Since BiE will typically have to play catch-up with a week’s worth of Euroleague games on Saturdays, a new concept comes to the website in the Sunday hangover. Those of you who have followed BallinEurope since the days of its origins may recall the old “Monday cigarettes” column – and this one hopes to recall those days (but with video clips!). And so, notes and observations from the opening week of play in the big league…
For longtime readers of BallinEurope, here’s a brief trip down Memory Lane … we’ll call these “Tuesday cigarettes,” a collection of quotes, links and YouTubes (especially YouTubes) focused on the 2010 FIBA World Championship. Inhale and enjoy!
• Team Russia head coach David Blatt, who “was one of those kids crying when the American team lost the game in the Olympics when [Sergei] Belov made the shot at the end after the three replays,” weighs in on the 1972 Olympics at True Hoop … and reaches a surprising conclusion.
While recently performing “administrative” work on this blog lately, BiE noticed that one of the most popular stories this week was, oddly enough, a one-year-old “Monday’s Cigarettes” column. Most searches bringing readers to that column were for the keywords “Milica Dabović.” Dabović is a 28-year-old whose CV includes three Eurobasket tournaments with Team Serbia.
Though why exactly so many came to Ball in Europe in search of stories on Dabović was a bit of a mystery, who is BiE to ignore the public need? (Particularly the need of the red-blooded American male bit of the public, which apparently remains blisslessly unaware of this fine … um, player. Basketball player.)
Note: NSFW stuff below the break.
After several hours of driving, I have finally arrived back home from Berlin, and I’ve had enough time to think and remember the impressions of the 2009 edition of the Euroleague Final Four. So the typical Monday cigarettes will be jumped over and be replaced by my own personal memories of the weekend.
Yes, it’s finally Final Four week again. European basketball fans have waited a full year to get these feelings back again. And to start the week, well, here we go for some nice stories from around the globe.