Congratulations this morning go out to Regal FC Barcelona, as the Blaugrana reaffirmed its dominant status in 2009-10 with a crushing 80-61 victory over Real Madrid.
What’s that? You say you missed out on the pageantry and action of Europe’s most exciting cup? Not surprising, seeing as how little coverage events like Copa del Rey get; oddly enough, with more folks-in-the-know than ever lining up to proclaim the ACB the world’s second-best basketball league, international TV coverage of Spanish basketball is as lame as ever. (Come on, Eurosport, surely you could have ponied up a few euros for the Copa final game at least…)
Well, thank God and/or Al Gore for YouTube! Here’s BiE’s collection of YouTubes, so eagerly posted by ACB enthusiasts – a huge thank you to all of the clip contributors, too, by the way; hope you’re reading – nearly immediately following the action. To the highlights!
Along the way, Real Madrid disposed of Baskonia…
…and DKV Joventut:
Said Barcelona’s Pete Mickeal midway through the tournament, “It’s us against everyone else in that gym.” Well, Barça won.
Here’s the hype before the opening tip.
Recalling the Copa del Rey football finals of last year, members of Spanish royalty were greeted by one raucous section with nationalist symbols and jeering.
The official super-quick highlight compilation – seriously, don’t blink or you’ll miss it – shows just how much the combination of Ricky Rubio and tournament MVP Fran Vazquez turned this thing lopsided quick. Alley-oops and monster jams ahead!
Definitely in the “other” category of entertainment are the “Pro Jumpers.”
Quasi-obligatory locker room celebration video:
More-than-quasi-obligatory post-game cutey-pie Rubio clip from user RickyRubioWeb (representing the Ricky Rubio 9 website):
It seems RickyRubioWeb shadowed his/her boy throughout the tournament…
And even more videos are available from the official site. Enjoy, folks, and while you’re at it, pray to the basketball gods for a bit more pan-European coverage in 2011, eh?