Report Card: Celebrations

A View from the Riverside

We do it with friends. We do it in Ocean on a Friday night. We do it on our birthdays. Robin Van Persie recently did it unashamedly against his old team, while Mario Götze and Aaron Ramsey didn’t. This week, I assess the spectrum of sporting celebrations.

The Tardelli Scream

In one of the most iconic of celebrations in footballing history, this Italian’s raw, unscripted passion showed just how much it means to score in a World Cup final. Marco Tardelli realised the subject of many a childhood dream against West Germany in 1982. The euphoric release that ensued embodied football’s capacity to shut out all human problems, at least for a brief moment. Arms-aloft, shaking his head and hollering in bewilderment with a frenzied run to nowhere in particular, it is the purity of ‘The Scream’ that makes it a true celebration. Edvard Munch, eat your heart out.

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