“Celebrate good times,” as they say, “come on!”
Of course the folks in Lithuania need no such exhortative encouragement after blowing past Team Argentina last night, 104-85, to reach the 2010 FIBA World Championship final four. The tournament has represented an awesome achievement for Europe in general, with three of the four teams remaining, and specifically for Lithuania; who’d’ve figured the wild-card entry entering the tournament at 40/1 would be in a prime position for a medal at the end?
And while the plucky Lithuanians’ memorable road figures to end Saturday when Team USA takes the court against ‘em, nothing can take away the pride a nation feels today – not to mention last night’s party atmosphere in the country. Roll the clips!
In Lietuvos Rytas’ home, Siemens Arena in Vilnius, fans packed the house to watch Lithuania-Argentina on giant screen – and perform a slightly-inebriated version of “Trys Milijonai.”
Nearby, the center square in Vilnius was also cram-packed while the temperature sat at about 12-13ºC (about 54 ºF).
And the real partying started after the final result came in. (Since Team Lithuania broke 100, will Mark Cuban be buying the entire country tacos today?) Here’s the scene from Kaunas old town:
And in old town Vilnius:
What else can BiE add to that, except maybe … All together now!
Galbūt per daug ir per ilgai mes kariavom,
Galbūt per ilgai kartojom žodį šlovė…
Thanks again to reader A.S. for the YouTube links!