Though the insufferable practice of athletes guaranteeing victory may have finally been killed with Paul Pierce’s unfounded recent declaration that “the Celtics ain’t coming back to L.A.,” it seems at least one prime minister is happy to continue talking trash in this vein.
Lithuanian PM Andrius Kubilius recently informed the Baltic Development Forum, a meeting of some 500 businessmen, academics, dignitaries and politicos (including five European heads of state and European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso), that
“In 2014, we’ll introduce the euro. We’ll win the European basketball championship before that – our government made a decision regarding this. We’ll also win the Eurovision Song Contest. I would like to congratulate Germany, which won it this year, but next time it will be ours.”
Pretty brazen statements from the man, considering the 2010 FIBA Worlds have yet to tip off. However, BallinEurope would like to go on record as stating that Lithuanian pop band InCulto was utterly robbed at Eurovision 2010 and that their entry “Eastern European Funk” is easily the most brilliant thing to ever emerge from that
complete and utter cheesefest musical competition.