Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Football and competition


Robin gets his (free) kicks
Originally uploaded by athens2004blog.

Right. Quick post cos Greece v USA basketball is on TV and it's 45-44 in the 3rd quarter...

Just got back from the football (or, if you're that way inclined, soccer), Argentina beat Australia 1-0 in a fairly uneventful men's game (with some nice flashes of skill) after Germany had outclassed Mexico in the women's game, winning 2-0.

Nice stadium, 26,400 crowd and a good atmosphere, but there was no half time entertainment (certainly no bikini dancers!) and there were HUGE queues for refreshments (I actually went looking for the missus after 25 minutes, worrying that she'd been abducted or something!). Still, at least we kept up our record of having heard 'We Will Rock You' by Queen at every single Olympic event we've been to so far.

53-44 to the US in the basketball. Wow, in the time it takes to type a paragraph...

So to the latest competition entries:

- Diegem - who says she's quit watching CNN because they're so negative; 33 Euros.
- John Abatzoglou, a Greek in California who's dad is in Athens watching the Games; 32 Euros.
- Simon Wonder Wally from Southport; 14.5 Euros. (He also asks if we'll see any British medals being won - our best hope is the mixed doubles badminton final, I believe the Brits are in the semis...)
- Andria from Texas (who's very kind about this blog); 26 Euros.
- And, having been told what a creme caramel is, KJ has gone for 36 Euros.
Plus, earlier, Dennis - 20 Euros. Roberto - 24 Euros. GM - 38 Euros.

At the moment no one is within 2 Euros of the correct answer...

Busy day tomorrow - water polo, tennis AND football. An Olympic hat-trick!

57-53! Oh it looks like a nailbiter and it's calling my name...
(STOP PRESS: US pipped the plucky Greeks 77-71 in the end. Cracking contest though.)

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Awesome coverage. Let's get some pics of beach volleyball (at least the dancers).
How about 29 Euros for the beer etc.

Nulli Secundus

Eljudio said...

Good luck to Ana Guevara, our mexican runner!! je je!!
Good blog!! Thank's for all the information.

Karlo
Mexico.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Kit, for translating some of the English and European terms for those of us unfamiliar with them. I'm really enjoying learning (and using) the new words. I had no idea what 'chuffed' was until I looked it up. I also like experiencing the Olympics through your eyes. This is the first time I've been really interested in what's going on. Your blog is excellent!!! As for your Euro competition, my guess is 42. I'm just guessing for the fun of it and eliminating myself from the prize competition, so someone else can experience the joy of winning an Olympic souvenir.
Vix (your chuffed competition winner)

Anonymous said...

Hey Kit, what is a self-respecting Brit doing watching basketball? Do you think we 're going to get you converted? It's so funny to watch basketball on the BBC, the commentators saying things like "you normally get two points per basket but if you shoot outside that white arc it counts for three" (!?!!). OK I'm just being mean there, I'm a bit sore after Greece's loss. We could have had them....

Do you think we can get a picture of Robin and the beach volley dancers?

Dennis, UK

diegem said...

first: Diegem is he. second: just realize: for the price contest you multiply per 2.. so you and your fiance i guess.. and what about Robin?? Is he an diet??

diegem said...

I meant: Is he on a diet?

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