anyway our own season is drawing to a close, with only 2 matches to go, and given that the top 4 are pretty settled, Milan and Lazio fighting over who finished higher but both already certain of Champions' League football next season, all teh excitement is down the bottom. With Ascoli and Messina already down, the final relegation spot could end up snaffling any one of 8 teams:
A surprise 4-1 win yesterday over Messina for Claudio Ranieri's Parma has given them a big boost. Catania's excellent start to the season has been all but undone by their terrible form since February, partly the result of playing at closed neutral grounds for 4 months. Meanwhile Livorno and Torino *should* be ok but still have to play one another next week. We made our own contribution by sleepily handing Torino 3 points on a hot, lazy afternoon with half the first team rested ahead of Thursday's big final. Totti had been up all night attending the brith of his new baby daughter, and didn't have a single shot on goal. His name-chosing skills were also evidently undermined by the long night, as la Tottina has been named Chanel. Or possibly Chanelle. Depending on which newspaper you read. Urgh. But with 2nd place guaranteed and the Cup still to win no-one managed to get too upset on Sunday. Fans and players alike were lethargic, even the Curva Sud was quiet and not as full as usual, and by the last twenty minutes of the match the chief source of entertainment was various ultras groups holding mass water fights with one another.
As for a ticket for thursday: see if you can think of a well-known phrase involving the following words: brewery. piss-up. And which reflects accurately the ticketing arrangements for yet another important game. I can't be arsed to burden you with the details, they're too tedious and irritating to even type. Let's just keep hoping.