Me? I've been summering it up and welcoming expatriate New Yorkers, watching the trees twist in the wind when it storms, and watching Euro 2008. Are you NOT watching this? This tournament is reminding me what good futbol/ soccer can be - tense, ridiculous, with leads just hanging on a string.
We were cheering for Turkey (there's Turkish history on my fiancee's side, and I didn't like the cut of the Czechs' jibs), but while they were fighting to tie the game up, they gave up a second goal. All was lost... until it was not. The first goal was nice, but the second (how the keeper didn't hang on to that ball was beyond me. Or a testament to being tired.) and third were the comeback we never thought we would see. Absolutely incredible. I haven't said that many holy sh*ts since... well, it's been a long time.
edit: Deadspin's narrative about the game. I can go on for days about how incredible this was.
(I can't embed the video from MySoccerMedia, so enjoy video highlights of Turkey vs. Czech via link, please.)
Only thing: the freaking goalie makes a save and, to the side, shoves an opposing player, getting kicked out with a red card. In the 91st minute. So he's out for the next game. Nice work, dude.
+ Top NYC guard Lance Stephenson lists his prospective schools as Kansas, UCLA, USC... and possibly St. John's, in the way that vowels sometimes include "Y".
+ This is how South Florida creates a program: another guy with eligibility problems in Gus Gilchrist, former Maryland recruit... who was a Virginia Tech recruit before that... will now transfer to USF. He's highly regarded, and a great get for Stan Heath:
As a senior at Progressive Christian, Gilchrist averaged 22.3 points and 10.3 rebounds. He initially signed early with Virginia Tech in November 2006, but opted out of his letter of intent because of the tragic April 2007 shootings. He enrolled in Maryland in January 2008, but the Atlantic Coast Conference ruled Gilchrist would not be eligible until January 2009 and would lose a year of eligibility because he had previously signed with another ACC school. This decision prompted him to leave Maryland.
"No one ever told him about it [the transfer rule]," Woody said. "They sprung it on him. He could have gone to any school in the country after Virginia Tech."
Maryland’s appeals to have Gilchrist eligible this fall were denied, so that’s why Gilchrist left Maryland, Woody said.
Woody said USF would begin the process Monday to appeal to the NCAA for a hardship waiver that would allow Gilchrist to play this season at USF. If the appeal is not successful, Gilchrist would not be able to play at USF until the 2009-10 season.
+ Voluntary restrictions for college coaches with respect to letters of intent for pre-high school athletes? Myles Brand finds them untoward, and the National Association of Basketball Coaches is looking for a voluntary ban on signing kids who can't drive to basketball commitments.
+ West Virginia forward Joe Alexander is staying in the draft (where he can't beat up on St. John's anymore). Kansas State forward Bill Walker hurt an already-injured knee, but wants to stay in the draft. Jeff Goodman reports that it's a partial tear in the meniscus. What's that, you ask? To the right is a picture of a knee.
+ Zach Randolph and his entourage get into a fight in Portland. *Smacks Head*
+ Becky Hammon is playing for Russia in the Olympics, though she has no ancestral ties.
+ Willie Randolph might be safe from being fired, but Mr. "I can fix Victor Zambrano in 10 minutes" Rick Peterson might be looking into unemployment benefits.