Arsenal lost 2-1 to Barcelona in an epic Champions League final played this evening in Paris. (If you don’t follow football as they call it over there, think the Super Bowl, only more important (more people in Europe; soccer has a bigger mind-share; plus national overtones (Arsenal is based in London and you know where Barcelona is)). Arsenal and Barcelona have some of the best footballers in the world (or at least the best that Chelsea money can’t buy). Arsenal goal-keeper Jens Lehmann (and the starting keeper for the German National team in the upcoming World Cup) was booted out of the game in the 18th minute, so Arsenal played 10 on 11 for most of the game, and with a second-string keeper to boot. Arsenal led 1-0 for most of the game, but Barcelona closed with two late goals to take the win.
Now for modern communications. Last year, a group of LLM students were nice enough to give me an Arsenal jersey (thanks again!), which I wore today (my 12-year old son is a big Arsenal fan). I “watched” the game at the Law School by reading the BBC’s text feed about the game (not video on demand as I did with March Madness). As I was walking home from work roughly an hour after the game was over, three people—I passed 10 or so—stopped me to tell me what a tough loss Arsenal had suffered. Three!
ESPN2 had the game on live today, and we taped it (actual VCR tape still works), so we will have to see if it was exciting as it seemed in text at the BBC.