While Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz was mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, his wife, Julie, was helping the United States women’s national soccer team lay waste to Thailand, 13-0, in the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
After Philly’s minicamp breaks on Thursday, the Super Bowl winner Ertz will be joining the World Cup-winning midfielder Ertz at Gaul, reuniting American sports’ premier power couple.
“I am excited. Clearly I wish every match was stress-free going forward,” Ertz informed NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo of the United States’ opening rout. “It was very simple to watch. But I am excited.
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“I will be heading over this weekend in time for that second match on Sunday. I am just eager to go support my spouse. I have seen the hard work that she is put in these past four years return after a World Cup, following an Olympics. All the adversity she has confronted throughout these past couple years. Very thrilled to go over there and encourage here as a supporting husband. … It is fun to see her doing what she loves.”
Along with the rest of earth Cup-watching world, the American-footballing Ertz had an opinion on the USWNT’s controversial goal celebrations as its lead of this overmatched Thai team climbed out of control. Some commentators argued that the U.S. girls showed poor sportsmanship in showing up Thailand by celebrating their late goals with such glee and imagination.
Ertz was having none of the line of thinking, mentioning the Eagles’ Super Bowl run in 2017 as an example of the positive usage and impact of group parties.
“I have a lot of thoughts. I discovered it. I read it about,” Ertz told Garafolo. “First idea is the first tiebreaker at the World Cup group stage is your target differential so they’d be sick to their stomach whenever they took their foot of the gas and also for some reason finished second in the team based off goal differential.
“The second, which is likely is the most underlining thing, once you’re on a fantastic team the best way to construct team chemistry is visiting other people as happy for the achievement as they are because of their very own. And seeing the women celebrate they were to other people’s success really I thought was crucial for them long term. Because you see how close these women were becoming, these girls were getting.
“I believe you watched it a couple of years back with us when we were celebrating. We really were only building that team chemistry because everybody was bonding through these minutes. Everybody was seeing how happy everybody was for another person’s success. I think that really speaks volumes about the camaraderie and team chemistry. Therefore I had no problem with it clearly. I was actually for it.”
En route to winning Super Bowl LII during the 2017 season, the Eagles were the most notable of teams using the NFL’s relaxed celebration rules. Philly was famous for its coordinated post-touchdown antics, such as acting as individual bowling pins, miming a house run, flapping together in a V formation and doing some variation of the Electric Slide. The latter celly was even awarded in the 2018 NFL Honors as the Celebration of the Year. One night later, the Eagles won the Super Bowl.
Correlation does not mean causation, but it is very clear and evident in this situation that parties, at least in the NFL, direct right to Super Bowl titles. It is science.
The likely message from one Ertz to another when they meet in France before the USWNT’s match against Chile on Sunday? Celebrate like no one’s watching.
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