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Friday, December 9th, 2016

REAL MEN OF SPORTS WATCHING

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Incredible story off the AP.

Man pulls TV from house fire to watch soccer

BEIJING (Reuters) – A Beijing soccer fan refused to let the small matter of his house burning down disturb his enjoyment of Tuesday’s World Cup match between France and Spain.

A fire broke out in a hutong in the center of the Chinese capital at 3am local time Wednesday — kickoff time in Hanover — and gutted the traditional courtyard dwelling, the Beijing Daily Messenger reported.

“When the neighbors shouted ‘fire!’, I took my little baby and ran out in my nightclothes,” the man’s wife told the paper.

“My husband paid no attention to the danger, just grabbed the television and put it under his arm.

“After getting out of the house, he then set about finding an electric socket to plug in and continue watching his game.”

The anti-social timing of the matches broadcast from Germany, which is six hours behind China, has forced some Chinese fans to go to great lengths to follow the action.
One man quit his job in Beijing to return to his hometown Chongqing so he could watch the whole tournament uninterrupted.

State news agency Xinhua reported that the 23-year-old’s boss at the IT company had offered him a pay rise, but he turned it down flat, saying the World Cup was more important than his job.

The Guangzhou Daily reported that local police were forced to release a thief arrested for stealing a mobile phone when the victim refused to press charges because he did not want to miss the start of a match.

Although there are also many female World Cup fans in China, one man in the southeastern city had to sign a contract with his wife agreeing to do all the housework during the month of the finals so he could watch the matches at night.

Another from Putian, Fujian province, took a less diplomatic approach, Xinhua reported.
When his cheers during the Argentina-Ivory Coast match woke his wife and she switched off the television, he locked her in their bedroom and settled back down to watch the game ignoring her loud protests.

  • <span class="anon-comment-author">PV</span>

    I was pleased Pax addressed the need for a big guard, which I was harping on in previous posts–though I have to admit, when I saw they had drafted Carney, I got real excited, he’s a guy I was hoping they’d get at 16. And then I heard about the trade and was a bit deflated. But having already drafted Thomas, getting someone with more ball-handling guard skills–which is what Thabo has on Carney, based on the reports–makes more sense.

    Overall, as I’ve been saying, I would have liked to come away with more known quantities; Thomas is just too inexperienced to project confidently–even Pax says it’s like drafting a high schooler; and Thabo is just a foreigner in highlight films at this point. But I’m trusting this regime until I have reason not to.

    In the end, opinions and thoughts aside, I went to bed wishing the season could start tomorrow.

  • http://chicagozoner.blogspot.com <a href="http://chicagozoner.blogspot.com" rel="nofollow">The Zoner</a>

    It’s totally not like drafting a high schooler. I understand the analogy but you can’t discredit a full year at LSU and the competition in the tourney.

    I’m not understanding what everyone is saying about “known quantities”. Who are they?

  • <span class="anon-comment-author">PV</span>

    Known Quantities is an art-rock trio from Portland–think Jawbox meets Portoise.

    Seriously, it is a relative term, you’re right, because we are talking about a draft, and heck even in life (cue the Coach), it’s hard to say what’s a “known quantity”. But a player who’s played 3-4 years in college, a lot as a starter, and established a level of play, is MORE of a certainty than a 19 yr-old with one year of experience; and certainly a guy I’ve actually seen play in the U.S. of A. is more known than a Swiss guy. That’s all.

    And hey, Pax said the line about a high schooler, not me.

  • http://chicagozoner.blogspot.com <a href="http://chicagozoner.blogspot.com" rel="nofollow">The Zoner</a>

    I hear ya. But there weren’t many of those Junior/Senior type players with the exception of Shelden and BRoy.

    And speaking of Jawbox, I was listening to Burning Airlines on the way in today.

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