The Visible Might of Calgary

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Sunday, September 17, 2006

By the time we arrived in Calgary, I think on bus, we were already very much at ease that we are so far away from home that it could just as well be Patagonia or Tasmania or whatever. It had begun snowing. The team and the coaches were surprised by the strong opposition and by slightly skewed calls of the local refs and by lack of dollars.
Tried what I could to drag them out for some sightseeing - it was almost impossible. We were invited, transported in great comfort, we were superbly accommodated and more then well fed - thus, we had no reason to complain. If the management accepted that the hosts could not promote international basketball quality with high prices. So, the entrance tickets were something nothing, like CND$2 or CND$5 at the best. And those takes were supposed to be shared with our team whose coach had imagined that there will be tens of thousands of dollars from every match.
I was pressed to press that issue the best I could while I though it would be more important that the team, the kids, to make new friendships, to see if some could enroll and study here on their basketball skills, to go around and see the towns.
-Don't joke. Vancouver was different,- the coach Lazar Lecic told me, - but this village we are now approaching, Calgary? What sort of college they have?

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