Thursday, May 29, 2003

A Day of Sports

Last night I had taken few naps early on in order to wake up in 3:00 and be able to watch NBA Western Conference Final Game 5 between San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks. It was worth the wait – both for the game to begin and for Croatian state television to actually start airing NBA games live. I have watched many basketball games in the past, but rarely do I remember teams beating 19 point deficit, especially such underdogs as Mavericks in this case.

Then came the morning and I had opportunity to watch some Roland Garros tennis. Thanks to Eurosport scheduling and my own schedule, I was spared of watching Daniela Hantuchova, my favourite contender for ladies title, losing to Ashley Harkleroad.

Late in the afternoon I came home to watch the last stages of an epic battle between Croatian Mario Ančić (Mario Ancic) and Andre Agassi. The American veteran had managed to use his experience and compensate two set deficit. Of course, Ančić's defeat means that there would be much Roland Gaross tennis on Croatian state television. It was altogether bad day for Croatian representatives – Ančić was knocked off together with young Jelena Kostanić (Jelena Kostanic) and Iva Majoli, winner of 1997 French Open.

I watched only segments of Championship League final between Juventus and AC Milan. 90 minutes without goals. Then extra time without goals. And finally, penalty shooters having 50 % efficiency. Games like these are the reason why Americans can't understand global popularity of soccer.

Nick Barlow, on the other hand, had experienced much more joy on Monday when Wolverhampton won the next season's spot in English Premiership. 3-0 and penalty being missed, that's the kind of soccer that was supposed to be played in Manchester few hours ago.


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