Monday, May 31, 2010

Kerrzy's Notebook: Distractions

Life is full of distractions.

Some are big, some are small – some only distract some people and not others, others distract everyone. Do you give in? Do you hold out? Life is also full of choices.

With the World Cup beginning in just under two weeks, it’s now up to the manager of each national team to try and limit the distractions for his players. You might be surprised where that conversation heads though.

Argentina’s national team will be in tough in the battle to avoid distractions, given that their manager is none other than Diego Maradona, a man who seems to be a walking oddity/controversy generator.

For example, on the oddity side of things, Maradona has requested a remodeling of the bathrooms where Argentina will be staying during the World Cup, asking that luxury toilet seats be installed. Then, he threatened to proclaimed that he would run naked through the streets of Buenos Aires if Argentina wins it all.

On the controversy side, he recently ran over a camera man's foot while driving his car to the Argentine Football Association’s training complex and then yelled at the guy for putting his foot under the wheel.

See what I mean?

Well, Argentina’s national team is back in the news, as last week the team’s doctor addressed another potential distraction: sex.

Dr. Donato Vallani says players will be allowed to have sex with their regular partners during the month that they’re in South Africa, which I’m sure they’re all happy about. According to the Associated Press, Vallani says sex is just a part of life, adding “players are not Martians.”

It’s not all fun and games though – Vallani says players shouldn’t be up at 2am with champagne and Havana cigars, instructing his men to keep on a regular sleep schedule.

South African publication The Times reports that Brazilian coach Dunga took it a step further, saying he would leave it up to his players to decide whether or not to abstain from sex, “and other sensory pleasures,” whatever that means.

While we’re on the topic, here’s another interesting tidbit:

It turns out, if you gave German soccer fans a choice, they’d rather see their team lift the World Cup than have sex says Yahoo!, citing a Readers Digest survey.

The survey also suggests whoever wins the World Cup might see a bit of a population spike:

“Germany's success on the field can turn up the heat in the nation's bedrooms: there were a flood of new-born babies here nine months after the national side finished third at the World Cup four years ago.”

Imagine that, eh?

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