The look says it all for poor Shay Given. The Irish, playing in their first major final since the 2002 World Cup, lost to Croatia, 3-1. Given was at least partially responsible for the first and third goals, but the 10 men in front of him didn’t cover themselves in glory either. The third goal, in particular, bounced off the post, then deflected off the head of a diving Given and into the net.
I had the Irish making a surprising run to the semi-finals, but they will need a miracle to get out of the group now, as they must play defending world and European champions, Spain, and traditional European power, Italy. The proud Irish will fight to the end as the Irish always do, but that will probably not be enough.
The basketball team synonymous with green, the self-professed “Celtics,” already went down in similar fashion. I’ll spare you all a post-mortem on the Boston Celtics. Gabriel David will probably take care of that. I can assure you all that, yes, he is still alive, at least according to Twitter.
This is likely the end of the road for key players on both teams. The difference is that, for Ireland to make it this far was an accomplishment in and of itself, while the Boston Celtics surely feel that this was a missed opportunity. At least Paul Pierce didn’t get a face full of chalk for his troubles.