Waltz Into a Room & Act Like You Own It

Here is a short clip of Argentina’s DC team meeting with Argentine football players in Sevilla.  They sign each other’s jerseys.  My absolute favorite part is when Nalby appears.  If there were a b-school class called “How to Waltz into a Room and Act Like You Own It,” Nalby would be the best living example:

Notice how DelPo originally has his hands on his hips.  Once El Rey arrives, DelPo resorts to awkwardly fussing over his jersey while Nalby hijacks the hand on the hips pose.  In this clip DelPo has the bearing of a junior sparring partner, not the highest-ranked leader of his team.  He’s mysteriously endearing with these elf-like mannerisms.

Lesson to be learned: When planning to take over a room, it’s best to dress the part–follow El Rey’s lead, by arriving late and wearing a pink oxford shirt under a navy sweater.


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I play favorites with Juan Martin Del Potro, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez, Gilles Simon and the long line of mercurial talent that drives me to despair in front of the screen at odd hours during the week.
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2 Responses to Waltz Into a Room & Act Like You Own It

  1. queridorafa says:

    Haha, I’m writing down that lesson! The body language subtext in that video is so funny. Nalby is kind of a fox all dressed up in his pink shirt (thanks for confirming it’s indeed pink…I though it looked pink, but also thought it might just be wishful thinking)! Also he keeps pulling up his pants…hmmm, foreboding…Davis Cup diet? 😉 At like, 1:12, there seems to be a little DelPo/Nalby interaction, but DelPo is careful not to make eye contact.

    • mariposaxprs says:

      There is so much body language subtext happening in the video, right? I’m sure I’m not imagining it. I was puzzled too by the moment where Nalby seems to initiate a conversation with DelPo, only for DelPo to carefully employ an avoidance tactic.

      Nalby just…he walks around like a boss. I can easily imagine him as a successful investment banker type. Maybe he’s on a special diet in Sevilla too? He does fuss around with his pants quiet often in the clip. I guess the changeovers at the DC final will be the test that reveals all 😉

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