Sport is quite simply a combination of art and war, a collision of the the most basic human instinct to fight and win and an appreciation at an altogether different level of the sublime. One is nothing without the other - would Bolton or Blackburn be any easier to watch if they were successful? Contra to that, if we continue to play as we do, without winning, is that any easier? I'm surpised Biggus that in all that time only Bergkamps flick has brought that overwhelming feeling you describe. Henry against Sp**s (where he seemed to dance past every member of the Sp**s defence....twice), Henry against United with his back to goal and Irwin about six inches behind, even Nasri's recent woinder goal...the feeling involved, surpise turning to delight, the growing feeling you have witnessed something special...its not fluff nor is it winning - but it can be beautiful I agree fully that noone can analyse rationally a game in progress - but there are moments of sheer beauty which you dont need to rationalize, you dont need to sit and think and 'enjoy'.... because you feel it at an emotional, instinctive level far beyond the confines of rational behaviour. How else can you explain moments like when Ronaldinho destroyed Real at the Bernabau he was spontaneously given a standing ovation by the Real crowd. It wasnt rational, thought out, or planned in any form. It was a natural, emotional reaction to the understanding that they have just witnessed a performance of such sheer artistry that active thought was unnecessary They are the moments we live for. This is why we play, watch and discuss passionately the game. Win or lose, trophies or not, it is football...and its why we love it.