My mate with whom I normally stand was away today acting as a scrutineer for the provincial/city elections and he leant me his season ticket, with plenty of gruesome threats as to the dire consequences should I mislay it. I took my shoe-buying friend, who isn't that interested in football but is a romanista if she's anything, and who had once expressed an interest in coming in the Curva Sud to see what it was like. It was a very empty day though: what with the long weekend (Friday was a bank holiday) and the warm weather, lots of people were not there. Perhaps at the beach, or in the country. No commitment, some people.
So what with the result looking safe, and the lack of urgency on the pitch in the second half, there was that kind of end-of-term feeling (water-fights, and much silliness with songs - like the song that counts down from 10 being started at 100 instead, in a silly yet curiously satisfying and remarkably loud way). And a fair amount of abuse of Torino & their chances of staying up: Nun se vedemo più, se salutamo adesso (this goes along with cheerio-style waving). By the end we'd gone through a good wedge of the songbook and were remiscing about players past ( ooooooooooooh Agostino [Di Bartolomei] etc).
Anyway while we were winning comfortably (Juan's inexplicable red card aside) Milan were beating sorry Livorno 4-1 while Juve-Lazio took things one step further on, finishing 5-2. Told you it was the end of term. Meanwhile, these games having selfishly thus used up most of the entire league's goal allowance, Napoli-Siena and Palermo-Atalanta both ended 0-0. Wins for Reggina (beating Parma) and Empoli (surprisingly winning at Genoa) in their quest for safety, while Cagliari lost at Inter and Catania likewise at Udinese. So the table looks like this:
Livorno look well and truly fucked (give us our two points back from last week you bastards). But there is still all to play for in relegation terms, it is surprisingly close. Meanwhile the disappointment of Fiorentina only drawing with Samp means that Milan are only 2 points of the Champions' League next season.
Debate of the day: after Totti's non-red card for saying vaffanculo to the ref at Udinese, and Collina's dictum of zero tolerance against swearing at the ref, there is more lip-reading fun to be had at Juventus. The ref blows up for a foul by Del Piero. The bianconero captain responds "Ma che cazzo fischi" and while being carded, walks away gesturing and offering a casual vaffa over his shoulder. Di Vaio was sent off today for the same offence. Why do Del Piero & Totti not get sent off in these cases then? Shall we bet as to whether Legrottaglie or Mudingayi or Calaiò would get away with telling the ref to fuck off?