Think a double-overtime basketball game is tough?
Try being an Argentine who has to address the crowd before an Argentina-Brazil game in Rio de Janeiro.
That’s what Luis Scola faced moments before the South American rivals’ Olympic matchup. He and Brazil’s Marcelinho Huertas met at center court before tip-off. After Huertas’ remarks in Portuguese, Scola tried to speak in Spanish _ not that anyone could hear him over the booing Brazilian fans.
“I was like, this is not going well,” Scola said. “They did not want to hear me speak, which was totally the opposite of what we were trying to do.”
Eventually they quieted down and Scola was able to talk, asking them to enjoy what became a 111-107 double-overtime victory by Argentina in a respectful manner and not engage in the violence that sometimes mars their soccer matches.
But Scola, who carried Argentina’s flag in the opening ceremony, said the fans aren’t the only problem. He pointed at athletes using terms like “war,” “battle” and “do or die,” saying that makes the games something they really aren’t.
“Nobody died today and nobody will die the next game,” Scola said. “It's just a game. Next time Brazil will win and nobody will die then, either.”