The 2008 UEFA European Football Championship is on. Constantly on. So much so that it sent my TV watching habits into temporary exile, as my disdain from football is utter and well documented. And so, it is my great honor to publish a guest post written by my aptly named friend, Guy, who seem to know a lot about this sport:
While watching the Euro 2008 Group A game between Portugal and Turkey, I knew the German referee Herbert Fandel reminded me of someone but wasn’t quite sure who. It took me almost a day until it hit me – Robbie Coltrane, who played criminal psychologist Eddie Fitzgerald in the BBC show “The Cracker”. Fandel is best known for being the referee in the Euro 2008 qualifying game between Sweden And Denmark, where Denmark was down 3-0 at half time but managed to tie the game 3-3 in the final minutes. In the 89th minute Fandel awarded Sweden with a penalty kick after a fight broke up between two players. At this point a Danish fan broke into the field and attacked Fandel, who left the field without concluding the game. Coltrane has appeared lately as Hagrid in the Harry Potter film series.
I was flipping through the channels when I saw firefighters all geared up in a live broadcast on Israel’s Channel 10. As an Israeli, my first thought was that something bad happened. It turns out that there was a power outage at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem, and the football match between Beitar Jerusalem and Maccabi Haifa could not continue.
I was glued to the television set, watching in disbelief the colossal waste of airtime consisting of numerous interviews with the who’s who of football management. Apparently there are many ways to say ‘I have no earthly idea’ without using these specific words.
Now, I get watching sport events on TV, okay, I get it. I even did it a couple of times with my dad, pistachio scarfing and all. What I don’t get is watching the sports talk shows after the game, analyzing every move for an additional 90 minutes. What I don’t get is reading the daily sports section, further dissecting the game.
What I don’t get is watching a football match for 7 minutes and then watching 40 minutes of live reports from the generator room, with an additional 10 minutes recap later on on the nightly news.
For your viewing pleasure, here are the last minutes of the live broadcast – watch as much as you can bear:
Channel10: Teddy Stadium power outage cancels football match