Saturday, June 28, 2008

Oh my God, it happened...

The 1951 Brooklyn Dodgers and the 1964 Philadelphia Phillies are considered to be two of the biggest end of the season collapses in sports history. To this list you may need to add the 2008 Bologna Doves.

The Doves pretty much physically dominated us in what was our 9th contest of the season (it was their 7th game of the campaign) by a score of 57-43. The game really was not as close as the score indicated. Now, all the Doves had to do to make the playoffs was win just one of their last three games.

We got the phone call from Davide at about 11:00 p.m. tonight saying that Parma had defeated Bologna 34-17. They LOST ALL THREE GAMES to, in order, Bergamo, Bolzano and Parma to finish their season at 5-5. All three of these teams that the Doves lost to made the playoffs, so Bologna did NOT have it easy down the stretch.

The bottom line is that YOUR fourth place, 6-4 Catania Elephants are playing the #1 seeded, 10-0 Bolzano Giants in Bolzano next Sunday, July 6th at 8:30 p.m. in an IFL Semi-Final Playoff Game!!! Bolzano beat us 49-42 in our final regular season game two weeks ago.

The winner of our game plays the winner of next Saturday's Parma at Bergamo game on Saturday, July 19th at 8:30 p.m. at a neutral site, the Adriatic Sea coast town of Cattolica, in the 2008 IFL Super Bowl. Cattolica is located about 20 miles south of the awesome resort beach town of Rimini.

My picks for Defensive Co-MVP's

On the left is Outside LB, Gianmarco Pecoraro with Free Safety Christian DiMauro

Elephant RB Enrico Lombardo at practice today

Dazzling shorts Enrico! Davide had to put on his sunglasses so as not to be blinded.


After practice we stopped at the Auchan Supermercato by the airport and I found this tempting package of Speck.

Before I came to Italy, someone wanted to know what the heck Speck is.

It is a form of ham and it is quite good.


This large piece of mortadella that the lady is about to cut in half is part of the HUGE mortadella laying behind it. She said the entire thing weighs about 150 kilos!

That's a BIG hunk of luncheon meat!

Does Oscar Mayer make this Italian delicacy?


Robin McVay said...


DPLassen said...

The Elephant is mighty and shall prevail.

(And really, no football team called the Doves deserves to be in the playoffs. Might as well call themselves the pacifists.)

So were you buying half of the mortadella, or just a quarter?

George said...

Only a quarter, I wasn't very hungry due to the INTENSE heat and humidity!