Annual soccer post 

I don't pay much attention to international soccer...but the final four in Euro 2004 are Greece, Holland, the Czech Republic and Portugal? Wack.

I do find British soccer reporting to be quite entertaining, though, as it tends to be quite snooty and opinionated. (Of course, I tend to find British news reporting to be annoying for the same reason.)

Here's how Game 5 of the NBA Finals might have been written up by a British sports reporter:

The once-mighty and proud Los Angeles Lakers collapsed like a house of cards as they lost to the Detroit Pistons 100-87 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, losing the series 4-1.

The first half was a drab affair typical of much of the series, with the Lakers' Kobe Bryant hoisting up ill-advised shots and making poor ball-handling decisions and the Pistons squandering numerous opportunities to blow the game open by wasting time on offence and missing wide-open shots.

But a series of excellent plays on defence in the third quarter by Tayshaun Prince and Ben Wallace allowed Detroit to ignite their fast-break offence. Detroit were able to pick up the pace in the second half whilst the Lakers played a game devoid of concentration and passion. The Pistons opened up a 28-point lead in the fourth quarter before mercifully putting in their reserves with five minutes left.

Well, you get the idea.


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