It happens every time there’s a group draw in international competition. Begun by some twit sports journalist during the 1990 World Cup (if BiE recalls correctly), it has become requisite to label one bunch the “Group of Death,” as though advancement to subsequent rounds is any more difficult for the, say, no. 5 seed in a Euroleague group.
The winner of the mad rush to proclaim the Grupo De La Muerte — it sounds way cooler and less trite in Spanish — for the 2010-11 Euroleague season is CSKA Moscow president Andrey Vatutin, who proclaimed the Red Army’s Group D pitting them with Panathinaikos, Valencia, Efes Pilsen, AJ Milano, and Union Olimpija as such in a post-draw interview.
(Really? What about Group A, actually…?)