Saturday, March 08, 2008

Now *THAT* was fun!

It might not have been "just like watching Brazil," as the supporters sing, but it certainly was fun watching BARNSLEY send holders CHELSEA crashing out of the FA CUP just now.
We watched live on TV as Kayode Odejayi headed the winner in the 66th minute (pictured). Barnsley then spent the remainder of the game defending wave after wave of Chelsea attacks while clinging to their lead. When the full-time whistle blew on Barnsley's 1-0 victory, the fans spilled out onto the pitch just like in the old days.
I never cheer for the Tykes in the league (especially in their South Yorkshire derbies with SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY). I cheered like crazy for them today, though, as they head into the semifinals.
MANCHESTER UNITED also felt the bitter sting of defeat in the Cup today. Sulley Muntari scored from the penalty spot against stand-in goalkeeper Rio Ferdinand -- substitute 'keeper Tomasz Kuszczak had just been sent off -- to give PORTSMOUTH the 1-0 win.
The legendary romance of the FA Cup is alive and well. I feel fortunate having experienced a little of it today.


Blogger Brian Cooper said...

Why is it we Yanks never hear US sportscasters or sportswriters mention the "full-time whistle"? "Final buzzer" just doesn't carry the level of class.

9:37 PM  

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