Fulham 1-0 Portsmouth- Wrong Place, Right Time, All Smiles

Posted on August 16, 2009

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Being in the right place at the right time is fairly simple. Do what you’re supposed to be doing for long enough and eventually the choice moment will come. This is every day life for most people. It’s a simple equation, time plus wisdom, and of all the life-algebra that we see at work, this is the least interesting.
Being in the right place at the wrong time is equally simple. The hard part- “Where should I be?”- is already settled on. Only the “But when?” is up in the air, and if you leave enough common sense out the wrong time will always reveal itself. Again, simple.
But being in the wrong place at the right time is something a little more uncommon, a little more particular. The universe drums to its own unique metronome and most of us struggle to find the beat.
Which brings us to Bobby Zamora, the sole goal scorer in Fulham’s 1-0 win over Portsmouth. What he was doing in the way of Clint Dempsey 13th minute shot from distance is worth considering. On the face of it, it looks like a simple ricochet, cause and effect- “You did this, but I’m standing here, so this happened instead.” But because Zamora was so unlucky last year, it looked more and more like a skill, this unluckiness. Dempsey had decided to unleash a shot- the right time for it. But Zamora had decided to be somewhere in the path of the ball- the wrong place. And from it, a goal resulted. A happy accident, perhaps. But also possibly the result of the moment when un-luck runs a full circle around the world and laps itself, and comes to rest at the wrong place, as usual, but now at the right time.

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