Nov 14, 2014
This is what was happening across "town", if you will, on our first night in Paris. We were so jetlagged and exhausted from our flight, that after a nap, and a snack and some Champers at Cafe de Flore (right across the street from our bedsit), we promptly tried to go to sleep again. It was a bit daunting for me, because the celebration in Paris of this 3-1 Champions League victory over London's Chelsea Football Club was loud and crazy. There was drinking and singing and jubilation (all very good natured and sweet) until five AM all over Paris, and right underneath our window! The next morning, at the street corners where they would have their giant green glass recycling bins, all the bins were completely stuffed with bottles, so the Parisians politely and neatly placed all their wine bottles, upright, on the pavement surrounding the bins. The tourists all got a huge kick out of that, and took a bunch of pictures. (We skipped that photo opportunity.)
But, this video is amazing. It is one of my all-time favorite sports videos ever. I love how he gives us a before and after the match on the streets. I love how close he gets us to the action. I love the sensation I get, that I am really at the match, and that these are real people we are watching. There is none of that fakeness, or eroticization, of a television production. I am not saying our "director" is a genius, or anything, but that it is just so refreshing to witness an amateur up close document of a major sporting event. No commercials. No jumbotron. No replays. And, he edited it! It is slightly less than half of the full match in length. Brilliant!
But, my favorite part has to be when Chelsea converts their penalty (we do not get to see the foul that conceded the penalty), and our director yells, "Merde!", and then scans over to the hinterlands of Parc des Princes where the Chelsea hooligans were all relegated.
He had good reason for swearing. That penalty was huge, because a week later in London, ...