August 05, 2003

Virtus Bologna Barred from Italian League.: I'm not quite sure why they didn't opt to pay Sani but all the same this is a shocker. For you NBA draftniks this is the same team which brought you Rasho Nesterovic, Marko Jaric, Antoine Rigadeau and Manu Ginobili. Will this effect the Euroleague? Will Vujanic and Skipper Bologna lead the Italian League? Or will Edney and Benetton?

posted by lilnemo to basketball at 01:57 PM - 20 comments

Here is the Euroleague press release on the matter.

posted by lilnemo at 02:37 PM on August 05, 2003

Bologna? LOL.

posted by worldcup2002 at 04:43 PM on August 05, 2003

Seems silly to be fighting over a seemingly small amount given the potential revenue loss of missing games until this is resolved; the whole nose/face thing. OTOH, lilnemo, sorry but I wouldn't even begin to speculate on how it would impact Euroleague or Italy given that I have no clue about either. When it comes to Europe, I'm a one sport man!

posted by billsaysthis at 05:02 PM on August 05, 2003

billsaysthis, I would hazard a guess that most members are bigger euro-soccer fans than euro-basketball fans. But I aim to give a little exposure to the playas on the other side of the pond. It's almost funny. We love European soccer, but hate their basketball. Europeans love our basketball, and hate our soccer. Go Figure.

posted by lilnemo at 05:15 PM on August 05, 2003

What are you laughing at, worldcup2002?

posted by salmacis at 05:46 PM on August 05, 2003

Our basketball = good, theirs = bad Our soccer = bad, theirs = good ???

posted by billsaysthis at 12:29 AM on August 06, 2003

All basketball = good All soccer = bad (unless played indoors and with dasher boards) !!! Bologna. Man, you HAVE to laugh at that.

posted by wfrazerjr at 10:01 AM on August 06, 2003

Please, enlighten me. Why do I have to laugh at Bologna?

posted by salmacis at 11:18 AM on August 06, 2003

The scourge of children's lunchboxes. Surely you have it across the pond?

posted by mbd1 at 12:34 PM on August 06, 2003

My bologna has a first name, it's s-a-l-m-a-c-i-s...

posted by billsaysthis at 01:06 PM on August 06, 2003

My bologna has a second name.... It's billy-boy-saysthis...

posted by lilnemo at 01:14 PM on August 06, 2003

Bologna, per i cretini americani.

posted by dusted at 01:52 PM on August 06, 2003

Oh that's hilarious, mbd1. So Bologna is famous for it's beef. Parma is famous for it's ham. The Champagne region of France is famous for a certain sparkling wine. Cheddar in south-west England is famous for it's cheese. Remind me again which American cities are renowned for their local produce? Regarding the snobbery of European basketball and American soccer, it seems that neither side should crow too loudly. The Americans only finished 5th in the last basketball world cup, while the US soccer team reached the last 8 of the soccer world cup.

posted by salmacis at 02:11 PM on August 06, 2003

Remind me again which American cities are renowned for their local produce? Hey, we've got Milwaukee, St. Louis, Golden, Raineer, San Luis Obispo...wait, is beer a produce?

posted by kloeprich at 02:58 PM on August 06, 2003

You know, Sal, I don't know what American cities are famous for produce. I guess that begs the question is it a good thing to be known as the home of the meat that contains lips and asses?

posted by wfrazerjr at 03:44 PM on August 06, 2003

American beer.... BWAHAHAHAHA!!!!! *snigger*

posted by salmacis at 03:57 PM on August 06, 2003

Watch American soccer. Watch Euro basketball. And eat your "Lips and Ass sandwich".

posted by lilnemo at 04:11 PM on August 06, 2003

Is this a bad day, or have you always been a troll, salmacis? Maybe it's just a misunderstanding. Bologna is equated with Spam in the U.S., if you don't believe me, read the wfrazerjr interview's left turn into bologna-land. Now imagine a team called "Virtus Spam." Sorta funny, huh?

posted by dusted at 05:15 PM on August 06, 2003

Well in the UK (and indeed, the rest of the world), Bologna is associated with being a major Italian city. Understand, dusted?

posted by salmacis at 05:44 PM on August 06, 2003

Of course I understand, and I'm sure wc2k and wfrazerjr do too. I've never been to the city myself, but I've visited Italy numerous times, and I speak Italian fer crissakes. You're being way too touchy about this. Relax!

posted by dusted at 05:49 PM on August 06, 2003

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