The latest update on Cornell's French Tour, courtesy of Jeremy Hartigan, Cornell's Director of Athletic Communications.http://cornellbigred.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/052307aab.html
May 31, 2007
5:32 p.m. (French time) - Ok, not so much with the updating again last night. Today's blog is sponsored by Ryan Wittman, who is currently sticking his head out the window in anticipation of a blog update. This idea is really catching on ... I feel a great deal of momentum with it. I think next year I charge subscriptions ...
Well, it's our last full day in
We arrived in Nice about two hours later and got our first look at the French Riviera and the most blue (bluest just doesn't look right when you spell it out) water possible. It was an incredible sight to take in, but a major bad point is that the beach isn't made up of sand, but rather millions of rocks. Not as much comfortable as uncomfortable. By the way, currently the players are exchanging greetings across our U shaped hotel, talking back and forth through the windows.
This is definitely a tourist town for those with money, but also a beautiful area less than 20 miles from the Italian border and a short train ride from
Tonight's game is against the national team of
Internet connection has been spotty (to say the least) and has forced me to not upload massive pictures, but we will do up a large photo gallery of the trip when we get back. With summer coming up, maybe it will spice the web site up a bit for the next couple weeks.
8:54 p.m. - I couldn't resist posting ... it's halftime and we're trailing 50-38. The
Just got done talking to women's basketball player Moina Snyder, a native of France, who dropped by to see the game. There is probably 25 people watching the game with no pomp and circumstance unlike the other games. We might be struggling because we didn't get a chance to meet the mayor. There actually would be about 45 if you count the kids taking karate overlooking the court, but they seem pretty focused on breaking the sheets of ice (arbitrary Karate Kid reference).
I get the strong feeling that these teams are very evenly matched, and that if you put this game in
9:12 p.m. - Ok, so we go on a 13-1 run to tie the game at 51-51. See, told you these teams were even. I'm tremendously smart ... 6:50 left in the third quarter.
10:03 p.m. - After a near bench-clearing brawl and more bad officiating, the Big Red loses 94-85 in its finale. With about five minutes left in the game, Geoff Reeves and a
By the way, no need to say I'm a homer ... final foul count 31-19 ... free throw attempts 49-25 ... I'll let you guess who came out on top.
Now we're heading back to eat dinner courtesy the Luxmbourg team ... we may not beat them on the court this year, but at least we'll get a chance to party it up on their tab.
12:39 a.m. - Just leaving the Cargo Restaurant, owned by Didier Verse, a former teammate of former Big Red assistant coach Paul Fortier. He gave us, by far, the best meal in