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An interesting development over in the world of European club soccer and I’m wondering whether an amazing story is still an amazing story if we all want bad things to happen to the Leicester football club.
You all remember Leicester, right?
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After going at something like 5,000-to-1 odds, they beat all the giants and became the darlings of the sport worldwide. This wasn’t like the Philadelphia 76ers winning the NBA title, this was like the Unfortunately Named Mississaugas winning the NBA title.
Except they blew it because I think they got a bit big for their britches and axed manager Claudio Ranieri in the middle of this season when the morphed back into Leicester, stumbling and bumbling through the Premiership, in danger of relegation – not unfamiliar territory.
I’m not terribly close to it and don’t have a major rooting interest but it seemed they got a tad full of themselves and the over-reaction to not being able to sustain something that was basically a bolt of lightning lasting the entire 2016 season was a bit much.
Well, they’re back at it.
They beat Sevilla in the first knockout round of the Champions League yesterday, 2-0 winners to take the tie 3-2 on aggregate and the minnow joins the big fish like Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Barca, Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-finals.
I’d love to think of this as another brilliant Cinderella sports story and maybe it is. They are still a tiny club over-achieving but the off-putting nature of what looks like the knee-jerk sacking of Ranieri mid-way through the season diminishes this accomplishment in my mind.
We’re supposed to be having days where we can sit on decks or patios; not endless days of shovelling and heavy coats and toques.
Enough already. Please.
May as well get the mail started.
It’s going to be an odd weekend since we’re taking the Friday night game in Detroit off for some very logical reasons (tough back-to-back, deadlines, relative cost, my sanity and health) so while I’m avoiding cabbage and leprechauns during the day, there’ll be time to putter on mail.
There was something quite pleasing to see highlights of Josh Donaldson and Devon Travis taking at-bats in a minor league game yesterday, wasn’t there?
Not because it signals them coming back from injuries that have kept them out of the first part of the never-ending spring training season but just sight of them in a tiny park in such a relaxed atmosphere was all that spring baseball is about.
Seeing those two at a minor league facility was comforting and cool.
Oh, this seemed to be the story of the day yesterday and since I need a day to coast a little bit and just do some gathering, She Who Supports Arsenal is filling in on the writing end of it so make sure to read the gems she comes up with later today.