not really gray. A pale, in-between color. It reminds me of waiting for something good to happen.” ― Lauren OliverDelirium

Setting out for jealousy and finding humility.

 

Retelling freedom.  A plaque from the War in the Pacific Park.  Asan, Guam.

Retelling freedom. A plaque from the War in the Pacific Park. Asan, Guam.

 

I initially set out to photograph something green to meet yesterday’s daily prompt. My mission was to find something that related to the “green-eyed monster.”

I set out on a walk earlier this afternoon hoping to take a walk and a couple pictures along the way. What I did find was worth the taking time out of my walk and photographing. It was a plaque aged and green retelling the liberation of Guam on July 21, 1944. I spent nearly an hour reading various plaques along the way recounting that day in July about how many American soldiers fought the Japanese to free the people of Guam. And with every sentence, I became humble and grateful for those that lost their lives on the shores of Asan.

I thank all the brave men and women out there, past and present, for sacrificing your time and, for some, your lives. No matter how busy we are, let us never forget your sacrifice.

Your silent tents of green
We deck with fragrant flowers;
Yours has the suffering been,
The memory shall be ours.

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

On My Playlist: Dick Johnson, Boh Runga, & Tiki Taane- Shadows

 

Did I ever mention that I really like the music coming out of New Zealand lately?

It being hump day and all, I found my musical taste gravitating towards something chill and trance-like. A song that didn’t remind me of how far away the weekend was  (two more days?) and a song that would ease me into the rest of the week.

Insert Shadows.

As a song, it fits the groove of my week.  As a video, its all the more pleasing– black and white, interpretive dance, and dripping with sensuality and… oil?

And it just so happens that one of my all-time favorite singers makes up a third of this group.

Yeah, this song is definitely on my playlist.

 

What song is getting you through the week?